Monday, November 06, 2006

TOONS UP FOR OSCARS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has released a list of the eligible animated movie for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A Whopping sixteen films meet Academy requirements!

Included in this list are Warner Bros.' The Ant Bully and Happy Feet, The Weinstein Co.'s Arthur and the Invisibles, Paramount/Nickelodeon's Barnyard, Disney/Pixar's Cars, Disney's The Wild, Universal's Curious George, 20th Century Fox's Everyone'’s Hero and Ice Age: The Meltdown, DreamWorks/Aardman's Flushed Away, DreamWorks' Over the Hedge, Sony's Monster House and Open Season, Warner Independent's A Scanner Darkly, Miramax's Renaissance and Sony Pictures Classics' Paprika.

Out of all of these films only three will be nominated. It should be easy to narrow down. Many of these movies were terrible and obviously will not be considered. (I noticed that Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss didn't make the cut!)

I hope to see Monster House and Over the Hedge nominated although I don't expect to see Over the Hedge because usually the films have to be technically impressive as well as visually and mentally engaging. Monster House fits that bill with their motion capture process.

My guess is that Monster House will be nominated, A Scanner Darkly or Renaissance will be nominated because of its rotoscoping technique and also the art house factor, and Paprika because they usually throw in an anime if they can help it.

Not an impressive list but that is due to the overwhelming number of crappy CG movie that cam out this year. Here's hoping for next year.

Nominations will be handed out January 23 and the Academy Awards are on February 25.

2 comments:

Chip Chief said...

pretty soon, this animated category is going to be obsolete. Is Monster House more animated than Star Wars Episode III? Both use extensive motion capture. What about Roger Rabbit? Would that be eligible for best animated feature?

So, have you seen Paprika? I haven't heard much about it.

Neither did I see A Scanner Darkly, but it would be interesting if it won. Not exactly what most people think of when they hear "best animated picture." That could be a good thing for animation, as its clearly not a family film.

coolshades said...

I vote for Happy Feet! Yes, I know it's not out yet...but I already like it :P