Sunday, February 10, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Animated Feature

Didn't think it was the strongest year for animation all around, but there was lots of variety of technique upon which to feast the eyes. My five Best Animated Features nominees are:

Brave (Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews):
Pixar deviates from its own tradition, opting for a more simplistic narrative with few artistic risks and a more calculated payoff, but that doesn't make the story any less beautiful or touching, rendered here by their most stunning animation to date.

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton):
Not since Edward Scissorhands has Burton made a film as personal as this, serving up an even blend of horror pastiche, macabre humour, and ultimately pathos. It avoids needless dialogue, often allowing Burton's black-and-white compositions to tell the story.

ParaNorman (Chris Butler, Sam Fell):
Kid-friendly horror flicks of acceptable quality are hard to come by, let alone ones with important messages about tolerance and looking past prejudice. While it leans mostly towards appeasing children, adults can't help but gape in awe, for it is a marvel of technique.

The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi):
Patient, contemplative, quiet, and gentle; this artistically visualized adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers flies in the face of American animation's typically manic style. Even when it borders on putting its viewers to sleep, it's a lovely movie.

Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore):
While it starts out merely as a clever homage to the arcade culture of the eighties, it transitions into a beautifully spun tale about seeking acceptance and discovering self-worth. Quite frankly the best movie Walt Disney Studios has given us since the 1990s.

1 comment:

  1. Lot of missed potential in the category this year. But Wreck-It-Ralph was certainly one of the best movies of 2012.