Greetings and salutations.
May I present to you the nominees for Best Animated Picture for 2012. These are the drawn, rendered and/or modeled films which stood out above their peers. The best animated movies of the year!
Click through to see which animated movies earned nominations!
Pixar’s latest is the also their first to feature a female protagonist. Merida gives girls everywhere an animated hero to call their own. Its story takes a more traditional tact than most Pixar offerings, which led to a certain degree of criticism. Still, however, Pixar’s commitment to quality shines through. First rate animation, humor, and a valuable lesson about the importance of family makes “Brave” one of the year’s best.
Tim Burton’s stop motion animated film about a boy who resurrects his dog is gorgeous to look at, and feels deeply personal. It features the director’s trademark off-beat, slightly dark characters, and his mildly morbid humor. It is, after all, a movie about a boy who re-animates the corpse of his dead dog. But it has a big heart, and is ultimately sweet. The stop motion animation and the decision to film in black and white also help set the film apart from its peers.
Rise of the Guardians
Dreamworks Animation adds another gem to its growing library of excellent animated titles. “Guardians” imagines the mythological heroes of children’s holiday stories as a group of heroes, bound together to protect the children of the world. When the boogeyman threatens, they have to bolster their numbers by adding the impulsive Jack Frost. Imaginative, original and gorgeously drawn, “Guardians” is a holiday treat for the whole family.
The Secret World of Arrietty
“The Secret World of Arrietty” tells the story of a family of “borrowers”, miniature people who live beneath the floors of a human family. When the young girl, Arrietty, is spotted by the human boy who’s just moved in, it throws her family’s peaceful existence into turmoil. Featuring animation from the renown Studio Ghibli, and a script by famed director Hayao Miyazaki, “Arrietty” is like a wonderfully illustrated fable.
When a video game’s villain decides he’s tired of being the bad guy, he leaves his game and sets out to prove he can be a hero, too. He leaves his game and heads off for others, setting off a chain of events that changes the arcade forever. With nods to the classic video games of yore, a hero with a fantastic motivation and loads of great action sequences, “Wreck-It-Ralph” really isn’t so bad after all!
There you have it, people. The best animated films of the year… of course, only one will be chosen as the best.
What do you think? Any snubs? ParaNorman fans out there? Lorax lovers? Any of these up for consideration that you disagree with?
Let us hear it!!