The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Animated Picture Nominees

Best Animated Picture Nominees

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 guardiansRise 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.


Secret World of ArriettyThe 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 Hayaoย Miyazaki, “Arrietty” is like a wonderfully illustrated fable.

Wreck It RalphWreck-It-Ralph

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? ParaNormanย fans out there? Lorax lovers? Any of these up for consideration that you disagree with?

Let us hear it!!

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66 thoughts on “The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Animated Picture Nominees

  1. Franken-freaking-weenie! All the way! I love this movie. It was actually my #10 movie of the year and as someone who doesn’t like Tim Burton that says a lot. Burton really dialed it back with this one. The story mixed with the horror movie homage worked perfectly for me. Easy pick!

  2. The only one I saw was Brave, I’m not sure it’s strong enough to be considered Oscar worthy though. I’ve heard such good things about Wreck it Ralph, looking forward to seeing it.

  3. I finally got to see Brave last week, and was surprised how much more impressed by it than I was by Wreck-it Ralph. I don’t think either of them deserve a best-of-anything… they’re both mediocre, I thought. But Brave is a better mediocre. Maybe that’s just the Dad in me that would rather see my daughter be more like post-lesson-learned Merida than Vanillope, even if she can innately drive stick.

    • Heh!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now there’s a unique analysis. I love it. Family respect via bear magic trumps how to work a clutch. Roger that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ll go out and say that this was a year without a true animation great. I dont think any of these films will be put on the top shelf of animation classics, you’re right. But I do have to say that both of them are easily amongst the year’s best, its just that it wasnt the best of years…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Must have missed this somehow, Film Score Hunter, sorry about that. I’d love to see that too, but of course, the Golden Globes already copped out and went Pixar… doesnt bode well for the Oscars. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. Seen ParaNorman and wasn’t impressed and the only one ive seen out of the choices is Brave. I know a lot didn’t like it but I loved it. Biased or not, I’ll choose that wee cracker. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I finally saw more than one of the nominees!

    Secret World of Arrietty definitely should win! I’m always in love with the magic of Hayao Miyazaki’s work! But then, Brave was pretty awesome also. The detail in that animation was pretty amazing..and the story was fun and heartwarming. Loved it!

    I’m still hoping for Arrietty to win this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m a total Studio Ghibli neophyte, as I’m sure you know. But I’ve been trying to catch up with them now… after I saw Howls Moving Castle, I had to rush to see this one (Cause it was right there on VOD). Sure enough, it was excellent.

      I’m not sure it’s going to have enough to overpower some of these Western animation contenders and take the crown, but it’s certainly worthy!

  6. Interesting choices compared to the Oscars. My favorite by far is still Wreck-It Ralph, though the rest are all great choices too. I still need to see Frankenweenie and Rise of the Guardians, which seems like a better choice than Pirates. I also like the inclusion of Arriette, such a great movie and the only traditional animation on the list.

    • Thanks Bubba. Yeah, Pirates shocked me. I know Tanski loved it, but… to me it was way too dry. Maybe it was the claymation factor… I dont know.

      Paranorman surprised me a little too. I’m glad it got in, but it definitely was a surprising inclusion to the field.

      Meanwhile, yeah, Arrietty was awesome. They do really really good things at that studio, I’m dying to check out even more of their offerings… ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Fogs, My Friend, I May Have To Simply Refrain From Commenting On These Awards. This Has Been A Bad Year For Me, In Regard To Movies.
    I’ve Seen Exactly Jack-Shit. I Read Your Selections And Am Like: “Didn’t See It”,
    “Didn’t See it”, “Haven’t Seen It YET”, etc etc
    So I May Bow-Out Of 2012 hahaha
    Better Than Appearing Foolish, Ya Know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. hmmm I guess I will go with Frankenweenie although I did like Paranorman as well. Thanks to my boy I have seen more films in this category than Best Picture.

    • LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, maybe not in MY Best Picture category. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I try not to focus solely on stuffy Oscar bait material LOL. I know I’ve got a few in there that have been given the “Three Guys” triple review.

  9. Loved “Wreck-It Ralph. (The only animated film on my Best List). I would give “Pirates: Band Of Misfits” a close second.

    • Yeahhhh… Im still not sure entirely why, but “Pirates” failed to connect with me in a big way. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was suprised to see it get an Oscar nom, but I’m more than willing to raise my hand and admit it’s on me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. Now here’s a category I feel like I’m on relatively safe ground with. Somehow I actually saw four animated films from this year — The Lorax, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Brave and Wreck-It Ralph.

    I was surprised to see the Academy nominated Pirates; I liked it, but I really felt it was a niche appeal film. Not surprised to see you omit it, and not going to object. Also not objecting to the omission of The Lorax; good, enjoyable, but not top-tier.

    Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians and The Secret World of Arriety are all on my watch list (sometimes on your recommendation). Even though it’s prejudging, though, I somehow don’t see any of them taking it home for me.

    That leaves Brave and Wreck-It Ralph, which were probably the front-runners all along. I think Wreck-It Ralph has the better story. I think Brave is the more beautiful film. Wouldn’t object to either winning the Oscar or the MAJOR.

    • “I was surprised to see the Academy nominated Pirates; I liked it, but I really felt it was a niche appeal film. Not surprised to see you omit it, and not going to object.”

      Thank you. I agree. I was really surprised the academy included it. Oh well, no skin off of my nose. LOL

      Wreck It Ralph and Brave should easily be considered front runners as far as the Oscar goes. As far as the MAJORs go, well, it’s anybody’s game ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Frankenweenie takes the prize. this film had heart, charm and the “good” Tim Burton touch. I thought I’d be over it by the time it came out. We were inundated with trailers for six months, often playing with odd films to run in front of. Five minutes on and I was hooked. Black and white, and the kitchen tools for lab equipment modeled on Dr. Frankenstein–excellent

    • Yeah it definitely had a lot going for it, no doubt. Funny you bring up that marketing campaign. We definitely did get a ton of promotion for this one, didnt we? It probably need it, as the concept of a black and white stop motion animation film about a boy who resurrects his dog might be a bit of what youd call a “Tough Sell” LOL.

      He pulled it off in the end. My only wish was that he had taken the opportunity to let Sparky go and impart a lesson at the end as opposed to taking the easy way out and not making anyone face anything difficult. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. I’d go Frankenweenie although I did enjoy Guardians. ParaNorman is great too, I thought the animation in that was brilliant. Very interested to see which picks up the Oscar for this one, especially as Aardman’s The Pirates: Band of Misfits (or In An Adventure with Scientists as it’s called over here) got a surprise nomination.

  13. Wreck it Ralph wins bonus points in my book. Great story, solid characters, watchable for anyone young or old. And with so many people playing video games now, it resonates on a whole other level.

    Arriety is another “Borrowers” so good but not original.
    Brave was good not great.
    Frankenweenie is novel but niche in my opinion.
    Rise of the Guardians is a strong challenger but confuses childhood myths in a new story (for me anyhow).
    They are all good though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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