February 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm #139176
The Best Animated Feature category wasn’t created until 2001. Had it come into being a few years earlier, however, I can’t help but wonder what would have won in 1999. This was one of absolute best overall years for animation with films like “Tarzan,” “South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut,” “Fantasia 2000,” and “The Iron Giant.” The race likely would have come down to two frontrunners, “Toy Story 2” and “Princess Mononoke.” I bring this up because we have a fairly similar race this year with “Frozen,” a massive critical and box office hit, and “The Wind Rises,” the reportedly last film from Hayao Miyazaki. I guess my question is, could “Princess Mononoke” have beaten “Toy Story 2” in 1999? If it could have, could “The Wind Rises” possibly upset “Frozen” this year?
And just for fun, let’s recognize some other films from the eighties and nineties that were unable to compete for Best Animated Feature.
The Black Cauldron (winner)
The Care Bears Movie
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
An American Tail (winner)
The Great Mouse Detective
The Transformers: The Movie
The Brave Little Toaster (winner)
The Chipmunk Adventure
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
The Land Before Time
Oliver and Company
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (winner)
All Dogs Go to Heaven
The Little Mermaid (winner)
Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
Jetsons: The Movie
The Rescuers Down Under (winner)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Beauty and the Beast (winner)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (winner)
We’re Back a Dinosaur Story
The Lion King (winner)
The Swan Princess
A Goofy Movie
Toy Story (winner)
Ghost in the Shell
James and the Giant Peach
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (winner)
Cat’s Don’t Dance
A Bug’s Life
The Prince of Egypt (winner)
Quest For Camelot
Chicken Run (winner)
The Emperor’s New Groove
The Road to El Dorado
Titan AEMarcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantFebruary 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm #139178
Toy Story 2 won have won this, no problem. It’s my personal favorite of the trilogy.February 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm #139179
If Princess Mononoke had a full year to build support like Spirited Away, win film festivals, and Miramax got everyone to see it, it might have stood a chance. It is superior to Toy Story 2, and I think is arguably Miyazaki’s most ambitious film and possibly his greatest.
Remember: this was a Miramax release, unlike all of the subsequent Studio Ghibli films. It’s really about timeliness and how widely seen it could have been by the Academy. How could they say no to this?February 8, 2014 at 7:25 am #139180
I think that it also depends on when the category was introduced in this scenario. If 19999 was its first year, I think Toy Story 2 would have won. If it was introduced before Toy Story came out, then Toy Story would have won in 1995, and Mononoke would have probably taken it in ’99.
Come participate in this year's Goldderby Rankings! http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/2017-goldderby-rankings/February 8, 2014 at 10:00 am #139181
The Iron Giant, Tarzan and Toy Story 2 are the best in my opinion, with Toy Story 2 winning in a cakewalk.February 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm #139182
Would Who Framed Roger Rabbit have been eligible?
February 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm #139183
Well if “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Looney
Toons: Back in Action” were eligible, why not? Even if it was part
live-action, “Roger Rabbit” still got people interested in animation
again, leading into a new animation renaissance with “The Little
Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.”February 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm #139184
The Iron Giant, Tarzan and Toy Story 2 are the best in my opinion, with Toy Story 2 winning in a cakewalk.
Have you seen Princess Mononoke?Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantFebruary 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm #139185
Perfect Blue probably would have won in ’97 if this category existed back then.February 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm #139186
[quote=”tyman21″]The Iron Giant, Tarzan and Toy Story 2 are the best in my opinion, with Toy Story 2 winning in a cakewalk.
Have you seen Princess Mononoke? [/quote]
Never saw it. Don’t really follow those Japanese amines.