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  • Nick Spake
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    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.

    1985
    The Black Cauldron (winner)
    The Care Bears Movie
    Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

    1986
    An American Tail (winner)
    The Great Mouse Detective
    The Transformers: The Movie

    1987
    The Brave Little Toaster (winner)
    The Chipmunk Adventure
    Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night

    1988
    The Land Before Time
    Oliver and Company
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (winner)

    1989
    Akira
    All Dogs Go to Heaven
    The Little Mermaid (winner)

    1990
    Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
    Jetsons: The Movie
    The Rescuers Down Under (winner)

    1991

    An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

    Beauty and the Beast (winner)

    Rock-a-Doodle

    1992

    Aladdin (winner)

    Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
    Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

    1993

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (winner)

    We’re Back a Dinosaur Story

    1994

    The Lion King (winner)

    The Swan Princess

    Thumbelina

    1995

    A Goofy Movie

    Pocahontas

    Toy Story (winner)

    1996

    Ghost in the Shell

    James and the Giant Peach

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (winner)

    1997

    Anastasia (winner)

    Cat’s Don’t Dance

    Hercules

    1998

    Antz

    A Bug’s Life

    Mulan

    The Prince of Egypt (winner)

    Quest For Camelot

    2000

    Chicken Run (winner)

    Dinosaur

    The Emperor’s New Groove

    The Road to El Dorado
    Titan AE

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Toy Story 2 won have won this, no problem. It’s my personal favorite of the trilogy.

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    KT
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    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?

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    ETPhoneHome
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    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.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    The Iron Giant, Tarzan and Toy Story 2 are the best in my opinion, with Toy Story 2 winning in a cakewalk.

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    nkb325
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    Would Who Framed Roger Rabbit have been eligible?
     

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    Nick Spake
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    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.”

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    KT
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    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? 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Perfect Blue probably would have won in ’97 if this category existed back then.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    [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. 

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    KT
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    I highly recommend Mononoke.  It’s very accessible and a master achievement of animation.

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