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  • Richard LeBeau
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    #42031

    I apologize if this is already somewhere on the forum, but I did a search and did not see a topic devoted to this year’s race.  In my opinion, this has been a dismal year for animated films (at least the ones that have had wide releases in the US) and voters are going to be hard pressed to find even three nominees or a worthy winner unless something big comes along in the 4th quarter. 

    Am I overlooking some high profile ones or are the following really all that we’ve got this year?  How do y’all see it turning out?

    Arthur Christmas – We won’t know until it’s released but this one looks far too slight to make any type of impact.
    Cars 2 – Widely considered to be the first Pixar failure critically, it was not the box office hit it needed to be to overcome the negative reviews.
    Gnomeo & Juliet – Although it is not a great film, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.  In a weak year, it could sneak in.  
    Happy Feet 2 –
    The first one inexplicably won (its win, for me, is one of the most undeserving in the last 2 decades), so this one could have a shot.  
    Hoodwinked Too – With an 11% at Rotten Tomatoes and a final gross of $17 million (about half of its production budget), there is no way this is getting in.  
    Kung Fu Panda 2 – The previous one was nominated and it has a strong 83% at Rotten Tomatoes, but its lackluster box office in the US ($165 million, down $50 million for its predecessor) and silliness will probably prevent it from being a major player.
    Puss in Boots – It has some strong reviews, but we will need to see the rest of them and the box office before determining whether this is a contender.  
    Rango – With an 88% at Rotten Tomatoes, it is the one to beat critically, but it didn’t wow at the box office (only $123 million in America, which is not high compared to big budget animated features with such a huge star at its center) and its very early release will likely make it forgotten.
    Rio – Failed to wow critically or commercially and all but forgotten at this point.
    The Smurfs – I am not entirely sure this is eligible, but even if it is, I can’t imagine the Academy going for it due to its lowbrow humor and poor critical reception.
    Winnie-the-Pooh – Another one that is loved by critics but had an incredibly soft landing at the box office.  I would like to see it included, but I doubt it. 

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    blueprint
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    #42033

    It will be interesting to see whether the academy is able to pass Cars 2. It really doesn’t deserve to be nominated, but it’s still a Pixar film and the competition does not seem very strong.
    At this point I’d say Rango is the only sure bet. Rio, Pooh or one of the sequels might fill the other slots. It’s truly a shame Tangled wasn’t released this year. It might have won and now it has not even been nominated. Really sad.

    Happy Feet inexplicably won?? How about it being the best out of the nominated films. Cars sucked big time, that concept alone was horrible in the first place, and Monster House was quite dull at certain moments. HF might not be the best Animated Feature to ever win this category and has its flaws too (tap dancing penguins), but it’s highly entertaining while delivering a message to children.

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    Vincent Yeoh (aka Vinny)
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    #42034

    I would be pretty surprised if Tin Tin doesn’t get a nomination and even win.
    I don’t think the Smurfs would qualify, but even if it does, The Muppets would be a much stronger choice.

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    blueprint
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    #42035

    I read somewhere Tin Tin is ineligible beacuse of its motion capture animation.

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    Scottferguson
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    #42036

    Here is the list of 18 qualifying films:

    “The Adventures of Tintin”
    “Alois Nebel”
    “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
    “Arthur Christmas”
    “Cars 2″
    “A Cat in Paris”
    “Chico & Rita”
    “Gnomeo & Juliet”
    “Happy Feet Two”
    “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”
    “Kung Fu Panda 2″
    “Mars Needs Moms”
    “Puss in Boots”
    “Rango”
    “Rio”
    “The Smurfs”
    “Winnie the Pooh”
    “Wrinkles”

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    Paul Hanlin Jr
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    #42037

    My final five:

    Gnomeo and Juliet
    Puss in Boots
    Rango
    Rio
    Winnie the Pooh

    Dreamworks >>>>>> Pixar this year.  

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    Junk
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    #42038

    I found Rango the most funny, but my vote would go for Rio. Loved that movie.

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    Adam Waldowski
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    #42039

    That is outrageous that The Smurfs is on the eligibility list. But this whole category is a joke, so whatever.

    The Adventures of Tintin
    Arthur Christmas
    Happy Feet 2
    Rango
    Winnie the Pooh 

    If the Pixar nonsense continues this year, my head may explode.

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    Scottferguson
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    #42040

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    What makes it outrageous that The Smurfs is on the list? The list includes all animated films that open for 7 days in an LA Co theatre and fill in eligibility forms.

    Alois Nebel is also the Czech submission for FL film.

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    M H
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    #42041

    If they are going to keep this category, they really need to change the rules so that there are never more than three nominees. There are enough eligible this year for five, meaning that more than 25% of the eligible films will be nominated. Ridiculous. 

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    iskolar
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    #42042

    Is Tin Tin eligible or not? It’s on the 18 qualified films posted above?

    I don’t care that much with the animated films this year, but i’m hoping a small spot alloted for Winnie the Pooh.

    Here is my prediction:

    “The Adventures of Tintin”
    “Happy Feet Two”
    “Puss in Boots”
    “Rango”
    “Winnie the Pooh”

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    Adam Waldowski
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    #42043

    Tintin is not eligible. The list I posted is directly from the Academy listing the 18 films that are.

    That list starts with The Adventures of Tintin, haha. 

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    Scottferguson
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    #42044

    Sure does, not sure why I missed it

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    blueprint
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    #42045

    Why is TinTin eligible?? I thought mo-cap doesn’t qualify for this award?

    I cannot believe that there will be five nominees in such a weak year for animation, but Tangled and Despicable Me had to go unrecognized last year.

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    Adam Waldowski
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    #42046

    I just saw Happy Feet Two. How dreadful! I really dread this year’s Animated Feature nominees this year with so many miserable sequels in the mix.

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