Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature

It took 14 years after the smash success of “The Incredibles” for the sequel to appear but the wait was worth it. This continuation of the story was well-received by both critics (93 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($1.1 billion and counting). Can it parlay this success into an Oscar for Best Animated Feature?

The original film did just that, winning a tight race against “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the film that had won this award in its inaugural year (2001), and the box office smash “Shark Tale.” The latter was a surprise nominee, given that it merited a mere 35 score at Rotten Tomatoes. But it boasted an all-star voice cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese. And it’s jukebox musical style made it one of the catchiest flicks of the year.

“Shrek 2” hit theaters just two years after the original film won the first-ever Best Animated Feature Oscar over the critically acclaimed Pixar hit “Monster’s Inc.” and Nickelodeon’s hit “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.”

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“Shrek 2” equalled the 88% certified fresh rating for the original on Rotten Tomatoes. It added a slew more stars to the cast with Julie AndrewsAntonio Banderas, Jennifer Saunders, John Cleese and Rupert Everett joining Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy in the star-studded sequel.

“The Incredibles” did well to edge out the sequel and become the second Pixar feature film to Best Animated Feature. The year before, “Finding Nemo” claimed Pixar’s first Oscar by prevailing over “Brother Bear” and “The Triplets of Belleville.”

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Since those back-to-back wins, the animation powerhouse has claimed this Academy Award another seven times: “Ratatouille” (2007); “WALL-E” (2008); “Up” (2009); Toy Story 3″ (2010); “Brave” (2012); “Inside Out” (2015); and “Coco” (2017).

Do you think that “Incredibles 2” will move the record number of Oscars for Pixar into the double digits? After all, this film by Brad Bird merits a score of 94 at Rotten Tomatoes (that is only three points less than the original). Or will it suffer the same fates as “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” which was snubbed by academy voters two years ago?

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