“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is putting a new spin on the Animated Feature race at the Oscars. We had been predicting that “Incredibles 2” would win this Academy Award, just as the original film in the franchise had done back in 2005. Then Spidey swung into the New York Film Critics Circle awards and pulled off an upset by winning Best Animated Feature.
Given the glowing reviews for this animated version of the web slinger, which opens on Dec. 14, we shouldn’t have been so surprised. On Metacritic, it merits a score of 83; that is three more than “Incredibles 2.” And it is rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. That outpaces the positive notices for “Incredibles 2” by 6 points.
Many of the rave reviews make mention of the innovative visual style, which combines computer animation with traditional hand-drawn comic book techniques. Indeed, the aggregator’s critical consensus says the film “matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.”
This version is focused on Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker as the super-hero and is set in the “Spider-Verse”, which features alternate universes. This means it stands separate and apart from the live-action version played by Tom Holland, who lives over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A trio of talent — Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman — handled the helming working from a script by Phil Lord (“The Lego Movie”) and Rothman. Shameik Moore gives voice to Morales, with Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin.
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