It's almost here. The Superbowl of Hollywood (a.k.a. The Academy Awards) will be held for its 80th run on February 24. With the announcement ceremony on January 22, I would like to take a moment to look at one of my favorite categories: Best Animated Feature.
Some real gems have been nominated in this category in the past (i.e. Spirited Away, The Incredibles
, The Triplets of Belleville
, etc.). For this year's Oscars, there are 12 animated features that have been submitted for consideration:
"Alvin and the Chipmunks
," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
," "Bee Movie
," "Meet the Robinsons
," "Shrek the Third, " "The Simpsons Movie
," "Surf's Up
, " and "TMNT
Now with that polite introduction out of the way, I beg to differ with the nominations and winner in this category at the Golden Globes. "Ratatoullie" took home the prize, with "Bee Movie" and "The Simpsons" as its competition. It's tough to live in a world where you have to compete against Brad Bird. He's good, damn good at what he does. But, at least in my opinion, "Ratatouille" is not his best (Let's face it, "The Incredibles" set the bar pretty high). Here is my Best Animated Feature Wish List.
"The Simpsons Movie"
I don't feel that I am being biased. Who doesn't have the Simpsons as part of their childhood? The humor and the yellow lives of this Springfield family have shaped into the most popular and successful animated television show in the history of the universe. "The Simpsons," by far, was the most anticipated and longest awaited film (and it lived up to everyone's expectations).
The aesthetics and beautiful construction of this black and white journey into the Islamic Revolution through the point of view of an outspoken little girl is a much needed addition to the animation world. "Persepolis" reminds me of another film, in terms of stunning visuals and content, that was snubbed by the Academy (that film is "Pan's Labyrinth." I know its live action, but a good, unique story is a good, unique story and it lost for Best Foreign Film). The fact that this film wasn't even in the running at the Golden Globes worries me a great deal.
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters"
I'm allowed one guilty pleasure. It would make my day if "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" got an Oscar nod. The Adult Swim show is so wonderfully absurd and unpredictable. Especially in TV, and even in a lot of animated series, shows can get predicable. This show can go anywhere it pleases without explanation or care for its viewer's mental state afterwards. This, in my book, is fine with me. I personally would like to see a big surprise at the Academy Awards in this, sometimes, predictable category.
I have accepted the fact that whatever Brad Bird touches is going to get top honors and, ultimately, end up in the Best Animated Feature category. "Ratatouille" isn't a bad movie; however, I believe it's not Bird's best work. Catchy title or no catchy title.
Lets see what the verdict is come January 22. I'm pretty sure I'll have a thing or two to say about it. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Make a comment.
Story by Destiny Lopez
Starpulse.com contributing writer