2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animation

Here is a list of the few animations I believe that will make the top lists of Best Animation at the Oscars this year: Of course there is room for development.

Finding Dory (Pixar/Disney)
The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016, and was released in the United States on June 17, 2016. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the second Pixar film to cross this mark following Toy Story 3 (2010). The film set numerous records, including the biggest animated opening of all time in North America, emerging as the biggest animated film of all time in the U.S. and has become the biggest Pixar film release in China.

One year after reuniting Nemo with his father, Marlin, Dory has become a helping hand in raising Nemo. One day during a lesson with Nemo’s class, Dory recalls through a childhood flashback that she has a family. She decides to look for them but finds her short-term memory loss to be an obstacle. The only thing she remembers is that they lived at the Jewel of Morro Bay.

Kimi no Na wa / Your name (Funimation)
Kimi no Na Wa has now surpassed Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo anime film, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar film. The only anime films to earn more are Ghibli and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke . Kimi no Na Wa will be released by Funimation before 2017 to qualify for an Oscar. Your Name will run at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall for one week, Dec. 2 to 9, qualifying it for the 2016 Oscars. A film must run for a week in LA county in order to qualify. A wider theatrical release is planned for the first quarter of 2017.

The film, themed around “miracles and love,” follows the story of high school students Mitsuha and Taki. In dreams, they swap bodies. While a love story, Kimi no Na Wa features several more layers of complexity as the two protagonists search for the secret to their dream swapping. The story reportedly takes inspiration from Torikaebaya Monogatari, a 12th-century tale where two siblings display the mannerisms of the opposite sex.


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Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D American-Chinese computer animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. The film is classified as a comedy martial arts film and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is sequel to the 2011 Film Kung Fu Panda 2 and the Kung Fu Panda Franchise. The film had a limited release in China on January 23, 2016 and a united States release, January 29, 2016.
The film was directed by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. They were also the writers of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The executive producer is famous, Guillermo del Toro and produced by Melissa Cobb. Kung Fu Panda 3 returned some of the famous voice actors from the previous films and had a new cast as well. Some of these voices included, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K Simmons, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan.  The 95 minute film received positive reviews and has a 7.2 out of 10 rating on IMDb. It had a budget of  $145 million but accumulated $519.9 million at the box office.
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Our story takes place  in the Spirit Realm with Turtle, Grandmaster Oogway. Grandmaster Oogway  fights against an adversary named Kai, who has defeated other kung fu masters in the realm and taken their qi, turning them into small jade charms. Oogway willingly gives in and also has his qi stolen, but not before warning Kai that the Dragon Warrior, Po will stop him. Kai takes this as a challenge to steal the qi from the Dragon Warrior and returns to the mortal realm. Po must find a way to find his inner peace and qi to defeat Kai. With the help from his friends, long lost father and family he battles not only his strongest enemy but his inner self and doubt as well. The real question is, will he find his inner qi in time and survive in the process?

Being a fan of the Kung Fu Panda Franchise I was excited to see this film. The characters were hilarious with their dialogue and the animation was absolutely stunning. The opening shots of the spirit realm are gorgeous with lighting, colors and 3d animation. I also really enjoy that the movies have stayed true with the Chinese elements and teachings of martial arts. I also enjoyed that they incorporated inner peace and qi as an entity and compared that to the strength behind your friends and family. What I also enjoyed was the soundtrack and film score of Hans Zimmer that has also worked on the previous films. I also liked that they incorporated renowned Asian musicians such as Chinese pianist lang lang, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, pop singer Jay Chou and Canadian Taiwanese young singer Patrick Brasca.
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2016: Canterbury Anifest

Canterbury Anifest is an award-winning animation festival and the largest annual event of this kind in the South East. It’s a great community event that invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With its range of workshops, masterclasses, talks and films, it has something for everyone. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation. The festival is from September 30 to October 2, 2016 in Canterbury, Kent.(United Kingdom)
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Founded in 2007 by Canterbury City Council, the festival has been programmed and delivered by a number of different teams over the years. Since the humble beginnings of that first festival, Anifest has grown dramatically, welcoming the likes of Aardman, Double Negative, DreamWorks, LAIKA, Pixar, and The Ray Harryhausen Foundation. We’ve also been fortunate to welcome individuals who have played leading roles in the production of films such as Avatar, Ghost in the Shell, and X-Men, to name but a few. In 2016, Canterbury Christ Church University took over ownership of the festival and handed the responsibility of delivering the next Anifest to a small team of media lecturers – who also happen to be huge animation enthusiasts.

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Dreamworks, Trolls (2016)

Trolls is an upcoming American 3D computer animated musical comedy based on the troll dolls by Thomas Dam. The movie is directed by Mike itchell and Walt Dohrn. The films stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand and Iconc Pop. The film is scheduled to be released on November 4th 2016 by 20th Century Fox. The budget of the film consisted of $120 million and was announced back in 210 to create a film based on the popular childrens toys.

 

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Nimona comic mashup with Feast Director

To those that enjoy epic quests, science fiction and shape shifting comic characters you are in for a surprise if you happen to be familiar with the Nimona comic. Nimona is a fantasy and sci fi comic written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson. Stevenson started her webcomic while attending Maryland Institute College of Art in order to complete her senior thesis in 2012. HarperCollins eventually published her work as a young adult graphic novel in May 2015. The title character is a rambunctious young shape shifter and the sidekick of supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a knight turned mad scientist who’s pursued by his nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenlion. The first five chapters focus on the differences in outlook between Nimona and her adventures against the villainous Institution at Sir Ambrosius Goldenlions wrath. Nimona has been well received and was awarded Best Web Comic of 2012 and was nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award. It certainly isn’t a surprise to see that the comic has been given the go to be turned into a movie.
Patrick Osborne has been given the reigns of bringing this comic to life for Fox Animation. With an Oscar for best animated short under his belt and recognition for  Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and Bolt, I can see him doing a fantastic job in keeping this comic faithful to Stevenson’s work. Stevenson’s other comic, Lumberjanes has been given the go for a live-action adaptation. Marc Haimes, who is a former DreamWorks executive is attached to writing the screenplay. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee ad Adam Stone will produce the film. Fox’s last non-Blue Sky animated feature was Reel FX’s, The Book of Life, which was released last fall and was nominated for a top spot on the best animated list at the Oscars. A release date has not yet to be announced but good things are surely to come to our heroines.

Home “Feel the Light” Music Video

With Home being released later this year there will be more promotional music videos, advertisements and concept art for DreamWorks next big film. With the latest Oscar snub towards, How To Train Your Dragon 2 I’m personally hoping this movie does well at the box office and for review critics.

Academy Awards: Best Animated Film

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The Boxtrolls

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

Big Hero 6

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Don Hall and Roy Conli

How To Train Your Dragon 2

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Dean DeBlois. He was previously nominated for: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
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