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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New Short Film With Finding Dory: Piper

This could be Disney Pixar’s cutest character creation yet. Meet Piper, the star of the animated short releasing theaterically with Finding Dory on June 17th. This new character is a bright eyed, little beach-dewlling bird named Piper. The short is about six minutes and was a inspiration from director Alan Barillaro. Alan Barillaro would run alongside the shore and notice birds in the ocean and on the beach. He wanted to portay a character that wants to venture out but might be to fearful of the adventures that lie ahead. The story is about a bird encountering a small hermit crab who teaches her the new way of the waves. It’s about a story of growing up and a child learning from a parent. The story took about 3 years to develop and with the same theme of talking animals on adventures such as with Finding Dory it was a perfect time to put the short on the big screen.
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Disney’s 2015 D23 Expo Movie Lineup

The movies announced at D23 this year are:

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA)
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Finding Dory (June 17,2016)
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Finding Dory (2016) Setting Revealed

The primary setting of Andrew Stanton‘s 2016 Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, has been revealed. While the film undoubtedly will take place in the ocean, a new interview with Pixar President Jim Morris revealed that the bulk of the movie – which follows Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) on a quest to remember her past and find her parents – takes place in another aquatic location. From what we’ve learned from yesterdays interview, the movie will take places at the “Marine Biology Institute of California” as a rehabilitation complex for marine and aquarium life. Dory will learn that she was born and raised there but will be released in the ocean still young.
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By setting the story at the Marine Biology Institute, the door is opened for a ton of new characters, some of which we already know of. There are Dory’s parents Charlie and Jenny, voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, as well as a funny beluga whale, Bailey, voiced by Ty Burrell. We’d also heard Idris Elba and Dominic West.  The movie will be released June 17,2016 and more information will be released in the upcoming months.