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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2016: Fantoche International Animation Film Festival

Fantoche sits next to the annual festival in Baden for animation in all manifestations one. Throughout the year, Fantoche organized in cooperation with theaters, cultural institutions and festivals at home and abroad different programs to animation and enthusiasts.The festival is from September 6 to September 11, 2016. Located in  Baden, Switzerland.

Last years films included, World of Tomorrow which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animation. Festival sponsors include Sterk Cine Ag, Baranday, FedEx Express, Schwabe, Merker areal and RVBW. 14 feature films as premiere include “Ma vie de courgette” opened the Baden Animation Film Festival and “Kubo and the two strings.” There are twelve films from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Canada and the USA. 

Program

Kubo And The Two Strings Review

“If you must blink, do it now.” This is one of the first lines of the movie, Kubo and the two strings. I’ve been waiting a few years for this film to come out and it certainly reached my expectations. I honestly can say that this movie is probably one of the better, or even best Laika films I have seen. The storytelling was fantastic and kept the plot interesting and concise. While watching this film I was always at the edge of my seat. The animation or in this case stop motion was impeccable and had me wonder how they were able to capture certain moments from the monkeys hair, origami and fighting techniques. The voice acting was very well done and the plot in itself is something that really grabbed my attention. Kubo_and_the_Two_Strings_wallpapers_1600x1010-1I will not spoil anything but this movie has many messages of culture, acceptance and bravery all entwined into one. This movie can be enjoyed by children and adults and appreciated from both sides from the art style, soundtrack and plot. By the end of the movie I tried to hold back tears from the captivating message of the film and could relate to the individual characters shown throughout the film. Instead of having a movie focus solely on the hero you are shown the perspectives of the other characters and what they’ve experienced. The movie is a tale in itself and certainly tied at my heartstrings. I believe this movie will be nominated for an Academy Award this year. It will certainly earn a few awards at the Annie’s year. I’m hoping it makes the list and even is recognized as best animation this year compared to the other American films I’ve seen this year. I give this movie 5 strings out of 5. If you want more information on the plot please visit my previous blog post.

 

Laika Announces New Film, Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)

Laika an American stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films, commercial content for all mediums, music videos and short films have recently announced their new film for 2016. Laika known for their two Oscar nominations for Coraline, ParaNorman and most likely BoxTrolls for 2015 has announced their underway with their fourth installment with Focus Features. This will be the first movie in the the new three picture partnership between Laika and Focus.  Their new film, Kubo and the two strings will be filmed in the company’s signature 3D stop motion and CG technique. The new film is described as a “sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.” The film is set for release on August 19, 2016.

KPoster

The screenplay was written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer-director Chris Butler. CEO Travis Knight will be producing the film with Arianne Sutner who is known for working on the movie ParaNorman. The movie will feature a star-studded voice cast including, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Brenda Vaccaro. Art Parkinson, best known for his role on Game of Thrones playing Rickon Star will voice the title character Kubo.