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: 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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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.

 

43rd Annie Awards Nominees

Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 43rd Annual Annie Awards will be presented in 36 categories including animated feature, animated feature-independent, broadcast production(s), broadcast commercial, short subject, and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards
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The 43rd Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. You can watch the live showing here.

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42nd Annie Awards Winners

Best Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation SKG
  • Song of the Sea – GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
  • The Book of Life – Reel FX Animation Studios/Twentieth Century Fox
  • The Boxtrolls – Focus Features/Laika
  • The LEGO Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – GKIDS/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Voyager Pictures LLC
  • Dawn of the Dragon Racers – DreamWorks Animation
  • How Murray Saved Christmas – Universal Television
  • Polariffic – Bent Image Lab / Pershing Road Productions
  • Toy Story That Time Forgot – Pixar Animation Studios

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