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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Popeye (2016)

Sony reveals new computer graphic animation test footage for the new “Popeye” movie. Since first appearing in comic strips since 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man has endured many transformations from animation, live action and comics created by E.C. Segar.  The new movie is expected to hit theaters in 2016 and  is already generating a  huge buzz on social media. The film animation is very different from past works but the movie preview footage seems to be more “colorful” and “creative”.

POPEYE_1The movie will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky himself that grew up being a fan of Popeye the sailor since his childhood. According to Genndy Tartakovsky, he had to make several alterations to the script to get the right tone for a Popeye film: “To do Popeye, it has to be broad physical comedy with half the dialogue that a normal movie has, and you want it to be really visceral. So it’s going to be ten times more cartoony than Hotel Transylvania (2012). But the biggest challenge is how do you take a tattooed, pipe-smoking sailor into today? That’s a challenge that we’re definitely trying to figure out: how to make it contemporary, but not take everything away from what’s been done.”

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2 is an upcoming American 3D computer animated series produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It is the sequel to the 2012 film, Hotel Transylvania. The movie will be directed by creator of the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars,  Genndy Tartakovsky. The movie will also star returning cast Adam Sandler and others such as Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, David Spade and Mel Brooks who will be playing Dracula’s father.  The film is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2015 by Columbia Pictures.

hotel_transylvania_ver21With the first Hotel Transylvania movie being a success and gaining $358 million at the box office I can see the sequel living up to high expectations. Especially with legendary actor, Mel Brooks taking one of the main roles of the film this movie is sure to draw in an audience of different ages. It’s been 40 years since Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein movie but overall, the  director is excited to be a part of a film and a character that reminds him of himself.  There are also other icons in the film who will be voicing in the films non-English versions. The other actors who will be playing Vlad internationally are legendary actors, Frances Michel Galabru, Japan’s Junji Inagawa, Holland’s Bram Van Der Vlugt and Belgiums Jacques Vermeire.

Mel Brooks is  an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist comedian, actor and producer.  His most notable works include, The producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankestein, History of the World, Part 1, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  Michel Galabru is a French actor that has appeared in over 200 movies and has worked with renowned Directors Bertrand Blier, Costa-Gavras Jean-Luc Godard. Junji Inagawa  is  a Japanese actor and director known for his movies,  Kataribe, Iki Ningyo and Shinso kyofu no genba 6.  His voice is instantly recognixed as the “go to” narrator of horror films. Hollands, Bram Van Vlugt has played in many television shows and cartoons and is most notably known for his portrayal of Sinterklass which is the main protagonist of the annual festival on December 5th in the Netherlands. Jacques Vermeire is from Belgium and is known for his Flemish performances with decades of memorable comic television and feature film portrayal.

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