Judgment On The Animated Oscar Nominations

So in case you haven’t heard, about a week ago, a bunch of animated films were nominated for the Oscars. What’s my thoughts on them? Well here’s a quick filler post that details my completely biased and correct opinions.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – Didn’t care much for the first one and the reviews said the sequel wasn’t as good.
“The Croods” – Never saw this.
“Despicable Me 2” – Gave me some laughs but nothing special.
“Epic” – Absolutely annoying.
“Ernest and Celestine” – Haven’t seen, but it looks like a cute charming French film. I actually haven’t seen French animation yet. Need to rectify that.
“The Fake” – Haven’t seen this.
“Free Birds“ – I can safely say this is terrible without having seen it. The trailer was practically “Mars Needs Moms” bad.
“Frozen” – Not out in theatres yet so I can’t say.
“Khumba” – This looks terrible.
“The Legend of Sarila” – Ugly CG characters + religious plot = bad first impression
“A Letter to Momo” – It was okay. Beautiful animation. Serviceable story. Bad pacing.
“Monsters University” – Direct to DVD special that got a movie budget.
“O Apóstolo” – Haven’t seen, but stop-motion animation usually makes me happy.
“Planes” – Dane Cook = no.
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion” – I’ll make my judgment when I see it on December.
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury” – So this isn’t related to that mediocre bird movie? Don’t care. Punt.
“The Smurfs 2” – Heard it was in the same vein as the first, which I hated.
“The Wind Rises” – Haven’t seen, but I generally like Miyazaki movies.

Evangelion 3.0 is not a nomination candidate because it never aired in Los Angeles. It’s a shame, because it’s the best animated movie to come out recently by far, although if Madoka Movie 3 is in the same vein as the Eva movie like I heard, maybe it’d get my vote. I guess out of the stuff I’ve seen, A Letter to Momo would be the best, but that’s mostly due to the fact that everything else I know of is utter crap. Will probably vote for Miyazaki’s film over everything else here because the guy hasn’t released a film I didn’t like up to this point, but you never know. And whilst I tend to like Disney animated movies, I’ve never really seen one that was Oscar-worthy aside from maybe The Great Mouse Detective.

So in conclusion, the Oscars once again suck this year. Although I’ll have to look at the Best Picture candidates first before I fully stick to that judgment.

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