Friday, February 13, 2015

ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2015

5 SHORTS:

The BIGGER PICTURE - National Film and Television School, UK  – Winner of many prizes including Cannes, Annecy. Written, directed and animated by Daisy Jacobs, produced by Christopher Hees. Unusual technique, serious subject: two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. Life-sized painted characters with stop-motion props.

The DAM KEEPER - Tonko House Studios, US. Written and directed by former Pixar art directors Robert Kindo and Dice Tsutsumi. CGI with a look of translucent pastels and stunning lighting. The usual warm fuzzy Pixney-type story of trying to make friends and fit in.

FEAST - Disney Animation, US. Directed by Patrick Osborne, produced by Kristina Reed, John Lasseter. A puppy is alarmed by his diet. Strong visual story-telling with a lineless, flat look. The animation is, as always, wonderful but I miss lines. It's not drawing without lines.
CGI with the Meander software used in PAPERMAN. (OSCAR winner 2015)

ME AND MY MOULTON - Mikrofilm and the National Film Board of Canada, Canada. Written and directed by Torrill Kove, animated in Norway and Canada. Girls wanting a bicycle get what they didnt expect and handle their disappointment with grace. Charming, stylish, touching, funny and hand-drawn.

A SINGLE LIFE - Dutch Film Fund, SNS Real Fund and Pathé Cinemas, Holland. Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen, written by Marieke Blaauw. A vinyl record lets Pia travel through the five stages of her life. A very short short with a very grim ending. CGI

5 FEATURES:

BIG HERO 6 - Disney Animation, US. Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson. Features Marvel comics characters: a nurse/robot Baymax and robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his friends. Strong Asian flavor. CGI (Oscar winner 2015, a sweep for Disney)

THE BOX TROLLS  - Laika Studios, US. Directed by Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi, written by Irena Brignull, Adam Pava, Alan Snow. Based on the novel Here Be Monsters, a human boy named Eggs is raised by trolls and tries to save them from the exterminator. Stop-motion.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 -  DreamWorks, US. Directed by Dean DeBlois, written by Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell. The further Viking adventures of Hiccup and Toothless. CGI.

SONG OF THE SEA - Cartoon Saloon, Ireland. Directed and directed by Tomm Moore, Will Collins. Inspired by Irish folklore, Ben and his littel sister travel through a magical world to return to their home. Hand-drawn.

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA -  Studio Ghibli, Japan.
Directed and written by Isao Takahata. A tiny girl found in a bamboo shoot is raised as a princess by a bamboo cutter. Hand-drawn.    
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ANIMATION, OSCARS, CGI, HANDDRAWN, MEANDER, STOPMOTION,


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