Friday, January 17, 2014


GET A HORSE (Walt Disney Animation Studios, USA - Hand-drawn and CGI in glorious black and white!)
The first Disney animated film
in 90 years ever to be conceived and directed solo by a woman: Lauren MacMullen. 
2D animation by Eric Goldberg, CGI animation by Adam Green.
FERAL 2013 Annecy winner – CGI
Directed, written and animated by Daniel Sousa, who teaches at the RISD
MR. HUBLOT (Zeilt Productions, Luxemburg - CGI)
Director: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
Animators: Mickaël Coedël, David Carrière 
- Oscar winner 2014

POSSESSIONS (Sunrise Inc., Japan) – Another mix of CGI and hand-drawn) 
POSSESSIONS is part of the film anthology SHORT PEACE.
Director: Shuhei Morita 
ROOM ON THE BROOM (Magic Light Pictures, UK) BAFTA winner – CGI
Directors: Max Lang, Jan Lachauer
Writer: Julia Donaldson

THE CROODS (DreamWorks, USA - CGI)
Director: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco
Writers: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco
Is it just me or are these characters too polished and shiny and inflated-looking to be charming? It's not as if Chris Sanders can't do beautiful and charming, just watch LILO & STITCH and LION KING. Why do DreamWorks animated features almost always lack charm, style and beauty? Iconoclasm doesn't have to be ugly, Jeffrey.
DESPICABLE ME 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment, USA - CGI)
Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
These characters are beautifully designed and have oodles of wit and charm. The colors, backgrounds, animation, camera angles and acting are terrific. Good luck.
ERNEST ET CELESTINE (StudioCanal, France
– hand-drawn: see the Making Of)
Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Abier, Vincent Patar.
Writer: Daniel Sennac
Soft watercolors, hand-drawn animation. Charming, cute, over-the-top acting, not bad Flash animation. Lovely for small children. Doesn't stand a chance.
FROZEN (Disney, USA - CGI)
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writers: Jennifer Lee
Was it that the “Frozen”soundtrack was No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart or was it the Polar Vortex that made this film so popular? Or was it the new snowy software "Matterhorn" and "Snow Batcher", or the beautiful design and animation, or the first female co-director/writer on a Disney feature?
If FROZEN wins, it will be the FIRST Best Animated Feature won by Disney since the category was created in 1992. Oscar winner 2014
THE WIND RISES (Studio Ghibli, Japan)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
This is Miyazaki's 11th and final film based on his manga of the same name. Exquisite design (except for those ghastly eyes and mouths), lovely colors, marvellous direction and hand-drawn animation. Could this manage a last-chance, sentimental win despite its controversial content?


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