Oscar Goes to Rango, Flying Books

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Oscar Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences

In a night of many sur­prises, the Acad­emy Awards have given the Oscar two sur­prise films for ani­mated films. In the com­pe­ti­tion for Best Ani­mated film, Rango pulled out the win over two for­eign films, and two from Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. And for Best Ani­mated Short, The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more from Moon­bot Stu­dios took the lit­tle gold knight.

Rango was able to pull out from the pack, most notably from the pair of Dream­Works fea­tures (and sequels or spin-offs) Puss In Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2. Rango also beat out two for­eign fea­tures, Une Vie De Chat (A Cat In Paris) from France and  Chico & Rita from Spain. Gore Verbin­ski, the direc­tor of Rango, also directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Rango star Johnny Depp appeared in all four Pirates films. This is the first Fea­ture Ani­mated Film win for Nick­elodeon Movies and dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount Pictures.

Using a vari­ety of tech­niques (minia­tures, com­puter ani­ma­tion, 2D ani­ma­tion), award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and co-director Bran­don Old­en­burg present a hybrid style of ani­ma­tion for their win­ner The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more. Pro­duced by Moon­bot Stu­dios, this short beat out a pair from the National Film Board of Canada like Sun­day and Wild Life. PIXAR has an entry with La Luna, and the final nom­i­nee was A Morn­ing Stroll from Stu­dio aka.

Man Or Mup­pet”, the song from The Mup­pets won for Best Orig­i­nal Song, in a field of only two orig­i­nal songs. This cat­e­gory was a sure thing for an ani­mated film; the only other orig­i­nal song “Real In Rio” was from Rio from Blue Sky Studios.

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