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.