Disney Grabs The Oscars

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It was a big night for Dis­ney ani­ma­tion at the Oscars tonight with Dis­ney short Paper­man tak­ing home Best Ani­mated Short, and Disney/PIXAR’s Brave grab­bing the stat­uette for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture. Paper­man had pre­vi­ously won the Annie for Best Short, while Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph had won the Annie for Best Fea­ture Film… so not so much on the Annies pre­dict­ing the Oscars anymore.

Brave is a fresh fairy tale that takes place in rugged and mythic Scot­land. The impetu­ous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daugh­ter of roy­alty, would pre­fer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother com­pels Merida to make a reck­less choice, which unleashes unin­tended peril on her father’s king­dom and her mother’s life. Merida strug­gles with the unpre­dictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.

Brave was directed by Mark Andrews, writ­ten by Mark Andrews, Steve Pur­cell, Brenda Chap­man and Irene Mec­chi and pro­duced by Kather­ine Sarafian.

Paper­man is a rel­a­tively sim­ple tale of a boy meets girl chance encounter leads to the hero des­per­ately attempt­ing to re-introduce him­self to a pretty girl via the medium of paper planes from his office sky­scraper to hers. His failed attempts and pas­sion for his orig­i­nal goal man­i­fest in the hun­dreds of dis­carded planes as they try to guide, prod, poke and shove him towards his des­ti­na­tion whilst gen­tly per­suad­ing the goal of his affec­tions along to a pos­si­ble rec­on­cil­i­a­tion too.

Paper­man is directed by John Kahrs and pro­duced by Kristina Reed.

Had Wreck-It Ralph won the Oscar, it would have made for an inter­est­ing Jeop­ardy ques­tion… as both Wreck-It Ralph and Paper­man release together.

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