As the end of the year rolls around, nearly every site and station is picking their top ten this and best of the year that…. and we will also fall into this meme. Our list shall be what we consider the best animated feature films of the year, without regard to box office, previous awards or if they played in Los Angeles theaters for a week. It is also not a numbered list. These are just the animated feature films we feel stand out from the rest… and probably deserve a second look if you have not seen them. And you probably haven’t!
The Golden Globes have announced their picks for the Best Animated Feature Film of the year. Sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes picked the five nominees from a field of 17 contenders including L’arte Della Felicità (Big Sur), Big Hero 6 (Disney), The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox), The Boxtrolls (Laika), Cheatin’ (Plimpton Studios) , Henry & Me (Reveal Studios), The Hero of Color City (Exodus), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks), Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks), Pirate Fairy (DisneyToon), Planes: Fire & Rescue (DisneyToon), Rio 2 (Blue Sky), The Snow Queen 2 ( Wizart), Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon), Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) (Studio Ghibli).
This year, there looks to be 20 animated films as possible contenders in the race for the Best Animated Film Oscar. The list has no apparent front runner, and no film this year from Pixar. The field is a rounded out with many more foreign films than usual, with entries from France, Ireland, Japan, the U.K. and Latvia. The list induces three films from Disney and from DreamWorks Animation, and one each from Blue Sky and Reel FX Animation.
Comedian Howie Mandel let slip the resurrection of his 90’s animated series Bobby’s World at Comikaze in Los Angeles this weekend. He provided no additional information, such as when and where it will air, who is producing, or even when to expect the new show. Additional queries to Mandel’s reps have also not returned any additional information.
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For fans of animation, one of the most exciting names to see attached to The Book Of Life is Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director/producer/writer has created a massive following thanks to his truly unique style. His most recent project sees him in a producing role for a fellow Mexican filmmaker and director Jorge Gutierrez. With The Book of Life, the two men have teamed up to create one of the most exciting and unconventional animated films of the yea. For those unfamiliar with del Toro or Gutierrez’s style, it’s highly advisable to check out some of their films on demand or online before heading into The Book of Life – you’ll immediately recognize their irreverent touch on this perfectly timed Halloween film. Favorites include Mad or del Toro’s famous Pan’s Labyrinth.
Now entering its 26th season, The Simpsons has earned the honor of the longest-running sitcom in America. Largely considered one of the greatest television series in history, the show has earned numerous accolades during its quarter-century tenure, including being named as the best television series of the 20th century by Time magazine. It’s also received 31 Primetime Emmies, and a Peabody Award.
Despite how long it’s been on the air, The Simpsons has managed to remain relevant within pop culture by actually parodying the human condition along with elements of society and culture in America.
Taking a look at the winners for this year’s Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards shows Fox as a big winner with Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer each won their first Emmy Award. Paul Rudish new take on Mickey Mose also fared well, with the all-Italian ‘O Sole Minnie pulled in two Emmys, for Best Short Format Animated Program and to Narina Sokolova for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, Background Designer, and a second episode pulling in an Emmy also for Background Design.
In the mess of trailers before Maleficent this weekend, there was one that quite literally took my breath away. It was not Boxtrolls (which looks good), or Jupiter Rising, but The Book of Life, the new CG animated feature directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. So full of life, or color, of motion, of raw energy, I sat mesmerized by where animation has taken us. I cannot wait to see this film.
DreamWorks Animation’s next animated film, The Croods, today got two new updated posters, one domestic and one International. Both posters feature the whole prehistoric family, and a view of the exotic lands they live in. The domestic poster features the film release date- March 23, while the international version just says coming soon.
DreamWorks has been notable in their goal to ramp up production to two or three animated features a year. The Croods will be the first for the studio for 2013, and will be followed by Turbo this summer and Mr. Peabody & Sherman in November.
A comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen creatures and landscapes.
An old-school caveman must lead his family across a volatile prehistoric landscape in search of a new home. The outsized flora and fauna are challenge enough, but the real complication arises when the family is joined by an alarmingly modern caveman whose search for “tomorrow” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday. The imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.
Six of the 20 highest-grossing North American films of 2012 were completely animated pictures, including Pixar’s Brave, which was seventh overall with $237,262,307.
Others in the top 20 were Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (#10; $216,391,482), Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (#11; $214,030,500), Wreck-it Ralph (#13; $175,990,019), Ice Age: Continental Drift (#14; $161,990,019) and Hotel Transylvania (#16; $145,321,690).
In total, the animated films in the Top 20 delivered grosses of $1,150,135,597.
Although Rise Of The Guardians made much less than predicted, its North American box office gross is expected to exceed the $100 million mark sometime next week.
Almost all other films in the Top 20 had considerable amounts of special effects CGI, including the year’s top performer, The Avengers ($623,357,910). Others using CGI were The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Ted, Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus.
Using little or no animation were the 17th, 18th and 19th finishers, Taken 2, 21 Jump Street and Lincoln.