Who should win the animated-film Oscar?

18050__cbbor_lThere are 10 films jockeying for three nominations this year in Oscar’s Best Animated Feature category. The list, announced today, includes everything you’d expect, including Chicken Little, Howl’s Moving Castle, Madagascar, Robots, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (left), and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. In fact, I don’t see any worthy omissions, but maybe sharper-eyed readers will.

Which of these will ultimately win the trophy? (I’d like to see it  go to Howl, but I suspect that either Oscar favorite Nick Park will take home another trophy for Were-Rabbit, or else Madagascar will win through sheer force of box office strength.)

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  • Danielle

    You know, I’ve seen Madagascar and if it wins the Academy Award, the Academy will seriously lose all credit with me. It was mediocre at best. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to seeing any of the other contenders, but I know they have to be better.

  • Laura

    I have seen most of these animated movies this year, and I think the three best and the ones that should be nominated for an Oscar are:
    Howl’s Moving Castle
    Wallace and Gromit
    Corpse Bride
    Of those three, I personally would pick Howl’s Moving Castle. But it’s close because all three were very good.

  • Michelle

    I haven’t seen “Madagascar”, but it would have to have an original and outstanding story to make it an Oscar winner (let alone a nominee). Box-office smashes in the animated category aren’t always favored at the Oscars unless they’re also very good (i.e. The Incredibles).
    I can’t think of any other animated movies that could be contenders, but since Oscar voters tend to like the avant-guard anime pics, then I’d be ready to bet eitehr Howl’s Moving Castle or visual masterpiece Corpse Bride will get the statue. It just depends whether voters will go for technical or original story acheivement. Were-Rabbit might also stand a chance. So those last three flicks get my guess.

  • endorphin74

    I haven’t seen “Howl’s” but I’m very intrigued now. Between Corpse and W&G, though, I strongly prefer W&G. While Corpse was visually stunning I don’t feel the story was anywhere near as compelling as with W&G.

  • Mike in Moncton

    Madagascar and Chicken Little are both in the same league in that they both had rabid audiences under 8. Give Nick Park another Oscar for the supreme Wallace and Gromit!!

  • garvey

    I’ve seen all the animated features that have come out this year and by far Wallace and Gromit were the best. Hands down. The film was hilarious, sooo well-crafted and the character animation was stunning. I loved Howl’s Moving Castle too, but in my eyes it’s not quite on par with the best of Miyazaki’s stuff. Here’s hoping that these two do well though at Oscar time.

  • V.M.L.

    I’ve seen most of those animated movies also. Here’s what I think will be likely nominees.
    Chicken Little
    Howl’s Moving Castle
    Robots
    Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    FYI, there has been more than 3 nominations for this category. At the 2003 Academy Awards, there were 5 nominees.
    Anyway, I movie that is most likely to win is Wallace and Gromit, and you people should already know why.
    In my opinion, Madagascar doesn’t deserve a nomination. It had no plot and the animation was sorta bad.

  • Danny

    I’m not a hater usually, but Corpse Bride was awful. I’ve never seen a movie that coupled such amazing visuals with such astoundingly cliched dialogue and stories

  • brandon

    Wallace and Grommit was the most refreshing, inventive and funny piece of family entertainment I’ve seen in years. And it truly is FAMILY entertainment. My nearly 3 year old daughter loved it, sat still through the whole thing. I loved it too. It’s rare when a movie can capture the imagination of both adult and child the way that one does.

  • James The Greatest

    To VML:
    Only three movies will be nominated this year because only ten films are eligible. The number of nominees is based on the number of applicants/eligible movies.
    This year, it shall be three. My guesses are Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, and Wallace And Gromit, although clearly Howl’s Moving Castle is more deserving than Little.
    In the end, as long as Wallace And Gromit win, I’ll be happy! Best animated movie since The Incredibles.

  • brandonk

    Howl’s Moving Castle, Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit. W&G to win!

  • brandonk

    In defense of “Madagascar,” I enjoyed it a lot. “Robots” was pretty good, and “Chicken Little” was average. “Steamboy” was extremely “meh,” and I haven’t seen the others on the list.

  • Ashley

    It is so obviously clear that Corpse Bride should win. It is visually stunning and myself and my friends to the point of tears story wise. I have seen W&G and thought it had a very weak plot and the animation was trailing to the superior Corpse Bride.

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