Kids' movies aren't generally the stars at the Oscars, but family fare does have a presence. The main relevant category for kids' movies is, of course, Best Animated Feature. I'm often intrigued by the winner, and by that I mean the turn-up-you-nose kind of intrigued. But while the Oscar judges and I don't always see eye to eye (no surprise there), it's always interesting to see which movies are crowned the winners.
The nominees for Best Animated Feature 2012 are:
Which means, the big animated films that didn't make the cut were: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Hotel Transylvania, and Rise of the Guardians. Notice that three of the five nominees are Disney or Disney/Pixar movies. And, it's also interesting to note that three of the five are stop-motion animated.
If I were going to pick the best animated movie for kids and families, ParaNorman and The Pirates! Band of Misfits would be out, but that's not what the Oscar judges are looking at, nor should it be, really. I think Paranorman has a strong chance of winning based on the unique storyline, bold storytelling and flavorful animation. For clever comedy and broad appeal, I like Wreck-It Ralph's chances. And, Frankenweenie has it's share of clever storytelling and unique animation as well. I love Brave, and it is one of our family favorites and will be for years to come, but I don't see it standing up against the edgier and more unique nominees. And, The Pirates! Band of Misfits has a few things going for it, but I predict it's not going to sail away with the Oscar win.
Which of the nominees is your family's favorite?
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