I’m going to keep this short and sweet…
Zootopia won as predicted (you can check out my pre-Oscars analysis for proof), Piper ran away with the best short animated film to give Pixar a victory in a year where their big film (Finding Dory) didn’t make the main stage, and by now, I think everyone’s heard of the Best Picture gaffe involving La La Land and Moonlight… The Academy Awards have come and gone again, and I’m hopeful this upcoming year will continue to produce great animation.
The first early contender appears to be The Lego Batman Movie, which replicated the early February success of its predecessor The Lego Movie from 2014, and of course, interesting offers are on the table from Pixar with Coco next holiday season and Cars 3, which if anything, looks to be a far gritter chapter to the franchise based on the previews; Disney has the year off with the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph coming in spring of 2018; and there’s also legitimately terrifying prospects with everything from a Captain Underpants movie, to The Nut Job 2, committing the age-old sin of a sequel following up a verified dud, and Boss Baby which comes out this month, sounding frankly like an awful premise for a movie (and besides, wasn’t this idea already done in a season 1 episode of Codename: Kids Next Door?) I’ll also be looking to keep a closer eye on foreign animation; it’s long overdue to win another Academy Award, and it’s almost an assurance at least one of these films will continue to make the category each year.
I’ll probably follow up my thoughts on the animation Oscars race at different points throughout the year; consider this post both a goodbye to the past year in movie animation officially, and a hello to all the new and exciting work on the silver screen in 2017!
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