I wasn’t able to see Ernest et Celestine because it’s not out in the US yet. The Wind Rises just came out last weekend but I didn’t have time this week to venture out to the only cinema that has it. Frozen‘s blog post is here. Here are the other two nominated for Best Animated Feature Film:

Movie: The Croods
 This is my second favorite of the animated feature films I was able to see. I was more than skeptical about it. It’s a movie about a family of cavemen. Little did I know that Chris Sanders (who I know best from Lilo and Stitch and The Lion King) was the driving force behind this movie. It pulls at your heartstrings and makes you laugh all at the same time.

The story follows Eep, a teenage cavegirl, as she and her family are displaced from their home and forced to adapt to a new environment in order to survive. They’re joined by Guy, who is not a caveman and has a lot of new and exciting ideas – much to the dismay of Eep’s father, Grug.

The focus of the tale is on the relationship between Eep and her father, which is a focus you don’t see very often in animated movies. It was sweet and made me tear up a couple times. The script is clever and very well-written. Each character is developed individually and given just enough attention so that you are invested in each one. I would recommend watching it, especially since it is on Netflix now.

Movie: Despicable Me 2
 Ok, I think the Despicable Me franchise is funny, clever, and appealing to a wide audience. But I just don’t understand the obsession that follows the minions around. I don’t get it.

Despicable Me 2 follows where the first one left off. Gru is now the proud father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes. He gets recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help them find  a villain who has stolen a secret lab. He partners up with an agent named Lucy and together they stake out a local mall where the villain is believed to be hiding.

It is quite funny and has a complex enough plot to keep you guessing. The real strength in this franchise is the characters. They each have one or two really dramatic qualities that make you love them. I don’t get the love of the minions though. They’re sort of funny but I mostly just don’t get them. It was cute and got a lot of attention by the masses, but it’s hurt by the fact that Frozen came out more recently and DM2 has faded into the background.

I will be shocked if Frozen doesn’t win. Really shocked. The Wind Rises might be a contender but it’s really doubtful with the groundbreaking animation and Broadway style of Frozen.