First of all, I would like to again say….where the heck is The Lego Movie?!?!?! Honestly, I think it should not only be nominated, but it should’ve won the Oscar for this year. It had a well-balanced and engaging plot, had superb animation technique, AND was accessible to adults and kids. They were robbed, I tell you, ROBBED!!!
Big Hero 6
Anyone who knows or has been following me, knows that I have a bias towards Disney. Even with that bias, I probably wouldn’t pick Big Hero 6 as the best animated film of the year.
Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic book series by the same name. It tells the story of Hiro, his friends, and his brother’s robot Baymax as they run into trouble and form a superhero team founded on each member’s knowledge of science.
This movie typifies the basic structure of the first in a series of films based on comic books. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I know that general opinion received it less enthusiastically (outside of, you know, kids). It is heavy on the background information and focuses most of the character development on the main characters (in this case, Hiro and Baymax). Because of that, there are moments it can feel kind of slow and you’re left with wanting to know more about everybody else. However, I feel that this series will definitely keep going up in the same way that Captain America and Thor had better second movies than first movies. Overall, it was delightful and there’s plenty of Marvel and Disney easter eggs to find.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
HTTYD2 takes off where the first one ended. The Vikings are friends with the dragons and Hiccup is learning what it means to be a leader.
The Dragon movies have never been favorites of mine. I respect the quality of the animation and the story-telling. They are good movies. Still…it’s kind of shocking that it beat out Big Hero 6, The Lego Movie, The Boxtrolls, and The Book of Life at the Golden Globes. They’re great at bringing depth in plot to animated films. Both were tear-jerkers, for sure (although I cry at almost any movie). I’m not sure why they’ve never stuck well with me. HTTYD2 was objectively good and I wouldn’t be surprised if it won since it won at the Globes.
A world of boxtrolls exists under a city and after a child is abducted, the authorities decide that the trolls need to be wiped out. As the child grows up as a boxtroll, he learns about the world above and tries to find a way to make peace between the two worlds.
Although I’ve always admired stop-motion animation, the style often employed in this element is a strange, grotesque caricature that physically repels my senses. I don’t know why this seems to be a constant theme. Aside from that, the story is cute and unique. It is well-balanced for both adults and children.
Song of the Sea and The Tale of Princess Kaguya
It looks to be virtually impossible to see these two movies, which is unfortunate. Both of them look interesting and I hope to see them in the future. It doesn’t really matter, though, for the blog’s sake because these movies were most likely products of the Oscar equivalent of affirmative action.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is most likely going to win. Big Hero 6 is its biggest competitor but since it didn’t win at the Globes, I feel like it’s not going to be Disney’s year.