Alright, so I’ve seen all but one of the movies in this category, so it seems like a good place to start.
Disney/Pixar’s contribution to the 2013 lineup. If you haven’t seen it, the basic storyline follows Merida, a princess-of-old from Scotland on a perilous journey of self-discovery. I saw this movie a couple times and I…liked it. I did. I liked it. However, I thought the plot was way too predictable, ESPECIALLY for a Pixar movie.
Saw it. Not much else to say besides that. I can’t even really describe the plot to you. I know it has something to do with a curse on a town and this kid named Norman, who can see dead people (I’m not kidding…they used that route again), has to save it. It was interesting enough that I finished it but it wasn’t incredible. The fact that it’s a stop-motion film isn’t even THAT big of a deal since there were 3 such films nominated this year.
I saw…half of this. Not gonna lie, I fell asleep in the middle of it. That may not necessarily be a commentary on the movie itself, though. It was probably more due to the fact that I went to see it at 10p after a long day of work. I’d be willing to give it another shot. It’s an interesting film (it IS Tim Burton after all). A young Victor Frankenstein discovers by accident how to bring his dead dog back to life. The concept is quite unique and I like the fact that it’s kind of a background story for how Dr. Frankenstein came to be. I thought the stop-motion animation for Frankenweenie was a lot less awkward than for ParaNorman.
Pirates! Band of Misfits
This is the one I didn’t see…
This may be the only thing I will be cheering for HARD at the Oscars this year. I ABSOLUTELY love this movie. I’ve seen it 3 times already, and whenever I get a chance, I go and see it again. The basic storyline is that Ralph is a bad guy in the video game Fix-It Felix Jr but he wants to be a hero. The plot was complex and unpredictable. The animation was incredible and consistent. (Having the old school video game characters move in awkward pixelated movements? Priceless.) The writing was clever and reached multiple groups of people. I cried. A lot. It was absolutely fabulous.
It’s down to either Brave or Wreck-It Ralph, for sure. I’m gunning for Ralph and I could see it winning. But I wouldn’t be surprised either way.