With the Oscars coming up soon, I think we should go through the categories that really matter to me. Why does my opinion trump others’ you ask? I’m the only straight male who has Frozen at the tippy top of their
top 10 list of 2013. I’ve been mocked by my fellow critics. Someone even spray painted “Frozen Sux” on the hood of my Prius.
I need this.
While on the hot topic of Frozen let’s talk about the category that means a lot to me (and small children) every year, Best Animated Feature.
1. The Croods:
I really wasn’t too enthusiastic going into this movie, but it was okay. It’s definitely not the worst of the bunch in this category. The Croods had the same animation style as How to Train Your Dragon. This is a good thing. The absence of dragons? Not a good thing. Although the humor was there with The Croods, the cuteness factor the multiple dragons brought to the table in Dreamworks’ 2010 hit never was a factor. This is a movie I would recommend checking out if you don’t have to pay to see it. That being said, The Croods was just added to Netflix Instant, so check it out.
The Croods earns a Buzzed about the Oscars score of 3 Ellen Heads:
2. Despicable Me 2:
If your favorite part about Despicable Me was the Minions, then you’re in luck. Despicable Me 2 isn’t shy about forcing Minion upon Minion down its audience’s popcorn filled throat. I didn’t mind a bit, and here’s why: the Minions are the animated equivalent to Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. They represent slapstick comedy extremely well. Slapstick is all about making people laugh by not ever saying a word. Although they speak absolute gibberish, the Minions bring so much physical humor to this film, it shines brighter than it should. The story is on par with its predecessor, but the sequel outshines it by a hair thanks to the wonderfully stupid Minions. Don’t judge me, I have a soft spot for slapstick (I once wrote a 27 page paper on Buster Keaton).
Despicable Me 2 earns a Buzzed about the Oscars score of 4 Ellen Heads:
3. Ernest & Celestine:
This movie is about a mouse who befriends a bear who tried to eat her. I’ve never seen it. It’s French.
Ernest & Celestine earns a respectable Buzzed about the Oscars score of 3 French Ellen Heads:
Do you want to build a snowman? Oh for the love of all things Holy, I do. This animated movie somehow made it to the number one spot on my top 10 list last year. Yea, it’s that good. I really wasn’t anticipating this film at all before it came out. The only reason I went to see Frozen, was to please the wife. Boy am I glad I’m a good husband, because I was blown away by the animation, the music, and most of all Olaf. I think Frozen love exploded towards the end of it’s theatrical life, which is why it’s starting to come back to most theaters. Some theaters are even doing a sing-along version. Yea, I’m going with or without my wife. If this film doesn’t win this category, the inner girl inside me that loves Frozen so much is going to have a temper tantrum. Frozen’s “Let It Go“ is also up for another Oscar for Best Original Song. See this movie multiple times ASAP.
Frozen earns a Buzzed about the Oscars score of 5 Ellen Heads:
5. The Wind Rises:
Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro) is a celebrated animator, and for good reason. The main reason I love his style of animation is because although it has an anime feel to it, its incredibly smooth. Although the animation in this one lives up to his previous films, I just really couldn’t get into the story that much. It’s a shame too, considering Miyazaki has said this would be his last film.
The Wind Rises earns a Buzzed about the Oscars score of 3 1/2 Ellen Heads:
Stay tuned next week for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
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