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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Animated Feature

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Coraline
Coraline(Focus Features), Henry Selick

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox(20th Century Fox), Wes Anderson

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The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog(Walt Disney), John Musker and Ron Clements

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The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells(GKIDS), Tomm Moore

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Up
Up(Walt Disney), Pete Docter

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Animated Short

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French Roast
French Roast ~ Fabrice O. JoubertIn a fancy Parisian Café, an uptight businessman discovers he forgot to bring his wallet and bides his time by ordering more coffee.

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Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty ~ Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’ConnellGranny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified Granddaughter

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The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) ~ Javier Recio GraciaA sweet old lady is living alone in her farm, waiting for the arrival of death to meet her beloved husband again. One night, while sleeping, her life fades out and she is invited to cross death’s door. Bue when she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital’s ward: and arrogant doctor has taken her back to life and he will fight hard against death to recover the old lady’s life at any cost.

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Logorama
LogoramaPolice chase an armed criminal in a version of Los Angeles comprised entirely of corporate logos.

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A Matter of Loaf and Death
A Matter of Loaf and DeathWallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But, when Wallace falls in love Gromit is left to solve the case.

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Academy Award® Nominee: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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"Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground without enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean – who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. In the end, he uses his natural instincts to save his family and friends.

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Credits

Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wes Anderson
Written for the screen by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wes Anderson
Based on the book by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Dahl
Produced by . Allison Abbate, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, and Jeremy Dawson
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steven Rales and Arnon Milchan
Animation Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Gustafson
Director of Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tristan Oliver
Production Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nelson Lowry
Music Composed and Conducted by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandre Desplat
Supervising Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Weisblum
Music Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randall Poster
Puppets Fabricated by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MacKinnon and Saunders

The voice cast includes: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, and Jarvis Cocker.

Reviews

IMDB member
“This is such an exceptional piece of work, I left the theater amazed at how talented Wes Anderson is. While I like much of his other movies, I was completely blown away by this. The imagination and creativity in this film is truly impressive. I enjoyed every moment of this, and so will you.

The plot centers around Mr. Fox (voice by George Clooney) who decides to start stealing chickens and things from his neighbor Walter Baggis, the owner of a chicken and agricultural empire. The battle that ensues between Mr. Fox’s gang, and Baggis’ gang, escalates into an all out war. That is the basic theme of the plot. What counts in this movie is the execution, the humor and sheer wittiness Anderson adds to the stop motion figures. They are rendered in a way I have never seen before. Funny, unusual, cleaver, intelligent, I was delighted by every scene at the inventiveness with which it was handled. This movie is so smart and bursting with originality, you’ll walk away knowing you completely got your money’s worth. I absolutely recommend this film for anyone who appreciates talent, and loves movies.”

Did You Know?

The look of the film was inspired by Great Missenden, a village in Buckinghamshire, England, where Roald Dahl lived and worked. The tree where the Fox family lives is based on a prominent beech tree on Dahl’s property, and Mr Fox’s study recreates in minute detail the interior of the famous garden hut in which Dahl did most of his writing.

The American Cathedral in Paris’s choir were hired to sing the “Boggis, Bunce and Bean” limerick. They were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, in Studio Two, which is most famous for having been where The Beatles recorded almost all of their music.

Two Nominations

Best Animated Feature
Best Achievement In Music (Original Score)

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Academy Award® Nominated: The Secret of Kells

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The Secret of Kells
Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost, where he labors with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls against Viking raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when one day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands, carrying a ancient—but unfinished—book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him for the first time beyond the abbey’s walls and into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf/girl, who helps him along the way. But with the Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan’s artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tomm Moore Co-director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nora Twomey
Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ross Stewart
Screenplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabrice Ziolkowski
Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruno Coulais with special contribution from Kila
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Original story and visual development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tomm Moore
Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young
Production Company . Les Armateurs/Vivi Film/Cartoon Saloon/France 2 Cinéma

The voice cast includes: Evan McGuire, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Paul Tylak, Michael McGrath, and Paul Young.

Reviews

IMDB member
“The surprise nominee of this year’s Best Animated Feature race at the Oscars. It’s an Irish film by heart, but it was co-produced by Belgium and Brazil, with, I’m guessing, animators working in all three countries. The product is one of the most beautiful and unique films in recent memory. The character design is a little reminiscent of the French animated film Persepolis from a couple of years back, with very simple characters with thick, black outlines. This film is not in black and white. Oh no. What makes this film great is its use of color, simply some of the most outrageous and startling use of colors I’ve ever seen. The general design of the pictures is also a lot more geometrical, with characters who are basically rectangles or ovals. Much of the film can be spent playing find the circle – a major aspect of the visual design is a circle in the center of the image. All of these geometrical designs have a purpose – the story is about a young boy who is learning to be an artist working on illuminated manuscripts (the Book of Kells is a real illuminated Bible; the art of the film is based on the drawings in it).”

Did You Know?

This is director Tomm Moore’s first nomination.

One Nomination

Best Animated Feature

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Academy Award® Nomination: Coraline

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Coraline
Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous and thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure that honors and redefines two movie-making traditions. It is a stop-motion animated feature – and, as the first one to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D, unlike anything moviegoers have ever experienced before.

Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She is befriended – or, as she sees it, is annoyed – by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.); and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane). After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her…

…but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence. On the surface, this parallel reality is similar to her real life – only much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Teri Hatcher), seem much more welcoming to her. Coraline is more the center of attention there – even from the mysterious Cat (Keith David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous and Other Mother schemes to keep her there, Coraline musters all of her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

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Credits

Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Selick
Written for the screen by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Selick
Produced by. . . . Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Henry Selick and Mary Sandell
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
Based on a novel by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neil Gaiman
Editors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Murrie and Ronald Sanders
Music by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruno Coulais
Director of Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Kozachik, AS

The voice cast includes: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Robert Bailey Jr., and Ian McShane.

44D’s Review by WillieBeyond

“Coraline was excellent in every way, except for the emotional punch, which wasn’t even really necessary. The 3-D is very good, and without the 3-D, though the movie would lack the depth, it still would stand out. It is the visuals that make this movie so great, but the characters, plot and music are all top notch too, which add up to a fantastic film.”

Did You Know?

At one hour and forty minutes long, this is the longest stop-motion film to date and the first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in 3-D.

The original sweater the design team had designed for Coraline’s father sported a big maize-and-blue University of Michigan logo. However producer Bill Mechanic decided to change the design in favor of his alma mater – Michigan State.

Nomination

Best Animated Feature

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Academy Award® Nomination: The Princess and the Frog

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The Princess and the Frog
Walt Disney Animation Studios serves up a joyous gumbo of adventurous storytelling, captivating characters, offbeat comedy and memorable music in the all-new feature “The Princess and the Frog,” an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Nini Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. “The Princess and the Frog” marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman.

Everyone knows the story in which a princess finds true love by kissing a frog that magically turns into her handsome prince. In this telling of the story, the girl still kisses a frog, but the result is quite different; it’s only one of dozens of surprises in this mix of wacky humor, thrills, melody and emotion. Love eventually finds a way—between a prince and a princess…between frogs, perhaps…or maybe between a firefly and the object of his affection. But it’s clear that the most important details lie well beneath the skin. The film features Disney’s newest princess, its next great fairy tale and the Studio’s return to the Disney musical, reminiscent of classics like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Musker and Ron Clements
Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Del Vecho
Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Lasseter
Story by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Clements, John Musker, and Rob Edwards
Screenplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Clements, John Musker, and Rob Edwards
Assoc. Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Sost
Original Songs/Score Composed/Conducted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Newman
Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica La Go-Kaytis
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Draheim
Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Gooding
Visual Effects Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Odermatt
Technical Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kimberly W. Keech

The voice cast includes: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Jim Cummings, Jenifer Lewis, Michael-Leon Wooley, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, and Oprah Winfrey.

Reviews

IMDB member
“Just astounding. The story was genuinely touching, the intense scenes jumped out at you, the humor was funny, the acting was excellent, and the music was the best soundtrack of any Disney movie since The Little Mermaid (A standing ovation for Randy Newman). There is also something about the 2D animation – it just has more personality and emotion than CGI. I just saw it tonight, and I am honestly floored.”

Did You Know?

The first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess.

Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tyra Banks were all considered for the lead role. Keys and Banks personally lobbied the studio for the part.

Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), requested that Tiana be a left-handed princess, because Rose herself is left-handed.

Three Nominations

Best Animated Feature
Best in Music (Two Original Songs)

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Academy Award® Nominated: Up

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Up
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy “Up,” from Academy Award®-nominated director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”). Presented in Disney Digital 3D™, “Up” follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.

“I am so proud that ‘Up’ is Pixar’s 10th film,” says John Lasseter, executive producer and chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “I think it’s the funniest film that we’ve ever made, and also one of the most beautiful. We have a main character that is an amazing hero. Carl Fredricksen is 78 years old and he travels the world in a flying machine of his own design and still has dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon. He’s the most unlikely hero you can imagine in an action picture. He is a character who learns that the big adventures in life are all the small things that happen in everyday life. Russell is one of the most appealing and charming characters that we’ve ever created. Together with Carl, these two characters light up the screen.”

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Credits

Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Docter
Co-Directed by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Peterson
Produced by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonas Rivera
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
Associate Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise Ream
Story by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, and Tom McCarthy
Screenplay by. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Peterson and Pete Docter

The voice cast includes: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Delroy Lindo, John Ratzenburger, Jorden Nagai, and Elizabeth “Elie” Docter.

44D’s Reviews

TheLCster
“I loved this movie but had some concern regarding just whom this movie was meant for. I am an adult and thus, can watch anything I choose but I on occasion watch cartoons for their more simplistic nature. As a lifelong fan of Disney movies (they had me after “The Little Mermaid” in 1984) I still keep an eye out each year for their newest picture. While watching them I expect to laugh and sometimes cry while I watch the antics of the simple and often one-sided characters interact with their world. This one, however, offered more adult themes as well as character growth of a protagonist the likes-of which I have never seen in a Disney movie. I’m trying hard not to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet! In short, I loved the movie but am not sure a 6 year old would understand what was going on or even care.”

Did You Know?

Up is the second fully animated feature film nominated for Best Picture. The first was Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Russell is Pixar’s first Japanese/Asian-American character voiced by an Asian-American actor, Jordan Nagai.

If Carl’s house was approximately 1600 square feet, and the average house weighs between 60-100 pounds per square foot, it weighs 120,000 pounds. If the average helium balloon can carry .009 pounds (or 4.63 grams), it would take 12,658,392 balloons to lift his house off the ground. (20,622 balloons appear on the house when it first lifts off.)

Five Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Animated Feature
Best Original Screenplay
Best in Music (Original Score)
Best Sound Editing

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