Hi guys! The next year is up in my review of the animated Oscars. We are at 2010 and this is the first year where I really think the academy got it wrong with the Tangled snub.
I think Tangled was the best animated film of 2010 for a lot of reasons. First, it looks beautiful and I saw it in 3D and scenes like the lanterns was breathtaking. I also love Rapunzel because she isn’t weak like an Aurora but she’s also not a cliched warrior woman. She has pieces of both inside her. I think Flynn is a great character and I LOVE Mother Gothel. I also like the music unlike some people.
Anyway I think they got it wrong but that’s what they did. Here are my thoughts on the 3 nominees.
The Illusionist is by the Sylvain Chomet who directed The Triplets of Belleville. It is from a screenplay by the French actor, director, mime Jacques Tati. It basically tells the story of a magician who is old fashioned and can’t get a good gig.
He meets a girl who is in awe at his tricks. He buys her presents because her adulation feels so good. The animation is beautiful but I didn’t respond to the film. I never felt like I got into the heart of the magician. It kept me at a distance which made the tragic story less compelling.
The next nominee is How to Train Your Dragon which is one of my favorite Dreamworks films. I really like the character of Hiccup and find the story of his bonding with Toothless to be very engaging. I have a few little complaints with the Jay Baruchel vocals, the treatment of the Astrid character and some of the design of the dragons but they are minor. It also has a lovely message about having the courage to see things in a totally new way and from a new perspective.
I just wrote about Toy Story 3 so I won’t repeat myself too much. It’s a beautifully animated, thrilling prison escape movie. The villain is menacing and the ending is pitch perfect for the Andy part of the series.
In my opinion the right film won of those 3 nominees. What would you pick?