Wreck-It Ralph Gets Nominated For Best Animated Picture

Overnight, the US Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2013 Oscars, and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph is amongst the nominees for best Animated Feature.

I'm not sure what to make of this information, but the Animated Feature Film category is the one area of this year's Oscars field where I've actually seen a reasonable number of the contenders. Whichever way you slice it, the smart money would bet on Disney taking home an Oscar in any case, given that of the five nominees, three are Disney productions.

Wreck-It Ralph will be competing on Oscars night against Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Brave and The Pirates! Band Of Misfits.

That's a tough field; Brave isn't Pixar's strongest work, but it's Pixar, and the Academy loves Pixar; I thought it was fair but not great. In the battle of mobile games, Brave is much better than the very bland Wreck-It-Ralph game, but then it's reskinned Temple Run, so that's hardly fair.

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits is great, although I wish they'd kept the original UK title, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. Just because I can, here's the trailer for that again too.

I've no idea or real opinion on the other two; Frankenweenie passed me by and ParaNorman has only just opened in Australian cinemas. You know what, though? If Wreck-It-Ralph does win, they should give the job of accepting the award to Q*Bert. Who wouldn't want to see that? [2013 Oscar Nominees]


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    ParaNorman should win.

      Them's fightin' words.

      ParaNorman was brilliant, the claymation was absolutely superb and the storyline was just awesome. Absolute contender for best indeed.

    Brave wasn't Pixar's strongest work but it was much closer to the style of film the Academy tends to favour in other categories and it was a technical marvel.

    ParaNorman is getting a lot of praise, but I haven't seen it yet so I can't comment on it.

    Wreck-It Ralph was a great movie, one of the most enjoyable film experiences I've been to recently. The problem is that I am exactly who the film was aimed at.

    This year is going to be interesting, you can't just bet on Pixar but I'd still call Brave the favourite.

      I'm not sure I'd call Brave a technical marvel -- I don't entirely feel that Pixar pushed the envelope much in a technical sense (though I could be wrong; perhaps the innovation was subtle), but it is a very well composed bit of animation. Ralph is indeed playing to the home crowd here; in one sense I'd love Pirates to win, but I'm sure it's the 100-1 shot.

        Hair and cloth. They've been making steady improvements on both of those ever since Monsters Inc but Brave really showcases just how far they've gone with that technology.

          Fair call -- but then I'd want to think (and the Academy doesn't always follow logic) that this kind of thing should almost qualify as effects work rather than an appraisal of the animated whole.

            I'm just justifying why I called it a technical marvel, the Academy probably won't pay attention to that bit in the slightest. They seem to think that using computers is cheating.

          I'd say that they pushed hair more in the Disney side of the company when they did Tangled, and Brave just borrowed some of that tech they had already developed.

            The difference between Tangled and Brave is that Tangled had smooth hair while Brave was the first one to do wild and bushy hair.

            They are constantly building on the tech that they have and they definitely couldn't have done it without the stuff achieved for Tangled.

      Paranorman's a decent enough movie ... the story's kind of meh but the animation is pretty top notch. Unfortunately stop motion's kind of plateaued recently. Overall I'd but the movie up with Coraline technically ... but I preferred Coraline.

      Frankenweenie is basically Tim Burton's ode to old school horror, surprisingly enjoyable especially with the complete lack of Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter.

      I really want Wreck it ralph to win because reasons.

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    Of those, I've seen Frankenweenie, Brave and Wreck-it-Ralph. And I'm a little surprised that those are the options. I'm certain that there were better animated films released in the last year. The three films were fun, but hardly show stopping. Of those, Id say Brave has the strongest shot, but it's really the best choice out of an overall poor showing. There was nothing wrong about the movies, but they didnt live up to their hype or potential.

    And Paperman, the endearing short before Wreck-It Ralph, is nominated for Best Animated Short.

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