The 2017 Award Season is almost over, but before it comes to a close, The Academy must present its Oscars on Feb. 26! This years Best Animated Feature Nominations includes a list of innovative and creative features that included an impressive A list voice over cast. Read more to learn more about this years nominees and to hear about Eric Miller's experience at The Academy's Animated Feature event on Feb. 24th.
Kubo & The Two Strings
Kubo & The Two Strings, directed and co produced by Travis Knight, is a story about Kubo, a boy with magical powers who goes on a journey to fight off an army of evil spirits with his friends, Monkey and Beetle. The film's voiceover actors include Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo & The Two Strings is Laika's 4th feature film.
Moana is Disney's 56th feature film. Considered one of the front runners for the award, this film brought in almost $600 million dollars in the box office. The story follows Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief who is chosen to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. The film also gained popularity for its catchy music which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina.
My Life as a Zucchini
My Life as a Zucchini (titled Ma vie de Courgette in France) is a french animated film, directed by Claude Barras. The film is an adaptation of the french novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette, which tells the story of a police officer and his friends who help an orpahan adjust to foster life.
The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle, produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, is a story about a stranded shipwrecked man who meets a red turtle. The film contains no dialogue and has been praised for its gorgeous animation and simple approach.
Zootopia, also considered a front runner for the Oscar race, was also produced by Disney. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more. The film follows a rabbit police officer and a fox con artist who work together to uncover a disappearance. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more. The film received critical acclaim from both critics and audiences.
THE ACADEMY'S ANIMATED FEATURE EVENT
Eric attended the Animated Feature event on Thursday night, where he was able to speak and learn from this year's Oscar nominated directors and producers! Check out his photos from the event below.
Will you be watching the Oscar's on Sunday night? Which Animated film do you hope wins?