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Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014

Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.

I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.

Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.

What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.

Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.

Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Fredrikstad Animation Festival

I just got back from Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Norway and it was a wonderful experience. Here’s a list of films and shorts form the festival that I really recommend.

  • Cheatin’ – Bill Plymptons latest film
  • Darkness – Danish short
  • Ernest & Celestine – French film
  • Electric Soul – Finnish/Korean stop motion
  • Lavrasiid Aigi – Short from Norway
  • O Apóstolo – Spanish stop motion film
  • Safari Heat – Funny claymation from Finland
  • The Danish Poet – Norway
  • The Congress – Live Action/Animated film
  • The Maggot Feeder – 3D/Traditional/Live action
  • The Reward – You know it
  • The Table is Set – Finnish Stop motion
  • The Wind Rises – Studio Ghibli
leseanthomas

leseanthomas:

Official teaser trailer to Animation director SHINICHIRO WATANABE’S ( Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo ) new action-comedy TV series “Space Dandy,” production by Bones Studio.

Co-directed by SHINGO NATSUME (Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos) & written by KEIKO NOBUMOTO ( Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus) & DAI SATO ( Cowboy Bebop, Ghost In The Shell: SAC, Eureka 7). Fuck me. P
remieres in Japan in January. My body is ready.

What have I been up to? I’m not really sure, but here’s the latest news. [robpoke.com]
I’m going to animation school in about a month.
I’m playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Visit my town! Friend Code: 4382-2086-7343
I’m getting lots of sleep. Yay.

What have I been up to? I’m not really sure, but here’s the latest news. [robpoke.com]

  • I’m going to animation school in about a month.
  • I’m playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Visit my town! Friend Code: 4382-2086-7343
  • I’m getting lots of sleep. Yay.