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Oscar-Nominated Animated Features

Thanks to Hulu and Netflix I spent the weekend watching all of the full-length animated features up for an Oscar. I had already mentioned "I Lost My Body" which was a weird French film about a severed hand "walking" across Paris to find its owner. The other nominees were much more mainstream and aimed at the more traditional young audience.

"Toy Story 4" - OK. Enough already! It's Pixar so it's high quality. It has A-list voice actors and a well-thought-out plot. It also pulls at your heart strings. In other words, it's like all the other "Toy Story" movies that have come before. Hopefully this will be the end of the series and people can move on to more original projects.

"Missing Link" - I had originally thought this was a film from Aardman Studios (Wallace and Grommit), but found out it wasn't. It had that same sort of animation style. The plot was Bigfoot in America goes looking for his cousins the Yetis in the Himalayas with the help of a British explorer. My largest disappointment was that in this era of CGI fur rendering, Bigfoot looks like he's covered in plastic feathers. The only points I'll give to the film are because of its originality and its not from a major studio.

"Klaus" - It felt weird watching a Christmas movie in February. My synopsis of the movie would be titled "If Rankin/Bass made 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' with Don Bluth using CGI." I had very low expectations for this movie as it began in a cliche' "young spoiled rich boy gets his comeuppance." Slowly but surely the plot starts to evolve, however, and by the end there was actually a little tear in my eye. I'd give it a watch again this December.

"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" - Oh no! Another sequel!! Once again I had low expectations going into this. I was not a huge fan of the franchise to begin with, and I really didn't want to see more sequels. I had heard that it contained a dragon love story as well which lowered my expectations even more. With that being said, I think this film has a shot for the Oscar. It's not at all for the plot but rather for the animation. I was floored at the detail that they were able to obtain. If their color pallet had 1,000,000 colors, I'm sure they tried to use every one of them. One thing that I noticed which blew me away was that if you looked into the eyes of the characters, you could actually see the reflection of what they were looking at. It was very subtle, but once I noticed it, it could not be unseen. So I hope it wins the award and then, like Toy Story, goes away so new projects can be developed.
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