Last week the Golden Globes nominees were announced to the delight of animation enthusiasts across the globe.
The Best Animated Motion Picture is a relatively new category, and was only added to the award line up in 2007. Since the first recipient of the award, Disney’s Cars directed by John Lasseter, winners have ranged from Tin Tin to the now cult classic Frozen. We have rounded up all you need to know about this years nominees, including some surprisingly animation facts…
Kubo and the Two Strings
This is a stop-motion action adventure is directed by Travis Knight and produced at Laika studios. Kubo is the protagonist of this animation. A fearless child with magical powers who has his left eye stolen makes a compelling adventure which animated makes a great piece of cinema! Follow Kubo as he battles the film’s malcontents the Sisters, Raiden the Moon King and his fleet of spirits in this original tale.
Animation fact: Kubo and the Two Strings uses an animation technique called ‘rapid prototyping’ which involves using a 3D printer to enchance stop-motion animation, read more here.
Walt Disney’s Animation Studios’ latest release, Moana, has been a hit at the box office topping the chart for three consecutive weekends and has grossed over $200 million worldwide so far. It is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Moana has been critically acclaimed not only on its animation but on its Polynesian inspired original songs and its rich plot which is focused on mythology of Polynesian demi-gods; the island on which the motion picture is set.
Animation fact: Demi-god Maui’s tattoos are the only hand-drawn element of the film’s stunning animation.
Zootropolis (also known as Zootopia) is a 3D animated comedy produced by Walt Disney Studios. The film unfolds the blooming friendship between a fox (Nick Wilde) and a rabbit (Lieutenant Judy Hopps) as they uncover that all in Zootropolis is not as it seems. This is a laugh-out loud production you have to see to believe!
Animation fact: The metropolis design of Zootropolis’ city-scape was inspired by Shanghai and Hong Kong.
A french stop-motion about a boy who dons the alias Courgette after the death of his mother. We join Courgette as he is sent to a care home where at first he just doesn’t fit in but slowly he begins to forge firm friendships in the most unexpected of places. Boldy imagined, brave and charming it’s not difficult to see why My Life As A Zucchini has been nominated for a Gloden Globe!
Animation fact: My Life as a Zucchini has been nominated for three Annie Awards for accomplishments in animation.
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