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11.12.2009

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Looks like 2009 will have been a good crop for Toons at the movies, as for only the second time the next Oscar ceremony will see 5 films nominated in the "Thanks for Trying" category, otherwise known as Best Animated Film.

The Academy (of Motion Picture arts & Sciences, just in case...) officially announced 20 animated films to have been submitted this year, with the obvious front runner being ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, also in line for "Best F*cking Title of the Decade".

under their rules a minimum of 16 nominations are necessary to have more than 3 nominees. Last time so many films were being considered was back in 2002 when Miyazaki's masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY took the Gold. And the Japanese director might see his PONYO get just as lucky if some analysts' predictions come true: what if Pixar's UP gets nominated for Best Film as well? The assumption is that members who would vote for it in one category would overlook it in the other, which means it might not win AT ALL. A crying shame if you ask me.

Here are this year's submissions, as listed by the Academy (of Motio... oh screw it):

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Astro Boy

Battle for Terra

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Coraline

Disney's A Christmas Carol

The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Mary and Max

The Missing Lynx

Monsters vs. Aliens

9

Planet 51

Ponyo

The Princess and the Frog

The Secret of Kells

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

A Town Called Panic

Up

Extra Tidbit: Care to venture the 5 nominees?
Source: Oscars.Org

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12:04AM on 11/15/2009

My picks

up, a xmas carol, ponyo, monster vs alien, and coraline...up will win...pixar is always good
up, a xmas carol, ponyo, monster vs alien, and coraline...up will win...pixar is always good
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1:04AM on 11/13/2009
Up
Ponyo
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess and the Frog.
Up
Ponyo
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess and the Frog.
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12:41AM on 11/13/2009
All I've heard about Ponyo is that it's decent but one of Miyazaki's lesser films so I can't see it getting nominated. My Guesses


Up
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess And The Frog
All I've heard about Ponyo is that it's decent but one of Miyazaki's lesser films so I can't see it getting nominated. My Guesses


Up
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess And The Frog
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5:20PM on 11/12/2009
It's interesting Avatar isn't on this list. I guess the ratio of live action to animation in the movie make it ineligible for this category even though in the trailer it seems to be very heavy on the motion capture/CGI environments.
It's interesting Avatar isn't on this list. I guess the ratio of live action to animation in the movie make it ineligible for this category even though in the trailer it seems to be very heavy on the motion capture/CGI environments.
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3:43PM on 11/12/2009
Up should definitely be nominated for best picture, and for all the movies I have seen this year it is still the best film.

I haven't seen most of these movies but based on reviews and peoples impressions of these films I think it will be

Ponyo
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Mary and Max

*Since Princess and the Frog has not come out yet I can't throw that one in there.
Up should definitely be nominated for best picture, and for all the movies I have seen this year it is still the best film.

I haven't seen most of these movies but based on reviews and peoples impressions of these films I think it will be

Ponyo
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Mary and Max

*Since Princess and the Frog has not come out yet I can't throw that one in there.
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2:12PM on 11/12/2009

CORALINE

CORALINE wins. You heard it here first.
CORALINE wins. You heard it here first.
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11:35AM on 11/12/2009

Up yours to UP!

I know how much I'm in the minority on this one but UP sucked so much. Sure it was diffrent with the opening showing a lost of a toon's wife, but once the ball got rolling it was as boring as it could be.

I hope Mr. Fox wins but it won't.
I know how much I'm in the minority on this one but UP sucked so much. Sure it was diffrent with the opening showing a lost of a toon's wife, but once the ball got rolling it was as boring as it could be.

I hope Mr. Fox wins but it won't.
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12:47PM on 11/12/2009
Gotta agree with you there.
Gotta agree with you there.
2:30PM on 11/12/2009
totally agree, up is the worst pixar since cars... totally disjointed and odd
totally agree, up is the worst pixar since cars... totally disjointed and odd
12:12AM on 11/13/2009
Looks like Up is now suffering from "TDK Syndrome." It's got a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it's #61 on the IMDb top 100...do you really not like it? I find that hard to believe. Seems like an attention thing.
Looks like Up is now suffering from "TDK Syndrome." It's got a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it's #61 on the IMDb top 100...do you really not like it? I find that hard to believe. Seems like an attention thing.
3:05AM on 11/13/2009
I agree that it is overrated. IMHO, Pixar's weakest film.
I agree that it is overrated. IMHO, Pixar's weakest film.
8:31PM on 11/14/2009
Totally agree with "It's an attention thing"

Hey, whatever makes ya different, right CriticalBill?
Totally agree with "It's an attention thing"

Hey, whatever makes ya different, right CriticalBill?
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9:46AM on 11/12/2009
My picks:
1. Coraline
2.The Princess and The Frog
3. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Ponyo
5. A Christmas Carol

*Up was not included because I have a strong feeling it'll be nominated for Best Picture. Opening the BP Race to 10 spots changed the make up and gave UP a MUCH bigger chance have nailing a nom.
My picks:
1. Coraline
2.The Princess and The Frog
3. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Ponyo
5. A Christmas Carol

*Up was not included because I have a strong feeling it'll be nominated for Best Picture. Opening the BP Race to 10 spots changed the make up and gave UP a MUCH bigger chance have nailing a nom.
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8:38AM on 11/12/2009
I don't know who was insane enough to nominate Alvin 2, unless you're trying to be funny, Tony. Eligible films have to have to be 75% animation, and there's no way Alvin 2 has that much.

1) Princess and the Frog
2) Up
3) Coraline
4) Ponyo
5) Fantastic Mr. Fox

Personally, I thought Mai Mai Miracle was better than Ponyo, but that could be coming out next year. MvsA wasn't all that strong, so I think it may get chucked from the final list.

My guess is Princess and the Frog, unless
I don't know who was insane enough to nominate Alvin 2, unless you're trying to be funny, Tony. Eligible films have to have to be 75% animation, and there's no way Alvin 2 has that much.

1) Princess and the Frog
2) Up
3) Coraline
4) Ponyo
5) Fantastic Mr. Fox

Personally, I thought Mai Mai Miracle was better than Ponyo, but that could be coming out next year. MvsA wasn't all that strong, so I think it may get chucked from the final list.

My guess is Princess and the Frog, unless it (inexplicably) stinks.
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7:10AM on 11/12/2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Up
The Princess and the Frog
Ponyo
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Up
The Princess and the Frog
Ponyo
Coraline
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5:16AM on 11/12/2009

My 5...

I'm rooting for the following (in 1 thru 5 order)

A Christmas Carol
9
Coraline
Cloudy With a Chance...
Monsters vs. Aliens

I did not include Up because I think it should be considered for Best Picture, great piece of Filmaking, even if I thought the movie was boring as hell...
I'm rooting for the following (in 1 thru 5 order)

A Christmas Carol
9
Coraline
Cloudy With a Chance...
Monsters vs. Aliens

I did not include Up because I think it should be considered for Best Picture, great piece of Filmaking, even if I thought the movie was boring as hell...
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4:37AM on 11/12/2009

Battle for Terra

Didn't Battle for Terra come out in 2007? Whats the point of making a 20 film list, there is barely anything NOT on this list!
Didn't Battle for Terra come out in 2007? Whats the point of making a 20 film list, there is barely anything NOT on this list!
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4:24AM on 11/12/2009

Oh yeah !

Up, Coraline and the amazing A Town Called Panic deserves some prizes!


Damn, A Christmas Carol too!
Up, Coraline and the amazing A Town Called Panic deserves some prizes!


Damn, A Christmas Carol too!
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2:56AM on 11/12/2009
Coraline
Ponyo
Up
The Princess and the Frog
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Coraline
Ponyo
Up
The Princess and the Frog
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
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2:37AM on 11/12/2009
Mr. Zemeckis, you irritate me. You bitch and moan about how mo-cap isn't really "animation" but a completely different art form, but you want your films to win Oscars in a "best animated film" category. Make up your mind.
Mr. Zemeckis, you irritate me. You bitch and moan about how mo-cap isn't really "animation" but a completely different art form, but you want your films to win Oscars in a "best animated film" category. Make up your mind.
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2:31AM on 11/12/2009
Since when the fuck is ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS an animated film? It's a live action movie with computer animation added in. Obviously not the fucking same.
Since when the fuck is ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS an animated film? It's a live action movie with computer animation added in. Obviously not the fucking same.
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2:24AM on 11/12/2009
I rarely laugh reading an article on this site, but this one was hilarious.

Lets get to serious business.

My guesses:
Coraline
Ponyo
Up
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess and the Frog
I rarely laugh reading an article on this site, but this one was hilarious.

Lets get to serious business.

My guesses:
Coraline
Ponyo
Up
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess and the Frog
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2:04AM on 11/12/2009

UP

Up better get a nom for best picture. There were very few films better than it this year. VERY few.
Up better get a nom for best picture. There were very few films better than it this year. VERY few.
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2:03AM on 11/12/2009
I'm guessin Up as the front runner unless you know its in the best picture running... also I'd go with a close Ponyo, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Maybe 9 could get in there, or Princess

Tinkerbell is in the running? lmao thats awesome
I'm guessin Up as the front runner unless you know its in the best picture running... also I'd go with a close Ponyo, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Maybe 9 could get in there, or Princess

Tinkerbell is in the running? lmao thats awesome
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1:46AM on 11/12/2009
im going with up (naitch), fatastic mr. fox looks to be amazing, a christmas carol, ponyo, and either 9 or the princess and the frog
im going with up (naitch), fatastic mr. fox looks to be amazing, a christmas carol, ponyo, and either 9 or the princess and the frog
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