3 Stop Motion movies nominated for 2013 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

Good news for Stop Motion, here are the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film this time around:

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

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I agree.  I am not surprised that Brave won the Oscar.  I was, however, surprised that 3 stop motion films were nominated, in a way, that is a win.  Congratulations to everyone that worked on those films.

I don't understand this Oscar...

Like many others, I'm taking solace in that all 3 stop-motion films released last year were nominated.

That said, do I believe Brave should have won the award? No. While it was a fine film and I'm not about to knock Pixar, it was far from their best recent work (being closer to Cars 2 than Toy Story 3).

Personally, I would have given the award to ParaNorman, what I would consider to be the new pinnacle of stop motion achievement, but I would have understood if Frankenweenie had received it instead.

By that I have absolutely nothing but the top most respect for Pirates: Band of Misfits, but I didn't think the story brought enough new to the table.

What surprised me almost more than Brave winning the award is the outcry I have seen on numerous other sites declaring that Wreck It Ralph was somehow robbed. It was an entertaining movie and a new twist on an old story, but I felt it relied too much on nostalgia and if my childhood arcade memories weren't included in the film, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. Not to mention, do arcades even exist anymore?!?

In the end, I can't get too upset as I rarely agree with the awards for ANY category... so why should the one I care the most about be any different?

The fact that 2012's stop motion films went 3 for 3 in their nominations and beat out numerous top level animated films is an amazing achievement and will hopefully be enough to make Hollywood take notice.

I was disappointed with the animated short section as well - Paperman won primarily based on its technical aspects - the short itself is rather bland. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSVKptu-8J8

 Remember when this won over Mickey's Christmas Carol? What happened?

 

There was a period of time (in the '80's) when Clay Animation was all the rage.

Thanks primarily to the Noid and the California Raisins - both from Will Vinton's studio. After those two ad campaigns hit, there was tons of stop motion being produced for years!

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