According to the Buzz, these are the four animated films predicted to earn Oscar nominations in 2013. I decided to post a short review on each.
1. Brave. One of the most anticipated animated films of the year. Perhaps, the most popular. Brave has a 79% audience rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. This is the story of Princess Merida, a young woman who creates her own destiny despite the customs of her kingdom. Merida is granted one wish, but she has to be brave to protect the people she loves.
Honestly, I saw teasers trailers for this movie early in 2011. I thought the story line was going to be different. I didn’t think she was going to use of magic to change her destiny. However, I enjoyed the story. This is a different princess. I love her wild red curly hair. She’s undoubtedly brave and confident enough to stand up for herself.
Written by: Brenda Chapman. Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell.
2. Wreck-It-Ralph. This film has a 91 percent audience rating on the Rotten Tomatoes. Wreck-It-Ralph ((John C. Reilly) is a video game character tired of always being the bad guy. In hopes to change his life, he abandons his own game in hopes of turning around his fate. However, he ends up in Sugar Rush (another game), making friends with Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). Helping this girl shows him what it truly means to be a hero.
I must say that Jane Lynch did an amazing performance in this film doing the voice of Calhoun. She was funny and likable. It’s nice to see a woman kicking ass in a video game. All the characters in this movie are likable. I can’t complain. I liked this movie the best.
Written by: Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee. Directed by Rich Moore
3. ParaNorman. Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see and talk to ghosts.He’s constantly bullied and laughed at for his abilities. However, he’s the only one who can save the city from a witch’s ancient curse. This is because he’s the only one who can see the dead.
A few of the scenes are too long for my taste (dragged). However, the film has many dramatic and impressive scenes. The graphics look fabulous, especially in the scenes in the graveyard, amongst the trees, and the encounter with Aggie (the witch). The film is a little dark. Definitely a horror movie, for kids.
Written by: Chris Butler and directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. This movie has a Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 76% percent.
4. Frankenweenie. This film is another take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Young Victor Frankenstein (a younger version of Shelley’s main character played by Charlie Tahan) conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life. However, he most face the consequences of his actions.
The film looks terrific in terms of graphics. It has beautiful cinematic scenes. The look of the film reminds me a little of another film written by Tim Burton, Nightmare Before Christmas.
This film has a Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 79%. This is a Tim Burton film. Written by: Tim Burton and John August.
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