Animation heavyweights Pixar, Disney, Sony and DreamWorks look set for another battle royal at the Oscars – the studios represent six of the 21 films under Academy Award consideration.
Hits such as Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and Hotel Transylvania will battle it out for a spot on the five-strong nominees list in January (13) after the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences announced its shortlist on Friday (02Nov12). ParaNorman, Dr. Seuss’The Lorax, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Ice Age Continental Drift also make the list, as does acclaimed South African film Adventures in Zambezia and France’s Zarafa. Although Hotel Transylvania is very definitely a film for little ones (Pixar’s Up and Wall-E, for example, are both films primarily for grown-ups), there is certainly enough here to keep accompanying adults amused. Suitably themed for a Halloween treat, Hotel Transylvania has single dad Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) at its heart.
Monsters like vampire Count Dracula are no longer the threat to human life they once were, having evolved to become a peaceful race. However, humans still being afraid of their kind would, by contrast, kill a monster on sight. As a refuge from the human world, Dracula builds a holiday resort just for monsters and soon enough it’s filled with vacationing mythical fiends. When a teenage boy turns up and falls in love at first sight with his teenage daughter, Dracula must find a way to come to terms with the impending womanhood of Mavis (Selena Gomez) and let her begin to make her own way in the modern world. What do you think of this? Which movie do you think will win?
1. Rise of the Guardians
5. The Painting
7. A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
8. Hotel Transylvania
9. From Up on Poppy Hill
10. The Lorax
11. The Rabbi’s Cat
13. Ice Age: Continental Drift
14. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
15. The Pirates: Band of Misfits
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