Best Animated Feature
The Pirates: Band of Misfits!
Rise of the Guardians
A fairly good year for animated movies. DreamWorks stepped up their game with Rise of the Guardians, Tim Burton returned to form with Frankenweenie, Laika proved themselves more than a one-hit wonder with ParaNorman, and Aardman’s Pirates! provided some of the best laughs of the year. But I am most enamored with Wreck-It Ralph, which is not only Disney’s best animated feature in decades, but one of the great recent exercises in creativity, characterization, and heart. I should note that The Secret World of Arrietty, one of my Top 10 films of 2012, is excluded here, as it does not fall under the Academy’s guidelines for any nominations in 2012 – its original Japanese release, in 2010, happened too long ago to qualify now.
Dream Winner: Wreck-It Ralph
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