Furry Movie Award Watch: November 2013
Since this is so late, I’m going to somewhat use hindsight; however, I’m going to be honest with what I thought was going to win at the time (for instance, I would have put money on My Little Pony: Equestria Girls winning the Ursa Major right until the end). However, back in November, it became clear that Frozen was going to take the two animated awards (I don’t think anyone could have predicted how unfurry the furry award would get).
For the record, it’s a boring movie, and the fact that both the Oscar and the Ursa Major have gone to movies trying to eat their cake and have it to on the “feminist” Disney princess thing is pretty much the saddest outcome ever. At least it wasn’t an upset this year at the Oscars.
crossie’s Current Best Guesses
Note: Please remember these are my November 2013 guesses.
|Academy Award for Best Animated Feature||Annie Award for Best Animated Feature||Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture|
|Winner||Frozen||Frozen||My Little Pony: Equestria Girls|
|Nominees||Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Frozen capitalizes on a weak year
Okay, if Frozen was such a terrible movie, then how did it become the frontrunner pretty much overnight in the animated race?
Well, let’s face it, last year was pretty weak.
Pixar had another sequel out, and apparently the Academy will have nothing to do with Pixar sequels that don’t have the words “toy” and “story” in the title somewhere. It didn’t exactly go over well with the critics; it was a pretty average movie, in the 70s on Rotten Tomatoes. Not by any means awful, but more, meh, whatever.
The Academy has recently had a rocky relationship with Pixar; Cars 2 came out, and the Academy made it clear, just because they were Pixar, that did not mean they would take any crap from them. The next year, Brave came out and won the award, which seemed to be the Academy saying, okay, no crap, but your wet farts are perfectly acceptable.
Let’s be clear here; the Academy had no business nominating Brave; it’s nomination cost <The Rabbi’s Cat the chance to go to the show, meaning 2012 was the first year since 2008 that an originally foreign language film was not nominated. Now, if they actually revealed the nominating votes, I’d bet The Pirates! Band of Misfits would have come in last of the five nominees, but it was also a, you know, half way decent movie that deserved to be there (and technically even foreign, though still English with a wide American release).
Then, Brave became the first upset winner in the category, though I guess that does depend on your definition of “upset.” Some found Happy Feet over Cars upsetting, but not really surprising, which is the definition I’m using (though Brave covers both upsetting and surprising). Since the upset came at the expense of Wreck-It Ralph, this may have had a factor in the season. Many people weren’t exactly thrilled with Brave’s win, and the Academy has been known to give “make-up” wins in the past over upsets.
I don’t think that’s the case here, as, technically, it was a Disney movie upsetting a Disney movie; okay, so it was Pixar/Disney over Disney/Disney, but John Lasseter is going to end up in the credits as some kind of producer in both. It may have been a factor in Monsters University’s no show, but the Academy just really doesn’t like sequels.
The truth of the matter is that there were no major competitors, period, from a major studio when Frozen came out in the animated feature department. It was just a lousy year. I’m a pretty big fan of animated movies, but my top ten list for the year had one animated movie, and it wasn’t even eligible, much less a factor. It could have been the year Ernest and Celestine or The Wind Rises became the second originally foreign language film to take the trophy, not because those were two of the greatest animated movies of all time, but because they finally ran out of English options (the fact that those two became the first two movies nominated for their non-dubbed versions should tell you something).
Unfortunately, Frozen came in just at the right moment, and was okay … ish. I mean, to be clear, I somehow managed to avoid any really bad movies last year, with the exception of Epic (and even it was just bad, not really bad). Frozen was just really, really boring, and that’s why I picked it as second worst movie of the year. The kind of boring, apparently, that people like, however, so it also became a bit of a phenomenon during an also pretty boring winter movie season, animated or otherwise.
It squeaked in their at the right time, is all.