Furry Movie Award Watch: June
Alright, my first time at bat as an Ursa Major movie pundit worked out, as Kung Fu Panda 2's win put me at three for three predicting the movie awards I set out to predict. Read on for my reaction to the awards and my first guess at next year’s nominees and winner.
crossie’s Current Best Guesses
|Oscar for Best Animated Feature||Annie for Best Animated Feature||Ursa Major for Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture|
|Winner||Rise of the Guardians||Rise of the Guardians||Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted|
The Rabbi’s Cat
The Secret World of Arrietty
From Up on Poppy Hill
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Pirates! A Band of Misfits
The Secret World of Arrietty
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Rise of the Guardians
The Ursa Majors in 2011
When I read the winner’s list for this year’s Ursa Majors, my first reaction was one of pure relief. I was really nervous about my final choice for the winner, Kung Fu Panda 2. I stuck to my guns for no other reason that it would look even stupider if Kung Fu Panda 2 ended up winning and I switched at the last minute to something else. Yeah, I had to flip flop in the last month before the Annies came out to get that one right, but you got to know when to hold’em, and when to fold’em. Or something.
In the Oscars and, to a lesser extent, the Annies, I had a thousand and one award pundits backing me up (though I was much more accurate in my nominee guesses than the professionals in this category). In the Ursa Majors, I was all alone, trying to gauge the opinions and tastes of a group of people I oftentimes find baffling, if my constant feuding in Flayrah’s comments are any indication, with only fchan’s /toon/ board and the votes of the eight other guys in Flayrah’s recent poll to guide me.
But, I went with my guts, and essentially nailed it in my review of Kung Fu Panda 2 over a year ago. So, I guess furries are not completely baffling after all. That said, there were a few surprises.
Since this year was the first time we’ve got to see the rankings of the nominees (a move that, on one hand, may be a mistake; on the other, it really helps me out), I learned that Bitter Lake was less of a player than I thought. It was one of the two movies I figured would make me a bad pundit when the envelope was opened. It seems the consensus was the nomination was reward enough; if you want to win the award, you better bring it.
I was less surprised with the rest of the rankings, and Puss in Boots taking second was pretty obvious. It was the other movie that felt safer than my guts in the last months. Never underestimate new hotness.
For the record, Rango still should have won it, but my getting the correct answer makes up for any bitterness, so I'm totally okay with the results. I did not exactly hate Kung Fu Panda 2, after all.
The Ursa Majors in 2012
Looking ahead, there is already a very strong contender for next year’s winning movie — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. I was going to predict it as the winner even before I saw it; now that I have seen and actually even liked it, I am doubly sure. Furries seem to like DreamWorks Animation; they have won the last two years running, so it is the safe bet right now.
The other DreamWorks Animation movie, Rise of the Guardians looks good, and since Brave just got average reviews rather than good, it seems like the movie to beat at the Oscars and Annies. As far as furries, however, it only features Hugh Jackman as the superhero Easter Bunny. Wait. Did I say only? Aussie X-Rabbit is enough to put this thing in second going in.
In third is the aforementioned Brave, which is a movie about a princess who turns her mother into a bear for some reason. That’s not a spoiler. That’s the movie’s plot. Pixar for some reason decided not to mention that in its advertising, but whatever. Pixar can usually make it to the nominee list, but usually does not win unless it specifically features fully anthropomorphic animals in the lead role; queen bear is only supporting, and mute.
In fourth is the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift, a movie I personally am not very excited about. Of course, I was not very excited about Madagascar 3, so I will endeavor to keep an open mind. However, unlike the movies in the Madagascar series, which have always been nominated, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was a no-show at the Ursas, so it is the less furry loved series of the two.
My final pick is Ted; at least one movie nomination seems required to be live action every year, and can even win. However, Ted is another movie I am going to have to endeavor to keep an open mind about. There'll be be a lot of open-minded-endeavoring on my part this year, it seems.
Oscars and Annies
Brave putting up only average numbers on review aggregators has it barely leading the original Cars for third worst reviewed Pixar movie. It is not a critical flop like Cars 2, so you cannot count it out at the Oscars. However, at this point, it is not a slam dunk to win; the heir apparent this year is Rise of the Guardians. DreamWorks Animation seems to be just about due for a win.
It seems GKIDS, the distributor of foreign animated fair that managed to get not one but two movies on the final ballot of the Oscars last year has a regular slew of movies ready to go this year; it looks like they are going to singlehandedly make it a five nominee year again. For that, I am moving The Rabbi’s Cat into the Oscar nominees and trading it and From Up on Poppy Hill (which I know nothing about other than that Kris Tapley likes it; he seems to be about the only pundit who actually likes animated movies) into the Annies for Hotel Transylvania and Ice Age 4.