Monday, January 29, 2007

A Look Ahead at Best Animated Film.

Okay, so, for fun, I’ve decided to individually look at each Oscar category, and seeing as quite a few of the Oscar nominated films are still yet to come out in the UK, I’ll examine them as soon as I’ve seen all the films in each category. And I shall start with Best Animated Film.

Here are the nominees:

Happy Feet
Monster House

How I did: 67% - I correctly predicted Cars and Happy Feet, but I tricked myself into believing that Flushed Away would get in.

So now I shall talk about it.

I’m pretty pleased with this category, though I’m generally pretty pleased with animated films. About 60% of the animated films I see make me feel all warm and fuzzy, which sadly cannot be said for cinema overall. And I really liked all three of these films. Rankings.

01. Cars
I saw this in the Summer holidays with a couple of my 8-year-old brother, and I had just as much fun as he. Visually, it’s only behind Finding Nemo in terms of Pixar – the red-sunset filled hues of the American backdrop, the careful attention to detail in livening the cars, etc. There are a wide range of fun and colourful characters, which redeem the slightly annoying main character of Owen Wilson. The usage of the ever classic tune Route 66 is genius, and Randy Newman’s cute, winsome score plays winningly throughout. My only slight foible with the movie was its script, which I must admit must be Pixar’s worst. Some of the jokes were regurgitations from ones from other Pixar films, and the dialogue was a little rusty. But children don’t notice that, and when I was watching this movie, I felt like some of my childhood had indeed been restored. A-.

02. Monster House
Heehee, now here’s the film that a teacher at my brother’s school wouldn’t allow the kids to watch because she thought it was “too scary for young children.” Well, parts of it even scared me, and I thought it was really pushing it for as PG so there you go. The animation here isn’t as good as that in Cars, but suits the film well, and the fun mixture of horror and adventure works a treat, even if most kids are likely to be disturbed a bit by it. B+.

03. Happy Feet
Penguins are indeed cute creatures. I really loved the usage of music in this film, and, I liked some of the penguins. Certainly one of the better Christmas films that came out last year, and the message of how it’s OK to be different was lovely. But still, a little over ambitious for an animated film, to be honest. B.

Tap tap tap.

Who will win: Cars.
Who deserves to win: Cars.
Who deserved to be nominated: Flushed Away.

And that’s that. I like Animated Films. :)

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Anonymous said...

I love animated films, too! My rankings match yours.


Emma said...

Heya Luke! I love how we both share adoration for animated films; they are indeed wonderful.

By the way, I know you don't blog any more, but could you do me a huge favour and just edit my link on your site? It would mean a lot to me to think that that person who hacked my account isn't getting linked to.

Thanks! :)

Rowena Julez said...

I'm pathetic. I didn't watch a single animated film last year. Not even Flushed Away. =(

I find Sheva, Robben, JT, Petr and Drogba hot.

I know, you're surprised to see Drogba's name there. My taste in men is really strange, you''l have to excuse me for that.

So which other footballers do you like to stare at? =P

Emma said...

Well, I consider the hottest man in football Crouchie, as you know, but José is really not far behind him. So fine! :D

I also love Stevie G, Philipp Lahm, Sheva, Arjen Robben, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Lamps, Dan Agger, Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon, Jamie Carragher (ip), Shaun Wright-Philips, and various others I've left out. Mainly Chelsea boys and English people. Hehe.

I don't see it in Drogba, but maybe you love him 'cos he's so talented? I think Ashley Cole's kinda cute. =)

And Chelsea got such an easy draw for the 5th round!!!

Chelsea v Blackpool or Norwich (easy)
Watford v Ipswich
Preston v Man City
Plymouth v Derby County
Man Utd v Reading
Arsenal or Bolton v Blackburn
Bristol City or Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Tottenham

Anonymous said...

great post Emma. Nice to see you blogging about films finally. :)

Was a Scanner Darkly eligible?

Emma said...

It was indeed, anonymous:

Anonymous said...


Rowena Julez said...

I used to be envious of Crouchy cos he's tall. And I'm like a midget. Haha. But no doubt he's hot (I've been called crazy for saying he's hot, but I don't care).

I like most of the Chelsea lads (I really find Essien and Ballack annoying...Ashley Cole can be quite annoying sometimes) and the England fellas too.

I like Jamie Carragher too (oh it was his birthday yesterday)! My mother and I were telling yesterday during the Arsenal game "OMG THEO IS ADORABLE!". But he's younger than me =(

I like most of the people on your list. Let me just add Lukas Podolski and Fabio Grosso to my list.

Too many to list down.

OMG...the draw is really easy! I hope Reading beat ManUre. Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

Pixar rule to Cars should win.

Dan said...

Pixar is good, aye, but Cars isn't.

Monster's Inc is their best film IMHO.

Art said...

I thought Cars was good. The kids loved it.

Michael Parsons said...

Hey Emma, GREAT blog hon. Glad there are some other movie and Oscar obsessed people this side of the Atlantic.
Watched the nominations being announced live on - Quiet sad really.

By the way...loved your review of Junebug

Michael Parsons said...

Hey Emma, GREAT blog hon. Glad there are some other movie and Oscar obsessed people this side of the Atlantic.
Watched the nominations being announced live on - Quiet sad really.

By the way...loved your review of Junebug

Reel Fanatic said...

Hola Emma .... Although I liked all of these, I would put Monster House on top, if only by a nose, because the story it presented was just more entertaining than the one in Cars ... And I certainly share your wish that Flushed Away had made the cuts, even if those little slugs just really annoyed me

Anonymous said...

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The Bank of England’s inflation benchmark, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), stood unchanged at 1.8% last month – below the bank’s 2% target for the third month in succession, according to Office for National Statistics figures.
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Alongside higher oil prices, petrol costs have risen since the beginning of the month after a 2p a litre increase in fuel duty. Every 3p extra on the cost of a litre of petrol adds around 0.1% to the CPI index.
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Following the summer’s turmoil in the financial markets, businesses and homeowners had been hopeful of an early interest rate cut from the bank’s policymakers after signs of a slowdown in the housing market.
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This week sees the publication of some crucial data to gauge the economic health of the UK.
Experts will hope to gain clues on the future path of interest rates in the minutes of the bank’s latest meeting today, while retail sales figures will be published tomorrow.

Inflation remained steady at 1.8% last month on the consumer prices index measure, defying City expectations that it would move up to 1.9%.
The data released yesterday marks the third month running that CPI inflation has remained below the Bank of England's government-set target of 2%.
Analysts said this would make it easier for the Bank to cut interest rates in the coming months in response to the global credit squeeze and growing evidence that the economy is weakening.
"UK inflation risks remain benign and the Bank of England should have a free hand to cut rates by a quarter-point at the November monetary policy meeting," said David Brown, chief European economist at Bear Stearns in London.
Inflation is at its lowest in over a year and a long way below the 3.1% peak it hit in March as last year's jump in oil prices fed through into higher energy bills.
David Kern, economic adviser to the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Today's inflation figures were slightly better than the market expected and reinforce our argument that the MPC should consider an interest rate cut in November to 5.5%."
But the MPC will be conscious of a fresh inflationary threat coming from the latest oil price surge.
Food had the biggest upward effect on inflation in September as the price of dairy products surged 6.3% on the month. Overall, food added 0.1 percentage points to the annual CPI rate. Falling gas and electricity bills made a downward contribution to inflation, as did clothing and footwear, which rose by less than last year.
The RPI measure of inflation was also weaker, falling to 3.9% from 4.1% in August. The RPIX measure, which excludes mortgage interest payments, rose to 2.8% from 2.7% in August. said...

A lot of helpful data for myself!