It was always one of my favorite Disney animated feature, but I forgot how it took my breath away until I bought it on Blu Ray this past year. WOW...
While I liked Toy Story 3 a lot, I thought it was inferior to the previous chapters. Since it's the only Best Picture nominee I've seen this year, though, I do hope it wins.
UP? I just saw it about two weeks ago for the first time. After the first 15 minutes, I thought it was gonna be one of Pixar's great accomplishments. Wrong. It went downhill, and I ended up quite disappointed in it.
As it is I still wonder how the animators managed to convey such emotion and subtle facial expressions. Quite remarkable when you consider it. Now you have to understand that, while I love Pixar and Dreamworks animation, I think I might still prefer the old 2D pen-drawn techniques. So I would've expected myself to vote for " Beauty & the Beast". And Toy Story 3 has so many wonderful elements that it's possibly one of the best animated movies of all time ( so far ).But "UP" touched my heart and my soul. At times I forgot that the main character was not a real person. How good can that be ?
For 2010, I adored Toy Story 3 but I also thought Tangled and HT Train Your Dragon were superlative animated films that transcended the genre.
I chose Up, not because of the sappy love story (which is probably the reason why it was nomintated for an Academy Award), but because of the dog. The dog made the movie, without the dog the movie would have been boring. Toy Story 3 had some funny parts too, but it was probably my least favorite of the three the first time I saw it atleast (it seemed to move slow at times). I usually think that the Academy is disconnected from the a lot of the viewing public's opinions when it comes to what they find entertaining or funny anyway (after all, movies are suppose to be entertainment right?). A great example of the disconnect ammoungst critcs and the audience to me would be the Golden Globes naming The Kids Are Alright comedy of the year..... That movie was hardly a comedy.... really seemed like more of a drama. I don't remember laughing much during it at all. It was more like a high budget (maybe a little more edgy) version of a lifetime television movie. Snoozfest.
Its one of the few animated movies that scores big on all fronts: technology, traditional beautiful animation, quite arguably the best story,good morals, effective villian, clever sidekicks, and music that is out of this world!
While TSIII is a great movie, I feel that it pales in comparision to the first two Toy Story s. Personally, TSII was the best of the three and I felt TSIII was just a repeat of the same morals.
I too was a bit disappointed in Up, but I felt that it was a beautiful concept and pieces of the movie (like the Married Life scene shown) are some of the best work that Pixar has put out. They seem to do very well with animation with NO speaking!
I am a bit disappointed that Tangled was not nominated in the Animation category this year. It was a great movie and beautifully done. Still, it probably would get killed by TSIII
Toy Story 3 was great but it can't touch the first one.
I also think I'm partial to Beauty & the Beast because it came out when I was about 7 so I was at the perfect age for it. Love the music, love the characters, love, love, love it all!
Up, in the other hand I "almost" didn't like it. Robert says, "I dare you to see it and don't cry". It is a sad movie for me, just sad, the movie brings all this sadness and emotions but it doesn't really picks them "UP" by the end or towards the end either. I just think it left me with a sad feeling after I saw it. Not a happy or a feeling of enjoyment. For Toy Story in the other hand I just think that is hard to see this movie as a single movie. Since it brings a feeling of "closure" (unlike "UP"). In that sense since is bringing some closure to the story it bring us back to the other movies, to the reason why we like or love the characters. You get a feeling of love that just isn't about these part, but about the 2 previous ones this one ties them up with a bow at the end.
"Beauty and the Beast" had a great beginning with the prologue that tells the story of the beast with vitrals and the great Alan Menken score playing in the background of that scene. The rest of the movie looks too old fashioned.
The story lines of TS3 and Up are great and entertaining. There's no denying that they are two really good movies. Great actors and voices...great music..etc. Beauty and the Beast has all of those things too. To me the human dimension of its animation makes it better than the Pixar stuff.
I could watch again and again but I would have to say BB is the all time best on this list and possibly my favorite Disney movie.
I think WALL.E and Ratatouille, however, were the finest Pixar films released. WALL.E, in particular, truly was screwed out of a Best Picture nod, particularly considering its competition included The Reader and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - good, but not WALL.E good.
Also, I respectfully disagree with Derek. I don't think it's fair to criticize these animated films because they aren't "handmade". People often overestimate the amount of work the computer does. The character renderings, emotions, expressions - these are all done by hand; the computer is simply a tool to chisel the stone with. Look at the difference between films like Finding Nemo and Shark Tale. Plus, Beauty and the Beast was one of the first animated films to use CGI, so it isn't all hand-drawn.
As a final note, I'm happy that the Academy has finally started recognizing these films as art (though not to the degree they should), but one category they continually get neglected from is Best Director. The amount of care put into these films is astounding; if you get a chance, watch the footage from behind the scenes. Here's an excerpt from Patton Oswalt, voice of Remy in Ratatouille, talking about Brad Bird's direction: There’s a scene when I see my dad again and we hug. Brad Bird came in the booth and gave me a hug because when you hug someone, it changes how you talk without you having to think so much about it.
HOWEVER -- In my own view, all three of the choices provided take a back seat to 'How to Train Your Dragon' (which, I'm pleased to see, is nominated in two categories for the upcoming awards, one of which is best animated feature film).
I'm still not sure how, but Dreamworks managed to create, with that movie, a near-perfect metaphor for how we, as a species, treat any living creature we don't understand, and they managed to do it in a way which was vastly entertaining and touching all in one swell foop.
HTTYD literally left me breathless at the ending. No other movie since Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" has had that effect. Not 'Up,' not B&B, and certainly not Toy Story 3 (which -- sorry, folks -- I didn't really care for).