Continuing on with predictions for this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, today we take a look at the rest of the technical categories and the shorts—aka where Oscar ballots are made or lost. I surmised that Gravity would clean up in most of yesterday’s categories, but the love will have to be spread around when it comes to Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, and possibly Production Design. After the jump, I run through these categories as well as the contenders for Best Animated Short, Live-Action Short, and Documentary Short in Part 2 of my Oscar predictions.
Every year, the hardest categories to predict in the Oscar race are the shorts. They’re difficult to track down, and they don’t have much buzz. I’ll leave it to the prognosticators to figure out which one will win; I’m curious about their quality. For those who don’t know, there are three categories for shorts: Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short, and Best Documentary Short.
I have reviewed the shorts in all three categories, and will begin with the animated ones. Animation is always the best of the three because it has a freedom and vivacity we don’t see in mainstream animated fare, which usually has to appeal directly to families. While there was no absolutely outstanding animated short like Paperman or The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore this year, the animated short nominees had a fair balance of family-friendly films and offbeat titles. Hit the jump for my review of all five nominees.
To promote the upcoming November 27th release of the Disney animated feature Frozen, the studio invited members of the press out to see about 30 minutes of the film, along with the short, Get A Horse!, that will be paired with it in theaters. Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, the charming and totally cool new 3D short that seamlessly blends 2D black and white animation with color CG follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse (voiced by Marcellite Garner), and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabell Cow, as they enjoy a musical haywagon ride. When Peg-Leg Peter (voiced by Billy Bletcher) shows up and tries to run them off the road, classic meets modern, often stunningly in the same frame.
Get A Horse! is so fun that not only did it leave me wanting to see it again, but it made me excited to see what other new Mickey Mouse shorts were to come. While at the press day, Collider got the opportunity to speak with director Lauren MacMullan and producer Dorothy McKim about how they each got involved with this project and ended up working together on it, the biggest challenges in blending the old world animation with the new world, the appeal of working with mixed media, how when of the characters ended up wearing a Captain America t-shirt, how long the process of piecing together Walt Disney’s voice for the dialogue took, and if there could be more Mickey Mouse shorts, in the future. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
In case you missed Disney’s big animation presentation at D23 today, we have a recap of the Pixar portion already up and running with a DisneyToon Studios rundown coming shortly. Here you’ll find our write-up of another segment of today’s event: the animated features produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. These projects include the newest installment in Disney’s storied history of princess fairy tales, Frozen; a flashy adaptation of the Marvel comic, Big Hero 6; an original take on animal movies with Zootopia; and a restored 1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Get a Horse”, which made its U.S. debut here at D23. While D23 is a special event aimed at entertaining and rewarding Disney fans around the world, the presentation also included an acknowledgement of Disney veteran Burny Mattinson, who celebrates his 60th anniversary with the company this year. Hit the jump for my full recap.
We’ve seen quite a bit of news out of Disney’s D23 panel today, having already shared the voice casts and first images from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, new voice casting for Finding Dory, and the announcement of Disney’s new animated film Zootopia, and now new images for a few other upcoming films have been released. Briefly:
- Big Hero 6 – A new image from Disney Animation’s adaptation of the Marvel comic. The film opens on November 7, 2014.
- Frozen – A new image from Disney’s animated musical, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. The film opens this coming November 27th.
- Planes: Fire & Rescue – The first concept art image from DisneyToon Studios’ next film in the Planes universe. The film opens on July 18, 2014.
- The Pirate Fairy – The first image from the direct-to-video DisneyToon animated film, featuring the voices of Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks. The film will be released in spring 2014.
- Toy Story of TERROR! – A new image from Pixar’s upcoming half-hour Halloween TV special, premiering on ABC on October 16th.
- Get a Horse! – A new image from the new Disney Animation short, playing in front of Frozen this November.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and check back here on Collider later for our full D23 coverage.