45th Annie Awards – Best Animated Films

About the 45th Annie Awards

45th Annie Awards honors the excellence in the field of animation.  The award ceremony will take place on February 2, 2018, at the University of California, Los Angele’s Royce Hall.  Coco has earned the most number of nominations (13) and the Breadwinner (10).  With this year’s animation selection, there is a lot of diversity from art to background. I was a tad bit disappointed to see the movie, Window Horses do not make the best-animated film list. 

Best Animated Film

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain UnderpantsDreamWorks Animation

Captain Underpants is based on the children’s novel by Dav Pikey. The plot follows two elementary pranksters named George and Harold. They hypnotize their strict principal, Mr. Krupp into thinking he is Captain Underpants, a superhero who fights crime while wearing underwear and a cape. The film received positive reviews and has grossed over $125 million.

Cars 3

Pixar Animation Studios

Cars 3 once again stars Lightning McQueen and other NASCAR personalities. He sets out to prove himself to a new generation of high tech racing cars and defend his title of the best race car in the world. The film has grossed over $383 million worldwide and has received positive reviews.

Coco

Pixar Animation Studios

Coco is based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is transported to the land of the dead. He must find a dead family member to believe in his dream of becoming a musician to return home. There are many cultural references, for example, Frida Kahlo. It has grossed over $293 million worldwide and has received positive reviews. If you enjoy past Pixar movies this movie is for you.

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3Illumination

Despicable Me 3 tells the story of Gru teaming up with his long-lost twin brother Dru in order to defeat 1980s child actor who grows up to become a villain, Balthazar Bratt.  It is Illumination’s second movie to gross over $1 billion.

The Boss Baby

The Boss BabyDreamWorks Animation

The Boss Baby is based on a 2010 picture book of the same name. The movie stars Alec Baldwin as the title character. The plot follows a baby who is a secret agent in the war between babies and puppies. The film received mixed reviews and grossed over $498 million worldwide. A sequel is scheduled to be released in 2021.

Best Animated Feature-Independent

In This Corner Of The World

GENCO Inc, MAPPA Co

In this corner of the world is a Japanese anime based on the manga of the same name.  The movie takes place in the 1930s in Hiroshima and Kure. Nature and culture is described as well as the cruel scenes brought by the war and the atomic bomb.

Loving Vincent

Loving VincentBreakThru Films, Production Company Trademark FIlms, Co-Production Company

Loving Vincent is the worlds first fully painted feature film. It tells the tale of Vincent Van Gogh and the circumstances of his death.

Napping Princess

Napping PrincessNippon TV

Napping Princess is a Japanese anime that takes place in the near future. Kokone Morikawa has a strange dream of a society controlled by cars and the King.

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

The Big Bad Fox and Other talesFolivari / Paniquel / Studiocanal

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is a French anthology film.  Adapted from Renner’s books, Le grand merchant the film is linked together by a frame narrative.

The Breadwinner

The BreadwinnerCartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions

The Breadwinner is based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis. A girl in Afghanistan must dress as a boy so she can support her family.

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Best Animated Special Production

Imaginary Friend Society “Feeling Sad”

Imaginary Friend SocietyHornet

The Imaginary Friend Society is our way of helping our youngest patients make sense of the many different aspects of cancer. It’s one of the many ways we’re using brains to save brains.

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems

Pig The Dam Keeper Tonko House, Inc.

Pig The Dam Keeper is a series written and directed by Erick Oh, we see how Pig remembers becoming the Dam Keeper. Seen through Pig’s youthful perspective, the visuals are abstract and surreal, but the source of his pain and his joy are clear.

Revolting Rhymes

Revolting RhymesMagic Light Pictures

Revolting Rhymes is an adaptation of Road Dahl’s work. It is a two half-hour animated film illustrated by Quentin Blake. A wolf wants revenge for the deaths of his beloved nephews at the hands of Red Riding Hood.

Tangled Before Ever After

Tangled before ever afterWalt Disney Television Animation

Tangled before ever after is a Disney Television Animation. It takes place between the Tangled film and the animated short, Tangled ever after.  Rapunzel must adjust to the life of a princess.

Best Animated Short Subject

Dear Basketball

Glen Keane Productions, Kobe Studios, Believe Entertainment Group

Dear Basketball is an inspiring poem by Kobe Bryant and set to the music of legendary composer, John Williams.

Hedgehog’s Home

National Film Board of Canada, Bonobostudio

Hedgehogs Home is an animated short of a hedgehog living in the forest.

Negative Space

Negative spaceIKKI Films / Manuel Cam Studio

Negative space is an adaptation of the poem by Ron Koertge. The stor is about a boy who connects with his father by learning to pack a suitcase.

Scavengers

ScavengersTitmouse, Inc. Adult Swim

An 8 minute short created for adult Swim Toonami follows a pair of intergalactic explorers who become stranded on an unfamiliar planet.

Son Of Jaguar

Son of JaguarGoogle Spotlight Stories, Reel FX

In the most important match of his life, the once mighty masked luchador, Son of Jaguar, faces his legacy, his family, and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself.

 

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