And in the morning, I'm making waffles!

And in the morning, I’m making waffles!

The 74th annual Academy Awards for the film year 2001.  The nominations were announced on February 12, 2002 and the awards were held on March 24, 2002.

Best Animated Film:  Shrek

  • Monsters Inc.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Most Surprising Omission: Waking Life

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  n/a

Rank (out of 15) Among Best Best Animated Film Years:  #11

Oscar Score:  100

Alternate Oscar Score:  100

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Back in 2009, I wrote a series of posts about each of the categories that have awards at the Oscars.  I organized it by category because almost all things written about the Oscars group them by years and never discussed the categories as a whole.  In 2010, I went back to that series and added the 2009 nominees to the original posts (you can find that original post here, but this post supersedes everything in it).  Once I concluded that series (it ran every day from the day of the nominations to the day of the Oscars) I would go on to write a series about all the films ever nominated for Best Picture, writing a review of every nominee because it didn’t seem like anyone had ever done that.  When that ended (in early 2013), I went on to other things, including beginning my Nighthawk Awards, my list of my own personal awards from each year.  I have been doing that series for four years now and am rapidly approaching the end (if I did as many years in 2017 as I did in 2016, I would finish it this year).  So, partially in an effort to put off the end of that series, I am starting this series.  This is essentially the same as the Best Picture series, except with the category of Best Animated Film.  So now, just before I post each Nighthawk Awards, starting with 2001, I will do a separate piece on the nominees for Best Animated Film.  This post is going up after the 2000 post because that was when the Academy finally decided to create this category, probably inspired, in part by the run of great animated films from previous years like Toy Story 2, Princess Mononoke, South Park, The Iron Giant and Chicken Run.  Also, with the rise of Pixar, the greater American visibility of Ghibli and new films from Aardman and DreamWorks, there were a lot more animated films out there and they wouldn’t just be giving the award to Disney every year (well, they would be mostly giving the award to Pixar, who was first distributed, then later, owned by Disney, so they actually were pretty much giving it to Disney almost every year), so it was time for the award. (more…)

The film that taught me that the book is usually better.

The film that taught me that the book is usually better.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part IX:

The Secret of NIMH

  • Director:  Don Bluth
  • Writer:  Don Bluth  /  John Pomeroy  /  Gary Goldman  /  Will Finn  (from the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien)
  • Producer:  Don Bluth  /  John Pomeroy  /  Gary Goldman
  • Stars:  Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacob, Dom DeLuise, Peter Strauss (voices only)
  • Studio:  MGM/UA
  • Award Nominations:  none from groups I track
  • Length:  82 min
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated)
  • MPAA Rating:  G
  • Release Date:  2 July 1982
  • Box Office Gross:  $14.66 mil  (#52  –  1982)
  • Ebert Rating:  ***
  • My Rating:  ***.5
  • My Rank:  #23  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  Best Animated Film
  • Nighthawk Notables:  Best Animated Voice Performance (John Carradine)
  • First Watched:  on HBO when it first came to cable
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  10-15

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the first eerie shot of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The 64th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1991.  The nominations were announced on February 19, 1992 and the awards were held on March 30, 1992.

Best Picture:  The Silence of the Lambs

  • JFK
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bugsy
  • The Prince of Tides

Most Surprising Omission:  Thelma and Louise

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Fisher King

Rank (out of 83) Among Best Picture Years:  #9

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the Ralph Steadman illustrated version of George Orwell's Animal Farm

Animal Farm

  • Author:  George Orwell  (1903  –  1950)
  • Rank:  #44
  • Published:  1945
  • Publisher:  Secker and Warburg
  • Pages:  128
  • First Line:  “Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.”
  • Last Line:  “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
  • ML Edition:  none
  • Film Version:  1954;  1999 (tv film)
  • Acclaim:  Modern Library Top 100 English Language Novels of the 20th Century #31; All-TIME List; Hugo Award (retroactively)
  • First Read:  Fall, 1991 (more…)

the lovely banner celebrating 50 Disney Animated Films

Now that we have finally seen Tangled this seems like a fitting list to do.  After all, there have now been 50 Disney Animated Films (actually, there have been a lot more).  So, with that in mind, I am here to rank all 50 of them – some of them are absolute classics and some of them, well, some of them are, shall we say, not good.  I’ve seen all 50 of them.  I almost started to write, “but there are probably a lot of people who have”.  But now that I think about it, it might be less common than I think.

First of all, there are a bunch of films that you probably are thinking of for this list that, technically, according to the people at Disney, not part of this list.  The first is of course, the Pixar films, all of which would be near the top of the list.  The second group would be the Studio Ghibli films (Hayao Miyazaki’s films), many of which would also be near or at the top.  There are of course films like Song of the South, Mary Poppins, Pete’s Dragon or Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which combine live action and animation.  Then, finally, there are the DisneyToon films – like the recent Winnie the Pooh films, the films made from tv shows or the endless number of sequels to the actual Disney Animated Films.  And there are many of these films – especially the package films from the late 40’s or the lesser quality films from the last decade that you might not have actually seen.  But these are the films that count and we know which ones they are because conveniently, Disney numbers them.  Well, so will I.  But their numbering is in order of release.  Mine is in order of greatness.

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Richard Adams amazing story of rabbits - Watership Down (1972)

Watership Down

  • Author:  Richard Adams  (b. 1920)
  • Rank:  #74
  • Publisher:  Macmillan
  • Published:  1972
  • Pages:  478
  • First Line:  “The primroses were over.”
  • Last Lines:  “He reached the top of the bank in a single, powerful leap.  Hazel followed; and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom.”
  • ML Edition:  none
  • Acclaim:  Carnegie Medal
  • Film:  1978  (animated  –  ****)
  • Read:  Spring, 1990 (more…)