Five animated feature films are now competing to take home the most prestigious award in film, the Oscar, with the winner revealed when the 91st Academy Awards air live on Sunday 24 February 24 on ABC.
The nominees range from superhero box office hits with Incredibles 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, to Wes Anderson’s stop-frame animation, Isle of Dogs, the Japanese anime fantasy, Mirai, and Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet.
IndieWire.com says about the category, “It’s become a race between Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with Brad Bird duking it out with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for superhero supremacy.
Bird put the focus on Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) in the sequel to his 2004 Oscar winner, and producers Lord and Miller introduced Miles Morales — the first Spidey of color — while breaking the rules of animation.”
Read more about the contenders and watch the trailers here!
Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle)
The Parr family — father Bob, mother Helen, teenage daughter Violet, tween son Dash and toddler Jack-Jack — are frustrated that superheroes are still forced to hide their powers. When a tycoon concocts a PR campaign promoting Elastigirl’s adventures, Helen takes charge while Bob stays at home. New villain Screenslaver forces the entire family to suit up, however, to foil his evil schemes.
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson)
Twenty years in the future, the Japanese city of Megasaki is facing a pandemic of dog flu, prompting Mayor Kobayashi to decree that all canines be exiled to Trash Island. Atari, the mayor’s 12-year-old nephew, refuses to accept the banishment of his beloved pet, however, and embarks on a hazardous quest to retrieve him.
Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito)
Four-year-old Kun is overwhelmed by the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. Although he wants to love her, Kun is jealous of the attention she receives and so retreats to a make-believe world where he is visited by their late grandfather and their dog in human form, as well as by Mirai herself, as a teenager from the future.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer)
While enjoying life in his own arcade game, Ralph is distraught to learn that Vanellope’s Sugar Rush game is about to be junked due to a broken piece. Determined to find the necessary part, Ralph and Vanellope enter the World Wide Web, where they encounter a vast array of sometimes fun, sometimes threatening virtual entities.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher)
When New York teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider, he is astonished to discover that he has superpowers just like Spider-Man. After being trained by Peter Parker and assuming his mantle, Miles is joined by other Spidey heroes from parallel universes as he battles an array of cunning villains.
So, who do you think will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film this year — a box-office hit or one of the alternative styles of animation?