Sunday, February 12, 2012

Batting 1000

I had no idea.

When it comes to Academy Awards nominations, American-based licensing and film distribution company GKIDS is three for three. Since its founding in 2008, GKIDS has received an Oscar nod for every film it has released.

The three-person film outfit picked up two nominations in the best animated feature category this year for its movies "Chico & Rita" and "A Cat in Paris."...

GKIDS president and founder Eric Beckman believes "Cars 2" and "Tintin" were passed over because the business model for animated films is changing. "There's a hole in the market. These big studios release their expensive tent-pole films with over $100 million production budgets, but audiences want to see interesting, beautiful different types of animated movies ..."

It's pretty to think so, but when you strip away the hype and wishful thinking, audiences want to see the tent-poles. Which are also the big splashy 3-D productions. Which are also the movies that make half a billion dollars. And sell lots of toys and games.

Just saying.


Anonymous said...

Not quite every film of theirs has been nominated. Sita Sings the Blues wasn't eligible and neither Mia and the Migoo nor Azur and Asmar was submitted, but Summer Wars was submitted, eligible, and snubbed (quite disappointingly, in my opinion; I found it much more entertaining than The Illusionist and on par with Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon if not slightly better).

Anonymous said...

Anime in general is being snubbed. Let's not also forget that Ponyo, with its breathtaking animation and ORIGINALITY, did not even get nominated back in 08 or 09.

I am still angry over that.

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