Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reporter Declares the Winner

It's all over but the shouting, I guess.

[Rango] has vastly outperformed [other animated features] in virtually every other respect [except box office]: critical reception (it is at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, better than every other 2011 animated film except Arthur Christmas); early critics/precursor awards (it has been voted the year's best animated film by virtually every major awards-dispensing group -- among them the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, and San Francisco Film Critics Circle -- except the New York Film Critics Circle, which skipped the category this year, and the New York Film Critics Online, which opted for Tintin); ...

My guess? The live-action directors Spielberg and Verbinski are the heavy-weight contenders for "Best Animated Feature" this year. They have the name recognition, the leverage, and the Big Mo.

Everybody else is in a lighter weight-class, doesn't matter how good the other pictures are, doesn't matter what the box office of this or that feature is. Heft and influence matter. That's the way Hollywood has rolled for the last ... oh ... century. It's the way the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has behaved since it's inception. (With, of course, the occasional exception.)


Anonymous said...

"[Rango] is at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, better than every other 2011 animated film except Arthur Christmas"

-Nope, Winnie the Pooh has 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

Winnie the what?

Anonymous said...

Rango is still a yawn and Fuhgly !

Anonymous said...

"Rango is still a yawn and Fuhgly !"

And sadly better than all the other animated crap that came out this year.

Anonymous said...

I thought Rango looked beautiful. I had more fun watching Kung-Fu Panda 2, though.

Anonymous said...

"beautiful?". Ha! Badly "designed," piss poor "animation," and REALLY cheap looking lighting.

The lack of a coherent story didn't help.

Snark Slayer said...

"Winnie the what?"

Winnie the Pooh.

An animated feature film . Released in 2011.

It has a 91% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Higher than Rango's 88% rating .

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