We’re not Academy voters. We suppose you probably aren’t Academy voters. But before the 87th Academy Awards air on ABC on February 22, 2015, we’re going to give you a chance to vote anyway.
Let us know your choice for Best Animated Feature. The nominees (sorry, The Lego Movie) are:
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: Toonzone’s Sonia described this film as “a feast for both the eyes and the heart” in her review. Studio Ghibli’s film is a story about a bamboo cutter named Okina who one day discovers a strange but beautiful miniature girl hidden inside the base of a glowing bamboo stalk. The story follows the girl through her carefree childhood in a village and through life as a noble and also uncovers her origins. The animation style resembles a living Asian watercolor and ink painting.
The Boxtrolls: Toonzone’s Ed Liu said Laika’s The Boxtrolls had “eccentric charms that set it apart strongly from most of its competition” in his review. The film follows the adventures of the Boxtrolls, harmless subterranean junk collectors, and the human boy they raise, Eggs.
Song of the Sea: Toonzone has yet to get a chance to review Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea, which just squeaked in for Oscar contention with a limited American release December 19, 2014. The movie centers on a boy named Ben and his sister Saoirse, and their journey across a fantastic world of ancient legends and magic as they attempt to return to their seaside home.
How To Train Your Dragon 2: DreamWorks’ follow-up to its mega-hit How to Train Your Dragon is the only big Hollywood sequel on this list. Toonzone’s Todd DuBois called it “a case study in what a good sequel ought to aspire to,” in his review. The film continues the story of Hiccup and his Night Fury Toothless, picking up five years later as they face a new threat.
Big Hero 6: DuBois found Big Hero 6 “excellent family entertainment, albeit very safely compared to the places DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 ventured this year with its own tale of a boy and his dragon” in his review. Very, very loosely adapted from a Marvel comic book, the film follows Hiro and his soft robotic pal Baymax with “enough excitement and heart to invoke fond memories of 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, though I also found myself wishing the movie just a bit more depth to it, since everyone and everything outside of Hiro and Baymax gets shortchanged,” DuBois wrote.