Once again, Animation Magazine asked you, the readers, to ‘You Be the Academy’ by voting online for your favorite animated films of 2005. So how did your picks match up to those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? It seems everyone was on the same page since the majority of votes went to DreamWorks/Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Disney’s presentation of Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
Wallace & Gromit emerged as the clear favorite with readers, claiming 27% of the vote among the nine short-listed animated films. Corpse Bride came in second with 21%, followed by Howl’s Moving Castle with 14%. Of the remaining six, Fox Animation’s Robots scored the highest, coming in at No. 4 with 12% of the vote.
The only real surprise this year is Disney’s Chicken Little beating out DreamWorks’ higher-grossing Madagascar and Sony Pictures Classics’ presentation of Steamboy, the latest 2D-animated feature from Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo. Chicken Little garnered 8% of the vote, followed closely by Madagascar with 7% and Steamboy with 5%. Getting a later start in theaters, The Weinstein Co.’s surprise hit, Hoodwinked, only managed 3% but still trumped the Disney-distributed Valiant from Vanguard Animation, which tied for ninth place with dark horse competitor Gulliver’s Travel from Pentimedia Graphics Ltd. of India. Both pics wound up with just 1% of the vote.
With several critics’ awards already under its belt, Wallace & Gromit is favored to win the Oscar, but an upset may be in the cards with two other tough competitors in the ring. Regardless of what happens, our readers are no doubt happy to see their three favorites in the running. Be sure and return to the voting page today and choose your No. 1 pick! We’ll have final results for you in advance of the March 5 Academy Awards presentation.