This year’s Animation Magazine Online Oscar Poll sees Disney/Pixars The Incredibles win in a landslide with 48% of the vote. The superhero comedy from director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) easily beat DreamWorks Shrek 2 (21%) and Shark Tale (6%). The latest 3D blockbuster from Pixar looks like a shoo-in to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature on Sunday, having won the Golden Globe and the majority of critics choice kudos. Bird is also up for Best Original Screenplay for his Incredibles script.
Our Oscar Poll opened in January, inviting animation fans and professionals alike to vote from a host of likely Oscar nominees. Other films short-listed at the time were Cliffords Really Big Movie from Scholastic, Disneys Home on the Range, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence from DreamWorks Go Fish, The Legend of Buddha from Pentamedia Graphics Ltd., Warner Bros. The Polar Express, Disneys Teachers Pet, Sky Blue from Maxmedia and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
In the Best Animated Short competition, the winner is The Crab Revolution with 31% of the vote. Directed by Arthur De Pins and produced by Metronomic, the five-minute, black and white French film takes viewers to the brown waters of the Gironde estuary to meet the local population of Pachygrapsus Marmoratus, commonly known as “depressed crabs.” The win is quite an upset, considering the film didnt end up getting a nomination from the Academy. It has, however, done well on the festival circuit, pinching the AKA Cartoon Public Prize at the 2004 Ottawa Intl Animation Festival and garnering a nomination for the 2004 Cartoon dOr at Cartoon Forum.
Coming in at a close second in the shorts race with 23% of the vote is Ryan from Canadian animator Chris Landreth. This 14-minute-long, CG-animated psuedo-documentary on the tragic life of animator Ryan Larkin is up for this years Oscar, along with Disneys Lorenzo from director Mike Gabriel, Birthday Boy by Sejong Park, Gopher Broke from Blur Studios and director Jeff Fowler and Guard Dog by celebrated independent filmmaker Bill Plympton. Lorenzo got 13% of your vote, followed by Birthday Boy with 10%, Gopher Broke with 9% and Guard Dog with 5%. Guard Dog is currently making the rounds as part of The Animation Show (www.animationshow.com), a traveling shorts fest presented by King of the Hill creator Mike Judge and Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (Billys Balloon, Rejected).
Last year, Animation Magazine readers chose the critically acclaimed 2D flick The Triplets of Belleville from French director Sylvain Chomet as the favorite to win the Oscar. However, Disney and Pixar swam off with the trophy for Finding Nemo.
Wed like to thank everyone who logged on to vote. To see how accurate you were this year, tune in to watch the 77th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27. ABC will televise the ceremony live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood beginning at 5 p.m.