I Saw The Two Foreign Animated Films That Are Oscar Nominated

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Chico & Rita

The animated-film nominators have a lovely habit of not just going for blockbuster Hollywood fare all the time.

In fact, The Adventures of Tintin wasn't even nominated, possibly because of a bias against stop-action technology (though it was amazing-looking, no matter what you thought of the storytelling).

What they did nominate includes two foreign cartoons that seem handmade and homemade in comparison to the other chosen films.

Chico & Rita is a sexy, swirling romance set in Cuba and other world hubs, filled with music, dancing, spirit, and melancholy.

And A Cat in Paris is a short little thing about a mute girl (one of many non speaking characters this year) who ends up battling it out with the man who killed her father.

She's sort of a female Hugo meets Tintin, but the film has its own droll style.

These two will be duking it out for a trophy alongside celeb-driven movieland fare like Rango, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda 2.

Just their appearance in the category adds a touch of imagination to it, showing that animation can be acknowledged far outside the machinery of Southern California.

Try to check them out if you want to find out what's out there beyond Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil.


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A Cat in Paris (Un Vie de Chat)

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10 comments
Rich
Rich

I really enjoyed Chico & Rita and if you can get the version with the subtitles - it's worth watching the original version.

VonD
VonD

Chico and Rita me encantó!

nostradavid
nostradavid

I hope I will be able to see these two on a big screen.Rango is a lock.Roger Deakins' influence on the lighting by ILM made it stand out among animated features.Gore, Johnny and the cast had a great time in the recording studio.I did get to see all of the animated shorts last weekend.My favorite was "A Morning Stroll" from the UK.

Jean-Pierre Jacquet
Jean-Pierre Jacquet

Both are great and partake from the same graphic novel heritage, a million light years from manga, animé, or 3D Pixar stuff.

Devore
Devore

I remember when they nominated Triplets of Belleville (maybe it even won). I check it out and it was amazing! So much better than the Hollywood stuff.

Teabag
Teabag

Thanks for the tip! Never heard of these.

Lloyd
Lloyd

I saw the nominees last weekend as well; it would be hard to choose a favourite. I thought Skylight was the funniest.

Diesel
Diesel

Do you think "A Morning Stroll" will win that category? trying to fill out my ballot.

Diesel
Diesel

There's nothing called Skylight on the ballot. Does it have another name?

nostradavid
nostradavid

"A Morning Stroll" was my personal favorite, followed by "Wild Life" from Canada. If you're betting on the winner, it will probably be "La Luna by Pixar. "The Fantastic Flying Books..." might have a chance - but it is twice as long as anything else.

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