The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has released its massive list of 12 animated movies that can end up on the short list for the 2013 Golden Globes. Among them: kids who can talk to ghosts, more wacky talking animal adventures, living dead animals, coming-of-age dramas, and Adam Sandler as Dracula, if you can believe it.
We've got the full list of nominees below and our thoughts on the HFPA's picks.
First, off, here's the list:
"Ice Age: Continental Drift"
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
"Rise of the Guardians"
"The Secret World of Arrietty"
"Pirates! Band of Misfits"
"From Up on Poppy Hill"
Let's break 'em down: of the movies above, ten were major 3D releases, two were released outside of the Hollywood studio system (and used traditional animation), six were original creations/non-sequels or adaptations, and only one had a monkey butler. One thing nearly every one has in common: they made big dollars for their respective studio (regardless of whether they were popular with critics). I don't think I've heard a good thing about "Hotel Transylvania," Adam Sandler's second animated feature after "Eight Crazy Nights," and yet here it is.
Good on Ghibli for receiving two possible nominations this year with "From Up on Poppy Hill" and "The Secret of Arrietty," with the former earning Goro Miyazaki his first Golden Globe notice on his second feature.
Some might see this as the year that Disney is competing head-to-head with the "Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" studio, but the way I see it, the new "Star Wars" overlords win no matter which of these two gets picked since both movies have been validated both commercially and critically.
I'm kind of team horror-for-kids with "ParaNorman" and Tim Burton's latest animated foray "Frankenweenie" on the list. Both movies have their (slight) problems, but I'm a sucker for stop motion when it comes to the former and with regards to Burton's dead dog tale, it hits that perfect place of odd and sentimental that the director was once upon a time a pro at nailing.
Five animated films will be nominated when the nominees are announced on Thursday, December 13. The 2013 Golden Globes will air on January 13.