Here are the winners of the 2nd Annual Big Screen Animation Awards, my way of recognizing the best achievements in animation of 2012. Congratulations to all the winners. (For my non-animated selections, see here.)
Basically the same deal as last year, only there are no top three contenders in each category (there were no real close calls), and a few categories have been eliminated. Please feel free to agree with all of my choices in comments.
Wreck-It Ralph is not only Disney's best CG animated picture to do date; it's the first one good enough to beat Pixar on every level. Appealing characters, killer script, and rich environments, masterfully helmed by Rich Moore in his feature directorial debut. A classic whether you care about gaming or not.
At only one minute long, this direct-to-YouTube short was the funniest of the year. Perfectly timed with an interesting animation style. Bonus points for the message: Sometimes, it's not worth being right.
Although the movie's songs were pretty horrendous (the under-six crowd may disagree), John Powell's compositions for The Lorax, particularly the tracks named above, make it the clear winner.
Yeah, Vanellope can be annoying—she's a glitch after all. But after a while, she begins to grow on you. That's largely thanks to Sarah Silverman's unique performance, which brought a lot of warmth to the character, especially in the final act.