Sunday, January 20, 2013

2012 Big Screen Animation Awards—Winners


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.

For the second year in a row, a disgusting old man wins the honor. Pixar's character design on Dingwall was brilliant: just the right mix of comic distortion and photorealism, with not a hint of uncanny valley creepiness. Although a relatively minor character, every appearance was priceless.


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.

12 comments:

BenZ97 said...

All big mistakes, except for Lord Dingwall. Sorry, but Brave deserves to have at least gotten the Best Music category and Best Feature, and a huge mistake on the Best Short...

Anonymous said...

And next year, he'll be giving it to Despicable Me 2.

NATSU said...

Awesome choice with Lord Dingwall... :D

Anonymous said...

Ben, have u seen wreck-it ralph?

RiddleMeThis said...

"Please feel free to agree with all of my choices in comments." Thou hast made sarcasam an art form, So I salute you sir.

Amy said...

Not biased much are we, Ben?

A couple of Brave's characters were wonderfully done, (have to agree with Lord Dingwall) but story-wise and such it was overrrated.

Gray Catbird said...

Lord Dingwall ? I didn't expect that one.

Anonymous said...

Wildebeast beat out Paperman, are you serious? I must say, 2012 was not a very good year for animation. Sure, Wreck-it-Ralph was a good movie...but there was nothing exceptional this year. Unless you count The Secret World of Arrietty, which was technically a 2010 film...

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that you recognized Wreck-It was better than Brave, being the fan boy you are.

BenZ97 said...

Anonymous, and Amy:
I can express my opinion just as much as you have. All I'm saying is that I think it should have gone to Brave.

Mike Bastoli said...

Anonymous #3: Yes, I'm serious.

Anonymous said...

I think that Brave should have gotten best original score. I own the album, and it is brilliant.