Originally Posted by DRDISNEYMD
~Brave did not deserve the Oscar last year -- like Merida's mom was really going to remain a stupid bear forever.
Ah, c'mon, Brave
doesn't deserve to be singled out for this criticism; even the best kid's movies don't make you worry about things not turning out all right. I believed Elanor would remain a bear for about as long as I believed Anna's heart would remain frozen (and that scene in Frozen
was very reminiscent of the similar penultimate scene in Brave
). But I agree wholeheartedly that Wreck It Ralph
was a better movie than Brave
(but I think that was a much narrower gap than the one this year between Frozen
and everything else), and Pixar exhausted the goodwill and enormous benefit of the doubt that they typically get from the Academy. It wasn't a good year for them to put out a fun but uninspiring sequel (or prequel) like Monsters University
Originally Posted by ChoppityChops
I think the problem is that the pool is too small to draw from. I'd almost like to see the award every 3rd year of something like that. It's like "hey, there were 5 major animated films, so we'll nominate all but one, and then pick which was the best, when in reality the best was a B+". They grade some of these smaller categories on a curve. And when you have a bunch of B-quality films, it almost doesn't matter which you nominate.
I think that's true in general, not just for animated features. Usually there are at least a couple of animated features that deserve to be in the discussion, but not this year.