Friday Roundup: The Best Animation of 2016Shawn Forno 12.30.2016
You’ve made it. This is the last IdeaRocket post of 2016! This year was huge for animation—27 animated feature films are nominated for Academy awards. 27. Just think about how far animated feature films have come since Beauty and the Beast got the nod in 1992. It’s incredible.
So to get you excited for award season (and the rest of 2017!) here’s a look at a few of our recent posts (including some work from Academy Award nominees), and some of the best animated feature films of 2016. Enjoy and have a Happy New Year!
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The Best Animation of 2016: Zootopia, Kubo Two Strings, and 25 Others!
2016 was the truly the year of animation. Zootopia quietly came along and dismantled the “unbeatable” box office numbers of the Frozen juggernaut, but what’s more interesting than the box office gross is the critical acclaim.
Nominated for a Golden Globe, 11 Annie Awards (the animated equivalent of the Oscars), and Best Animated Feature at the actual Academy awards (alongside 22 other animated films), it’s no wonder Zootopia is a hit. Brilliant animation, compelling storytelling, and a message everyone can rally behind, Zootopia is a smash, and should do “swimmingly” during award season—even against Finding Dory. Oh, and Zootopia has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. No biggie.
But the great animation this year doesn’t end with Disney.
From Oregon-based studio Laika (yeah, OREGON BASED), Kubo and the Two Strings is an absolutely stunning stop motion animation. The care and detail that went into the sets, armature, and character design of this masterpiece are revolutionary, and up the bar for stop motion efforts from major studios and independents alike. Kubo is a visceral reminder of the transportive beauty of practical effects done right and the whimsy of professional, passionate stop motion animation.
2016 was a fascinating year for animation in every medium, from VR to stop-motion, animation techniques and storytelling progressed at an unprecedented rate in 2016. Critical acclaim and fan favorites, like The Jungle Book live action reimagining brought CGI and animation techniques into unprecedented fusion with real life actors has ensured that 2017 has a lot in store for animation fans.
2016 left a mark on the animation landscape. Hopefully 2017 can live up to its predecessor.
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2016 has been an awesome year for animation, but we’re excited to see what’s in store for the world of animation in 2017. Stay tuned for more animation news, culture, and video marketing tips every week!