“Steamboat Willie” (see above) was a landmark event in the history of film animation. It was the first time Mickey Mouse (or any other cartoon) had synchronized sound and image. Silent animation’s time was up. Disney studios became an empire. Its production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) brought in over $400 million (worldwide). Other successes would follow.
Animated cartoons continued production. And in 2001, Academy Awards were given, for the first time, to the Best Animated Feature Film of the year. Since then, the Disney Animation Studios have won Oscars in that category 3 times. Their winners were: Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia. Five other studios have also won the award. One of my favorite animated films (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) was produced by Aardman Animations (in England). Even Tim Burton gone a couple nominations for Best Animated Feature for his work. One was for another favorite of mine: Frankenweenie. (see below) (Yes, it was about a dog. No surprise there.)
But the big winner in this category has been Pixar. In the 16 years that Academy Awards have been given to the year’s best Animated Feature film, Pixar has been in the spotlight more often than anyone. They have received 11 nominations for Best Feature and have won an Oscar 9 times! These achievements have far surpassed any other film studio. Their 9 winning films were: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up (my favorite), Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, Coco (see below).
Up (see below) featured my favorite animated character (Dug, the dog, who could talk –thanks to a special collar he wore). He and everyone else who has helped produce Pixar’s 20 animated films have brought in (for the company) a total of $ 13,149,500,000!!
It looks like –when it comes to producing Academy Award winning Animated Feature Films—the new dynasty, surpassing Disney and everyone else, is: Pixar! Surprise!
PS = What has been YOUR favorite Pixar film?