Pixar’s “Coco” gave the Disney division cause to celebrate again today, after a week of John Lasseter sexual harassment bad news.
Not only is it a big (not huge, just big) box office hit. But the stage has been set for the film collecting what used to be known as the Obligatory Annual Pixar Oscar — best animated feature film. “Coco” leads the Animated “Annie” nominations, which were announced today, collecting nine nods, including best picture.
I had thought, with this year’s crop of weak animated features (“The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants” were cute, the latest “Lego” movie a let-down, “Despicable 3” and “Cars 3” barely watchable at all) that there’d be room in this field for films off the beaten animated feature path.
“In this Corner of the World,” an anime period piece set in WWII Japan, and the gorgeous Van Gogh brushstroked “Loving Vincent” could have made that field, and may yet flesh out the Oscar nominations (if the effort is made). Here, both adventurous, lovely films are relegated to “indie” status and compete with each other, and not with Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony Animation et al.
“Kong,” “Valerian,” “Game of Thrones” “and, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” picture collected deserved recognition, too.
The half-hearted Xmas film, “The Star,” the “Lego Ninjago Movie” and “My Little Pony” piffle weren’t even acknowledged, upsetting Bronies the world over.