Oscar Contenders: 2013 Edition
Until the list of films officially qualified for a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination is revealed, hold off on reserving those coveted slots for dazzling big-studio blockbusters: there’s quite a few eclectic treasures from around the globe which may y
The annual face off between major Hollywood toon blockbusters and independent efforts makes for another nail-biting Best Animated Feature race this year.
Escape from Planet Earth
Studio: Rainmaker Entertainment (Canada) Director: Cal Brunker Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: February 15 Box Office: $71 million [$57 million domestic] Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27% Synopsis: The E.T. encounter trope is flipped on its head in this CG comedy adventure, which finds planet Baab’s finest astronaut (Brendan Fraser) captured during a dangerous mission to Earth, leaving it up to his nerdy brother (Rob Corddry) to save the day. The Odds: Rainmaker delivered a high-quality product with slick design work and animation, plus an A-list cast that also featured Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William Shatner. The Academy will have to decide whether the tale is original enough to stand out from the major studio CG efforts the Canuck flick tried to match.