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

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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.

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