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Golden Globes Snub Animation

A rant on one Globes' nom.

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 21:12

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(Focus Features)

Golden Globe nominations were announced last week. Who cares, right? The awards don't matter. If a film is good, it is good with or without the gold. Still, it's fun to predict, get excited, get angry, and marvel over the knowledge that people have about films and actors. When it comes to award season, I am only interested in animation and possible Matt Damon sightings, really. And the former is the one I get really riled up over the most.

I went to the movies ten times this year, the most, I think, in my short life. I saw every major animated film, nine in total, and The Dark Knight Rises. 2012 was a solid year for animation. In a perfect world, they would all win. By they, I mean Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians, ParaNorman, and Madagascar 3. Yes, Madagascar 3. Praise Afro Circus’ light.

But the Golden Globes have it so wrong. They snubbed ParaNorman in favor of Hotel Transylvania, which was totally mediocre. I can count on one hand all the good things about it. Animation, character designs, Steve Buscemi as the Wolfman, and the striped leggings worn by young Mavis. Four in total and none of them include story or writing, which makes or breaks any film. But what can I say about ParaNorman? Now I am biased because I love creepy morbid things and I am totally into ghoulish adventure. ParaNorman is a film that gets ugly and gross, what with all those rotting zombie parts flying in your face, but it still maintains a sweetness.

Hotel T had the potential to be a great film, because the idea behind it was original and interesting. But here is what that movie did: took a bunch of classic, iconic monsters and turned them into wimpy caricatures that are really just misunderstood and only want to get away from the real monsters, us humans. ParaNorman is about the struggle real children and teenagers face: being mocked, ridiculed, and bullied, not only by the kids at school, but within their own families as well. Norman is a boy who can speak to the dead and his only friend is the ghost of his grandmother. Take that, as well as themes of acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, and renunciation of revenge and you have a beautiful story that matches up with the animation. The good parts of Hotel T got muddled with all those fart jokes. Because, after all, it is a kids movie and the humor has to insult them, you know?

It might be that animation is hardly ever taken seriously because movies like this one get so much recognition. It is hard to imagine a worthy animated film ever winning Best Picture when it is up against failures like that.

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