Sad that the Bear Awards is coming to a close? Me too. So that’s why I decided to end this with the most cheerful little chirpy category of them all. BEST ANIMATTTED FILM!
WOOHOOO *like Mr.Muscle in The Regular Show*
Best animated film, believe it or not, was the toughest category to pick a winner mainly because I couldn’t decide on whether Inside Out or Anomalisa was the better one. On some days, I felt Inside Out’s universal message and inventiveness and all round feel good coming-of-age was the better one. On other days, I thought Anomalisa was the more daring picture, and incorporated life as it is without necessarily providing catharsis that most animated films try to incorporate. It was such a humane film birthed from an uncompromising perspective which could hardly be called a children’s film. Loved both. Right now, as I write, I’m still thinking about my winner, so hopefully I’ll be able to come up with a verdict at the end.
Nominees for the Bear Award:
Anomalisa is a sad tale about the vapidness of life. The film is unconventional in almost every way. It charts the course of Michael’s trip to Cincinnati and his experiences at the Fhegouli hotel where he meets Lisa. Through the course of the movie, you’ll notice the shifting surreal elements at play that work into your mind as it terrorizes and confuses Michael. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s subtle and realistic pauses and sweet singing of ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ by Cyndi Lauper mark her character as a breath of fresh air in a world where people put on masks. In the end, Anomalisa reminds us all how horrifying the mundane can be, and necessarily avoids self-indulgence (which some people think it’s full of) to show how we might chance upon something that could change our lives forever…if only we let it.
Inside Out is one of the best, maybe even the best animation film I’ve seen. Whatever the case, both Anomalisa and Inside Out are two of the best I’ve seen and aren’t just competing for best animated film of the year but also for best animated film of all time. Inside Out is actually a super complex film which some people seem to forget. To truly appreciate the film, you’d have to first understand that the characters like Joy,Sadness,Disgust etc are actually parts of Riley. They aren’t separate entities; They’re her. Of course, it’s a somewhat simplistic representation but that’s kind of the point. In showing Riley when she’s young, her plato’s cave is simply in the stages of opening up. And through her progression through her first year, Riley learns the most important lesson that even adults don’t realize; That sadness is just as important as happiness and even necessary for healthy growth.
The Peanuts Movie
Though it doesn’t match up to the big two above, The Peanuts Movie is such a sweet little ball of fun with a big-heart and a big message. So if the movie can take heart in something, it’s this year’s most adorable film <3…there, all’s good now hehe 🙂 Aside from it’s cutesy voices and characters, and a girl’s attempts to sell philosophical advice for 5 cents or Charlie Brown’s funny but slightly sad misadventures, the film resounds boldly with one message; It doesn’t matter if you get beat in life, you just gotta push on and you’ll eventually get there.
Nominees once more (only 3 because I only watched 3 HAHA)
The Peanuts Movie
This one is the closest race of them all, right down to its finest margins. When the race is this close between Inside Out and Anomalisa, one cannot simply rely on one-to-one comparisons. Both films are vastly different and have different strengths. Ultimately, while Inside Out made me bawl out the most times in a movie (tied with forrest gump!) and it’s psychological lessons of accepting sadness is something that’s just so damn insightful and important, Anomalisa steals my heart. It’s heart-breaking in some ways and utterly compelling in others. Combining the surrealist elements of perception and introducing a ray of sunshine into one man’s life suffocated by ennui, Anomalisa shows us what real life is, what we can do, what we yearn for, mistakes and opportunities that chance upon us – At the end, we’re left to ponder if we can do more to make life more fulfilling.
The Bear Awards have finally come to an end. I hope you like my awards and in case you’ve missed here are all the categories I’ve given my personal nominations for and who I’ve picked for winner. There’s been so many meaningful discussions from this and I really look forward to doing this for years to come!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
These are my top 10 films of the year.