This year’s Oscar nominations have a pretty good crop of hand-drawn animated films in both the shorts and features categories. There are two hand-drawn features, one fully hand-drawn short, and one hand-drawn/CG hybrid. Here’s a little more information:

Hand-Drawn Shorts:


 Feral is a very interesting hand-drawn short film in a painterly style by Daniel Sousa. This is one of those short films that says more in thirteen minutes then most features do in an hour in a half.

I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s excellent and touches on some very interesting themes and is a work of art in and of itself.

 Get a Horse!

Mickey Mouse goes old-school in this fun little hand-drawn/CG hybrid short. Featuring some great hand-drawn animation directed by Eric Goldberg, it really captures the early 1930s Disney style of animation very well in both the hand-drawn and CG segments. It’s definitely worth a watch (in 3D if you can!).

Hand-Drawn Features:

Ernest and Celestine

I saw this wonderful French animated film a few years ago at the CTN Animation Expo at a special screening hosted by GKids (the company dubbing the movie into English) and I loved it.

It’s done in a beautiful watercolor painting style and the story is really great too. It will be getting an English language release and I will be seeing it again and I highly recommend it.

 The Wind Rises

This is supposedly Hayao Miyazaki’s last film. I’ve been a fan of Miyazaki’s works for many years and I’ll certainly miss seeing his wonderful movies in theaters. I haven’t seen this one yet, but it comes out in theaters today, so I’ll definitely check it out and encourage everyone to do the same!

What’s your vote for this years animated feature or animated short? Tell us in the comments!

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James knew that he wanted to do animation from a very early age thanks to his father being an animator at the Walt Disney Studio. When he was in his teens, he took a serious interest in the art of animation and then, finally, in the year 2011 James graduated from Animation Mentor: The Online Animation School with a diploma in Advanced Character Animation Studies. James is currently working for Floyd County Productions on Archer.

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