Movie Talk is proud to announce your chance to get in on this year’s awards season and cast your vote for The Best Animated Movie of 2013 in the prestigious Richard Attenborough Film Awards (aka The RAFAs).
That’s right, remember all those moments when a winner was announced at an awards ceremony and you thought ‘Are they serious? But what about….’ Well here’s your chance to fill in that blank.
To make things a little easier, we’ve narrowed the category down to a shortlist of ten movies… All impressive feats of animated magic in their own right. But which one did you think covered all the bases, ticked all your boxes, or simply wowed you the most?
Here’s the shortlist, with our potted intros to jog your memory:
Frozen: Two sisters, one talking snowman and an icy quest to bring summer back to an enchanted kingdom, all gift-wrapped in some sparklingly beautiful animation with a bow made of singalong songs from songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo responsible for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.
Despicable Me 2: The formerly superbad super-dad gets to grips with fatherhood, teen dating, Kristen Wiig’s cute agent and super-baddie El Macho. A despicably delightful return for Steve Carrell’s Gru and his hilarious one-eyed minions.
The Croods: DreamWorks premiere 2013 offering is all about the starry voice cast, with Nicolas Cage as the head of a stone age family, Emma Stone as his feisty teen daughter and Ryan Reynolds as the new guy in her life who invents shoes! The animation’s not half bad either.
Planes: The world of Cars swoops up, up and away with the tale of a crop-duster called, um, Dusty who gets entered into a top-flight air race. But there’s a problem. He’s terrified of heights. ‘For flying out loud!’
Epic: Honey, I Shrunk the Teen. Amanda Seyfried’s intrepid MK gets shrunk to fairy size and ends up in a forest battle of good vs evil, with talking slugs. An animated adventure yarn that’s… well, the clue’s in the title.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: It’s no picnic when Flint and the gang return to Swallow Falls to battle a plague of food monsters created by his malfunctioning machine. Expect to be wowed by a jungle full of Shrimp-anezees, Melaphants and Taco-diles.
Turbo: A garden snail enters the Indy 500… Hmm, a fast and furiously far-out fantasy which gets added points for its multi-cultural voice cast – topped by Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Luis Guzman and Paul Giamatti – and for being possibly the only film featuring Snoop Dogg to have a U rating.
The Smurfs 2: A seamless mix of live-action and little-blue-people animation as the Smurfs team up with Neil Patrick Harris to rescue Katy Perry’s nice Smurfette from evil wizard Gargamel’s naughty new smurfish creations.
Once you’ve made your selection, cast your vote here on the awards site before noon on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.
You can learn more about the Awards and take the opportunity to participate in the other public vote categories on the RAFAS website.
Stay tuned for more in-depth outlines of the nominated films to help you make your choice.