(UPDATED: DECEMBER 11, 2014)
National Board of Review chose “How to Train Your Dragon 2” while New York Film Critics Circle picked “The LEGO Movie” but it also won Original Screenplay at NBR. It could be a runaway but Disney is putting up their gloves with “Big Hero 6,” a film that could come into play in the latter part of the season. “The Boxtrolls” is also a dark horse having just scored the most Annie nominations. Question is, who gets that fifth spot? GKIDS has two gems in their pocket with “Song of the Sea” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” but “Cheatin’” is gorgeous animation if enough voters see it.
FOR IT: So many people, including myself, were surprised by how good the film turned out to be. The animation, story, and voice talent stands out as one of the best films of the first half of the year. NYFCC winner.
AGAINST IT: That February release date is SOOOO early, plus, the film is already on Blu-Ray/DVD. Will voters remember it?
FOR IT: The Disney train is a never stopping machine that will continue to push for their films. Promising first trailer. With Pixar out of the mix this year, they may be able to continue their success following "Frozen" last year.
AGAINST IT: It could have big competition coming from "The Lego Movie" and "How to Train Your Dragon" which both have many admirers.
FOR IT: There were many admirers of the first film, which garnered an Academy Award nomination. Critics and audiences seem to like this just as much, if not, better. NBR winner.
AGAINST IT: Personally speaking, it doesn't live up to the first film however, it's nowhere near a failure. "Toy Story 3" is the only sequel to win the Animated Feature Oscar without winning for the original, and the category wasn't in existence at that time.
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