Animation Fall Preview 2010
The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics, Dec. 25)
Many predictors have at least two of the slots for Oscar's Best Animated Feature locked with Toy Story 3 and this film. Sylvain Chomet follows up his Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville with this ode to comic legend Jacques Tati. Based on an unproduced Tati script, the film follows a vaudeville performer who fears his brand of entertainment is becoming a relic of the past. Chomet casts an animated Tati in the lead role and pays loving tribute to the master in every aspect of the performance. The entire idea of the production highlights the ideas that animation can explore that would take legions of visual effects artists and hundreds of millions of dollars to even attempt. Many supporters of the film believe this is the film that deserves to win the Oscar.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.