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CalArts Dominates 2019 Best Animated Feature Oscar Category

Three Oscar-nominated animated features – ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ were directed or co-directed by CalArts alumni.

VALENCIA, CA -- Everything you need to know about alums of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the Oscars:

  • Best Animated Feature nominees Incredibles 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Ralph Breaks the Internet were directed or co-directed by CalArts alumni
  • CalArts alumni have won 11 Best Animated Feature Oscars.
  • Box office revenue from films directed by CalArts Character and Experimental Animation Program alumni is more than $46 billion dollars (click here for infographic)

This year’s “Calartian” Oscar contenders: Two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (Ratatouille) helmed Pixar Animation Studios’ Incredibles 2. Looking towards his second Oscar, Rich Moore (Zootopia) co-directed Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet. And Bob Persichetti co-directed Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Past winners: Last year, Coco, co-directed by first-time feature director and CalArts graduate Adrian Molina (with Lee Unkrich), won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Earlier award-winning films from alumni directors include The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007) directed by Brad Bird; Finding Nemo (2003) and Wall-E (2008) by Andrew Stanton; Brave (2012) by alumni duo Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman; Pete Docter’s Up (2009); Frozen by alumnus Chris Buck (with Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho); Inside Out (2015) by Pete Docter (with Jonas Rivera), and Zootopia (2016) by alumnus Rich Moore (with Byron Howard and Clark Spencer).

CalArts is ranked #1 one among the Top 50 Animation Programs in the U.S. by Animation Career Review. Its Experimental and Character Animation programs are unrivaled in the world -- educating successive generations of filmmakers who define the industry.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.

Source: California Institute of the Arts