Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vote for Your Animated Favorites at the Oscars!

With the 83rd Annual Academy Awards coming this weekend, creators of the varous animated nominees, both long-form and short, wait with baited breath to hear those infamous words..."And the Oscar goes to..."  We invite you to vote for your favorites right here on our official MAPA poll in the sidebar to the right.

Here are the nominees for the Animated categories:

Best Animated Feature Film:

How to Train Your Dragon
Synopsis: The island of Berk and its Viking inhabitants have long been plagued by dragons. When Hiccup, the diminutive young son of the Viking leader, comes of dragon-fighting age, he unexpectedly befriends a young dragon and fast discovers it is better to communicate with, rather than fight against, the creatures.

The Illusionist
Synopsis: When Monsieur Tatischeff, a French nightclub magician, takes an engagement in Scotland, he befriends a young girl working in the pub where he performs. An act of kindness on Tatischeff's part leads the innocent Alice to believe he is truly magical, and she follows him to his next job in Edinburgh.

Toy Story 3
Synopsis: As Andy prepares to leave for college, his toys face an uncertain future now that the little boy who played with them is growing up. Their problems seem to be solved when they are donated.

Best Animated Short:

Day & Night
Synopsis: When Day and Night meet, their mutual suspicion and jealousy give rise to an escalating competition.
The Gruffalo
Synopsis: A tiny mouse goes for a walk in the forest and must outwit a fox, an owl, and a snake.
Let's Pollute
Synopsis: The time-honored tradition of polluting is examined in a parody of educational science films from the 1950s and 1960s.
The Lost Thing
Synopsis: A young boy finds a strange creature on the beach and decides to find it a home.
Magascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)
Synopsis: A European traveler records his efforts to come to terms with the unfamiliarity of Madagascan culture.
The 83rd Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 27, 2011 8/5p on ABC.

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