To the delight of nostalgia lovers, Marcel the Sink in the Shoes is officially presented in the Animated Feature category at this year’s 95th Academy Awards. Those of us who have fallen deeply in love with this little shell since its debut in 2010 are thrilled, but also a bit old-fashioned given its long road to awards season. In addition to our new favorite skin films that bring our stop-motion characters into live action, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood and the animated documentary Eternal Spring are also considered appropriate. Executive Committee of the Short and Feature Animated Films Department of the Film Academy.
The Academy Awards selection rules define an animated film as “a film that uses frame-by-frame techniques to create action and characters, usually falling under one of the two main areas of animation: narrative or abstract.” “Animation must make up at least 75% of a film’s runtime, motion capture and real-time puppetry are not animation technologies in and of themselves. In addition, a narrative animated film should have a lot of animation of the main characters.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Linklater’s film, distributed by Netflix, was initially ineligible because his animation technique, known as rotoscoping, did not meet the criteria defined in the category rules, as the process involved filming live performances. Marseille in the Boot also ran into problems because it was a live-action film with stop-motion elements, but after the committee initially rejected it, the decision was overturned based on more material submitted by the producers.
Apparently, the film’s stop-motion technology was enough to save it, as was the rotoscoping of Apollo 10 1/2.As for our little one, Marcel, he felt special to see the film do well at the Oscars. The 2010 short film, also directed by Dean Fleischer Camp and co-written with Marcel’s voice actress Jenny Slate, was a viral hit when it first aired, and the tiny character with a huge heart was instantly captured. like in the movies. This movie shows how powerful good ideas can be, and when they have the right energy behind them, they endure (in this case, Camp and Slater, who were previously married but still work together), but as a story highlights good people who strive to do good out of love for others and love for life. It gives us hope that connection is where we cross impossible chasms, great and small, and reach the other side where new beauty can flourish. Yes, it’s all in the movie about little shells in shoes – but knowing this, Marcel and he are more than a movie or a character. “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” by Camp, Slate and Nick Paley is now available on demand.