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So far it's been good for Disney this awards season, and now Pixar joins in on the celebration because Brave has officially won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture of 2012! It was up against Wreck-it Ralph, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, Hotel Transylvania, and Frankenweenie

Are you surprised? Happy? Disappointed? Did you expect Brave to win, or were you expecting Wreck-it Ralph or ParaNorman?

Do you think this gives us a good hint at who will win the coveted Oscar? Since Ralph won the Critic's Choice Award instead of this, do you think it's now completely up in the air? Discuss, my pretties, discuss! :D
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 This year was extremely fruitful for Disney, both financially and critically (even when one discounts the wild success of Marvel's The Avengers) as Pixar's Brave, Frankenweenie, and finally Wreck-it Ralph pulled in positive reviews from critics and cold, hard cash from audiences, with only Frankenweenie failing to make a profit. Wreck-it Ralph alone broke a Disney record, having brought the company its most successful opening weekend for any Animated Canon movie ever. 

Now, as 2012 wraps up, all three of Disney's newest animated movies are being honored with Annie Award nominations. All three films pulled in Best Animated Feature nominations and numerous others, earning Disney 27 separate nominations in total for film categories only, the most for any single studio. Dreamworks, which has hit a financial hard point with weak stock performance due to its projected $50 million loss for Rise of the Guardians, is in second place with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature for Guardians.

Other competitors for Best Animated Feature include ParaNorman, Hotel Transylvania, Pirates! Band of Misfits, and GKIDS Studios' The Rabbi's Cat

Paperman, the short film that intricately blended traditional and CG animation and played before Wreck-it Ralph, has also been nominated for Best Animated Short

The Annie Awards also gives recognition for achievements in storyboarding, video games, television shows, and much more. In non-film categories, Disney has also received nominations including some for Motorcity, Tron: Uprising, and Gravity Falls.

For a complete list of Annie Award nominees for animated productions, please click here.

So tell me, what do you think of Disney's performance this year? Do you think 2013 will be better? On a side note, are you surprised that Rise of the Guardians is performing so poorly at the box office despite very good critical reviews? Did any of the nominations surprise you? Discuss, my pretties, discuss!
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 From Box Office Mojo:

"Wreck-It Ralph easily took first place with an estimated $49.1 million, which is the highest opening weekend ever for a Disney Animation movie ahead of Tangled's $48.8 million (though that burnt off demand with a Wednesday debut). It was also up on 2005's Chicken Little ($40.1 million), albeit on slightly lower attendance. However, despite giving off a strong Pixar vibe (Toy Story for videogames, essentially), Ralph fell short of Pixar's $60 million standard, which reinforces just how strong that brand is in the world of animation." 

Ray Subers, the writer of this article, attribute's Ralph's excellent opening weekend to "the 
fact that it was broadly appealing in concept and execution". 

In addition to financial success, this movie is also enjoying modest critical success with a eighty-four percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a stellar four and a half out of five stars for Cinema Blend, which also encourages potential viewers to splurge and see the movie in 3D. 

"I immediately want a sequel to Wreck-it Ralph." 

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As you may already know, Wreck-it Ralph premiered in the United States last Friday, November 2nd 2012 and the reviews are rolling in for this highly anticipated flick set in multiple gaming worlds. Disney Examiner, a fan-run news journal, has posted a spoiler-free review on their website for those debating on whether to see the movie as part of their "Fall Flicks" reviews.

According to the review, Wreck-it Ralph is a definite winner, telling a compelling story "by utilizing the concept of video games" instead of simply relying on only  the game references themselves to carry the film. The movie, in their book, is both lots of fun in terms of comedy but also very emotional and serious at times.

"Disney made us cry. And the DE team that watched it with me consisted of all guys. That says a lot, folks and in this case, it was a good thing."

As for non-video game fans, fear not, for the Disney Examiner team also assures that the film is still enjoyable for those not into gaming.

Have you seen Wreck-it Ralph? Is it worth seeing? Post what you thought in the comments (squeeing is totally acceptable), but be sure to WARN FOR SPOILERS IN THE COMMENT TITLE IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A SPOILERY REVIEW.  

If you haven't seen Wreck-it Ralph, feel free to let out some excitement here, as well. ;)


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