In my fisking of Variety’s pre-advertising for next year’s Oscars, I made this prediciton about Wes Anderson’s film Isle of Dogs:
See? There’s already a ghetto for cartoons. “Dogs” will get nominated for this, and then lose to something Italian that gets a limited release in New York for a week.
And that was before Wes Anderson’s movie was declared “problematic” by the problematic-declarers.
Well, it’s not Italian, but here’s the film that’s going to win the Best Animated Film Oscar
“Another Way of Life” chronicles the graphic, harrowing and near-hallucinatory experiences during the 1975 Angolan civil war that drove Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński to write the book that forged his literary reputation. The animation-live action hybrid film wowed attendees at an industry gathering last month at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie event, where 15 minutes of footage was shown at a sneak-peek screening. Attendees were impressed with the mix of animation, live-action cutaways, archive footage and contemporary interviews.
Post-modern, harrowing, and foreign? Just give it the Oscar now, so Kimmel can riff a little more about how much he hates Mike Pence.
I don’t know how well Dogs is doing at box office, but that’s probably all Anderson will get out of it.