The First Ever Fully Painted Film


Loving Vincent is a fully animated film about the life of Vincent van Gogh.  Through a crowdfunding campaign the, the Polish Film Institute trained professional oil painters to paint every frame of the film.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh. Created by 115 painters. Sounds impressive and it is except in reality the film was shot with real actors and then each frame was then painted over. Sort of a paint by numbers this. Still, a huge achievement in film and the finished product looks stunning.


A Record 27 Animated Films Compete for an Oscar

It was already announced that a record 145 documentaries are competing for an Oscar this year. We now know the record 27 animated films competing this year. The Best Animated Feature category is unique in that at least 16 films have to qualify to get up to 5 nominations. If we take a look at the top 22 money makers of the year, 6 of them are animated features. Finding Dory is the highest grossing movie of the year so far and likely to stay that way. Box office gross only plays a small part in winning an Oscar, but Finding Dory’s $486 million is hard to ignore. 

Here is the full list of submissions:

The Angry Birds Movie
April and the Extraordinary World
Finding Dory
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Long Way North
Miss Hokusai
Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Mustafa & the Magician
My Life as a Zucchini
Phantom Boy
The Red Turtle
Sausage Party
The Secret Life of Pets
25 April
Your Name.

Trailer for Animated Feature Sing

The Animated Feature category is all but a lock for Finding Dory. Other possible nominees are Zootopia, The Red Turtle, The Little Prince, Kubo and the Strings and Trolls and Sausage Party for that matter. Sing may not make it to the Oscar race, but with a family-friendly December 21st release date, it will make a ton of money.


Thanks to AwardsDaily, here are the official animated features that were submitted for Oscar consideration.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”


“Ernest and Celestine”

“The Fake”

“Free Birds“



“The Legend of Sarila”

“A Letter to Momo”

“Monsters University”

“O Apóstolo”


“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”

“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”

“The Smurfs 2”


“The Wind Rises”



The motion picture academy announced that 21 films have been submitted for consideration in the Academy Awards’ animated feature category.

This is the most submissions ever in this category. There needed to be 16 or more eligible films to have 5 nominations. There is little question that 5 will make the cut. Here is the complete list of submissions:

Adventures in Zambezia


Delhi Safari

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax


From Up on Poppy Hill

Hey Krishna

Hotel Transylvania

Ice Age Continental Drift

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

The Mystical Laws

The Painting


The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Rabbi’s Cat

Rise of the Guardians

Secret of the Wings

Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas

Wreck-It Ralph



Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.