Oscars 2022: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Oscars 2022: Best Animated Feature Predictions
A hand-drawn aesthetic permeates this season’s two early Oscar frontrunners: Netfix/Sony’s “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” the hilarious family road trip through the robot apocalypse, and Pixar’s “Luca,” the gentle coming of age story about two sea monsters becoming human on the Italian Riviera. Both are quirky, personal stories and exceptionally animated with a retro appeal.

Oscar-winning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) shepherded newbie director Mike Rianda’s wild 2D-inspired vision, and Sony Pictures Imageworks upped its innovative tech to make a moving illustrated book, divided between the organic imperfections of the human world and the slick, sharpness of the robot world. Nerdy teenage filmmaker Katie (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) and nature-loving dad, Rick (voiced by Danny McBride), are constantly at odds but must unite with their family to combat an AI uprising led by menacing, Siri-like Pal (voiced by Olivia Colman
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