PHOTOS: GKIDS aims to return as an Oscar contender
Last Oscar season, upstart New York film distributor GKIDS surprised many in the animation world by collecting two of the five nominations in the animated feature category — for the foreign-produced movies "Chico & Rita" (Spain) and "A Cat in Paris" (France). It was an impressive showing for a tiny, young company going up against such industry giants as Disney and DreamWorks Animation.
This year GKIDS qualified four upcoming movies in the Oscar race with a one-week theatrical run in Burbank in November — and will attempt, again, to win over the academy's animation branch with 2-D style, foreign-made films that feel far from Hollywood studio fare.
"It's excruciatingly difficult to make these movies," said GKIDS President Eric Beckman. "But it's a particularly rich crop for independent animation this year." Here's an overview of their releases:
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'The Rabbi's Cat'( GKIDS / December 4, 2012 )
Adapted from a series of graphic novels by Joann Sfar and co-directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, this Algiers-set French comedy follows a rabbi whose cat swallows the family parrot — and starts to talk. Told in the style of old-fashioned, hand-drawn animation, the quirky story deals in philosophical themes — the feline reads Stendhal and asks for a bar mitzvah so he can marry the rabbi's daughter. "The setup is humorous and ingenious," Beckman said. "And it's so beautifully lined, with intricate cross-hatching." Release date: Jan. 18.