The deadline to vote on the 2018 Annie Awards was last night at midnight. And I got my votes in with 24 hours to spare!

ASIFA is the Association Internationale du Film d’ Animation – or in English – The International Animated Film Association. I am fortunate to be a voting member of ASIFA Hollywood. Which means – each year around this time, I’m swamped…watching tons of animation! Definitely, nothing to complain about!

Revolting Rhymes – an outstanding adaptation of Roald Dahl’s twisted fairy tales was a treasure in this year's Annie Award nominations.

— i said that

Not your typical ASIFA member

Let me preface this with an aside.

I’m not your typical ASIFA voting member.
I don’t work for Disney.
I don’t work for Dreamworks Animation.

In fact, I don’t work for any of the large animation studios that are known to influence award results. Do my votes even make a difference? That, I’ll never know. What I do know is that the animations I vote for have talent, skill, creativity – and most of all – story.

Speaking of ‘not-your-typical’…Revolting Rhymes definitely falls into this category. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. This outstanding animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s twisted fairy tales was a treasure buried deep in this year’s Annie Award nominations.

Animated by a Triggerfish – a relatively small South African animation studio, Revolting Rhymes was a monumental achievement.

Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead gem pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with animation that brims over with visual pleasures, comic energy and emotional wallop.

— Peter Travers :: Rolling Stone

Coco :: 2018 Best Animated Feature

Ok, the votes haven’t been tallied – but I would be amazed (and disappointed) if Coco didn’t win the Annie for Best Animated Feature.

To be honest, Coco was leaps ahead of its competitors:
– Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – DreamWorks Animation
– Cars 3 – Pixar Animation Studios
– Despicable Me 3 – Illumination
– The Boss Baby – DreamWorks Animation

While there are some good things to be said about each of these features – except Despicable Me 3 – Coco was in a category of its own.

What made it stand out? Story. The key to any successful feature animation.

Jewel-bright and heart-wrenching

— Sheri Linden :: Hollywood Reporter

Independently speaking...

More often than not, I tend to enjoy many of the nominees for Best Animated Feature-Independent more than the mainstream features.

This year, two independents stood out:
– Loving Vincent – BreakThru Films
– The Breadwinner – Cartoon Saloon

Both were excellent – and I would recommend seeing them. But if you had to pick one, don’t miss The Breadwinner. It is extraordinary.

It hit all cylinders: story, animation, design, education, impact, and humanitarian purpose.

Bruce Demara from the Toronto Star summed it up beautifully:

The Breadwinner is a well-crafted and inspiring story with an important message about female empowerment, embodied in heroic Parvana, something people of all ages should embrace.

In keeping with my goal for this blog, each post to be short and sweet. Easily digestible. Morsel size nuggets With that in mind – it’s a wrap!