Walt Disney Animation Studios is one of the most well-known studios in the industry – its catalog of films is packed with an incredible number of great films. However, after the 1990s, when Disney Animation experienced its “renaissance,” the studio for years struggled to find a film that connected with both audiences and critics alike. The Princess and The Frog and Bolt provided glimmers of hope, and now the studio is on a bona-fide roll, accentuated by its two Oscar wins tonight!
The studio released two projects in 2014 – Big Hero 6 and Feast. Both were released in theaters together and enjoyed much success at the box office. Just recently, the box office take for Big Hero 6 crossed $219 million in the U.S. and Canada, enough to make it the studio’s third biggest hit after The Lion King and Frozen. Worldwide, the film is its fourth biggest, after the two aforementioned films and Tangled.
At tonight’s Oscars ceremony, both Big Hero 6 and Feast were crowned winners, allowing Disney to sweep the Animation categories. Here were the nominees:
Best Animated Short Film
- THE BIGGER PICTURE – Daisy Jacobs & Christopher Hees
- THE DAM KEEPER – Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi
- FEAST – Patrick Osborne & Kristina Reed
- ME AND MY MOULTON – Torill Kove
- A SINGLE LIFE – Joris Oprins
Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year
- BIG HERO 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams & Roy Conli
- THE BOXTROLLS – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable & Travis Knight
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – Dean Deblois & Bonnie Arnold
- SONG OF THE SEA – Tomm Moore & Paul Young
- THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA – Isao Takahata & Yoshiaki Nishimura
Both categories were not easy wins for Disney, with The Dam Keeper and How To Train Your Dragon 2 being strong contenders as well. The wins only solidify the renewed strength of Walt Disney Animation Studios. It has officially become the studio to beat at the Oscars.
Congratulations to Feast and Big Hero 6, their directors Patrick Osborne, Don Hall, and Chris Williams, as well as all of the employees at Disney Animation!
Here is a great image from artist Jerrod Maruyama celebrating the two films: