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Big Hero 6, 'Feast' Win Animated Oscars

posted on by Egan Loo

Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli won the Animated Feature Film category at the 87th Academy Awards for Disney's Big Hero 6 on Sunday. The film competed against Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, as well as with The Box Trolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Song of the Sea.

The adventure story revolves around Hiro, a boy who lost his Dear Brother Tadashi in a mysterious accident, and Baymax, a robot developed by Tadashi. The story is set in San Fransokyo, a fictional city that combines the images of San Francisco and Tokyo.

Haruki Ueno (Phi-Brain - Saigo no Puzzle, Exile Monogatari) is drawing a manga adaptation which will end in March, and Yen Press is publishing the manga in North America. The adaptation is the first full-fledged manga series that previewed the actual story from a Disney movie before it opened worldwide. The film also inspired a video by Tekken, a comedian famous for emotional flip-book-style anime shorts.

Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed won the Short Film (Animated) category for Disney's "Feast." The short competed with "The Dam Keeper" by Robert Kondo and Japanese animator Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi (Pixar's Toy Story 3, Monsters University), as well as with "The Bigger Picture," "Me and My Moulton," and "A Single Life." "Feast" played in theaters before Big Hero 6.

The academy gave Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki an honorary Oscar at the Governor's Award ceremony in November. Among the late artists the academy honored in its "In Memoriam" segment on Sunday were actor and comedian Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), actress Lauren Bacall (Howl's Moving Castle), and TOHO and Murakami Wolf Productions animator Jimmy T. Murakami ("The Magic Pear Tree").

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