There are other animated films nominated for an Oscar tonight, but forget those lame ducks. The two that really matter are Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. One was a heartwarming tearjerker and the other was a throwback to family films from the 80s. Both were great movies that equally deserve the recognition an Oscar brings, so who wins in a throw down battle between the two? Let's break it down!
While a movie's box office gross doesn't determine it's quality, it's still fun to compare sizes.
Frankenweenie: $67 million
ParaNorman: $107 million
Winner: It's pretty clear that ParaNorman pocketed itself a nice little chunk of change, which is surprising since Frankenweeine has that Tim Burton name that brings in quite a bit of money. Uh...usually.
It'd be too hard to analyze every review myself to determine some kind of average, so let's have Rotten Tomatoes do the work.
Frankenweenie: 88% Freshness
ParaNorman: 87% Freshness
Winner: By a 1% margin, Frankenweenie ekes out a victory in this category. This battle, more than any other, outlines why it's anybodies game tonight at the Oscars.
Total Awards Won
While the Oscars may make the biggest splash, it certainly isn't the only awards show in town. In fact, there are dozens of award shows out there that nobody cares about! Lets see how our contenders did.
Frankenweenie: 5 Awards Won
ParaNorman: 10 Awards Won
Winner: While the critical reception was nearly dead even, it seems that the award shows have had a clear favorite. This certainly pushes ParaNorman ahead as a strong contender for the Oscar. Does that mean it's a clear winner? Certainly not, in fact, I think Frankenweenie might take the win for being more of a sentimental piece with nostalgic qualities. However, don't be shocked if it doesn't win, both films have definitely proven they belong at the big show tonight.