I say, when the time comes, do the right thing -- put "WALL-E" up for the Best Picture nomination it so richly deserves. To be sure, the strategy entails risk. While a Best Animated Feature nomination would almost certainly bring a Best Animated Feature Oscar -- I mean no disrespect to other contenders, it's just that "WALL-E" is playing its own game by its own rules -- a bid for Best Picture might not end in Academy-sanctioned victory. But a champion mustn't be kept from competing with other champions. Such a dazzling light shouldn't be hidden beneath a splintering bushel.He also discusses some of the other top notch animation that's going on right now and gives some love to one of my favorites, Hayao Miyazaki. His most famous work is probably 'Spirited Away' which won the Best Animated in 2002. (My favorite was 'Princess Mononoke' but I've seen just about all of his studio's, called Ghibli, main releases.)
The styles of the two studios are different. Pixar movies have better humor, more mainstream stories and more heart. Ghibli movies have more complicated plots, interesting twists and are utterly gorgeous to look at. Outstanding movies from both, and I'd put them up against the very best of the classic Disney films.