What Will Be Become In Animated

The most fascinating — and startling — category was animated feature film when nominations were announced this week for the 84th Academy Awards. “The Adventures of Tintin” – which won the Golden Globe in that category – wasn’t nominated at all.

 As did two international entries — “Chico &Rita” and “A Cat in Paris” – that present vibrant adventures with a classic hand-drawn approach, instead, Gore Verbinski’s old West adventureRango” made the list. Rounding out the category were two DreamWorks Animation releases, “Puss in Boots” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and don’t think for a minute that went over well at the Emeryville headquarters of Pixar.

There was still hope that it would bring home the automatic Oscar nomination that has become a Pixar tradition though “Cars 2″ didn’t win over critics. No one was happier about the nominations than Guillermo del Toro, who is now working closely with DreamWorks Animation on its projects.