dir. Chris Williams, Byron Howard, USA, 2008, 103'
This time, in choosing from among the ranks of classic animal protagonists, the filmmakers have taken a liking to Bolt, the dog. He lives with the notion that he can maintain his superhero qualities even outside his reality show studio. A similar idea has appeared in the cinemas already (The Truman Show, 1998); Bolt seems to represent its animated parody.
dir. Shane Acker, USA, 2009, 79'
Lasting but a few minutes, the successful short film 9 (Oscar nomination) inspired Shane Acker to make a feature-length animated film and to revive the dystopia genre. He was assisted in his ambitious plan by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch) and the renowned Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd).
dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, USA, 2008, 89'
The celebrities of Madagascar are back: the lion, the zebra, the giraffe and the hippo! After their adventures in the wild, they board a plane piloted by penguins which is to take them back to the New York zoo.
dir. Adam Elliot, Australia, 2009, 89'
Australian director Adam Elliot has earned wide recognition, primarily for his short-length film Harvie Krumpet. With its tragicomic plasticene protagonist, the film has brought him numerous awards, crowned by an Oscar. Mary and Max is Elliot's feature-length debut.