New University Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

In a race between dancing penguins and a scary man-eating house, Disney’s ‘Cars’ is leading the competition for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
Stressing the idea that there is no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ Disney and Pixar did a spectacular job contrasting the differences between living in the fast lane and slowing down to smell the diesel fuel. The animation and graphic design of ‘Cars’ lives up to Pixar’s standards while the story’s message that slow and steady wins the race screams classical Aesop. ‘Cars’ captures the glamour of anthropomorphized inanimate objects for the kids and pulls in adult audiences with nostalgia for make-believe and fantasy. If family fun is the focus of this year’s judging, then ‘Cars’ is ahead of the game with its humor and noble message.