AT THE BAFTA ceremony Sunday, animated Scotland came up flush.
Disney/Pixar’s Scotland-set “Brave” won the animated feature film award Sunday night at “the British Oscars” in London, and Edinburgh animator Will Anderson’s “The Making of Longbird” took home the trophy for animated short.
The Oscar-nominated “Brave,” directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews, is set in the Scottish Highlands and features the voice of Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald as Princesss Merida (as well as those of fellow Scottish performers Billy Connolly, Kevin MacKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane). “Brave” reportedly has buoyed Scotland’s tourism.
The Golden Globe-winning “Brave” and the Annie Award-winning ”Wreck-It Ralph” (both overseen by Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter) are widely considered the two leading candidates for the animated-feature Academy Award on Feb. 24.
[BRENDA CHAPMAN on “Brave’s” Oscar nomination]
In “Longbird,” director/star Anderson (who is from the Highlands) wants to finish a project about the long-lost Longbird character (voiced by Vitalij Sicinava); the clever premise toys with its notions of documentary storytelling and “found footage.”
“Longbird” is not, however, up for an Oscar.
“THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD” TRAILER:
[MARK ANDREWS on stepping in to direct “Brave”]