Taking a look at the best animated and documentary features nominated for an Oscar ahead of the Feb. 26 telecast of the awards show, which will air on ABC at 8 p.m.

The nominees for best animated feature are:

A Cat in ParisAlain GagnolJean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & RitaFernando TruebaJavier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2Jennifer Yuh
Puss in BootsChris Miller
RangoGore Verbinski

 “From all of the nominated animated features, I’ve only seen Rango and Puss in Boots. It was a weak year, granted, but what about Rio? Anyway, I’d go with Rango for this one. A depressed chameleon reciting Shakespeare? Anytime.” – Radina Papukchieva

“Pixar’s 2011 film was Cars 2. Why the studio decided to make a sequel to the worst movie in their repertoire is beyond me: Pixar wasn’t even nominated in the category this year. Rango is one of only a handful of Johnny Depp films I could sit through (Sleepy Hollow, Finding Neverland and Edward Scissorhands being the others). It was fantastically animated that was clever, funny and sweet. Kung Fu Panda 2 was gorgeously animated, and Puss in Boots was actually a lot less obnoxious than I thought it would be. Still, I want to reward originality, so I’m going to pick Rango, which has obviously more popular and seen than Chico & Rita and A Cat in Paris. I did love Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, though, and that seems like a snub.” – Chris Hanna

The nominees for best documentary feature are:

Hell and Back AgainDanfung DennisMike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontMarshall CurrySam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: PurgatoryJoe BerlingerBruce Sinofsky
PinaWim WendersGian-Piero Ringel
UndefeatedDaniel LindsayT.J. MartinRich Middlemas

“I have this terrible habit of putting off the watching of documentaries. I only saw The Cove last August. I of course loved it, but for some reason only got around to watching it then. I do enjoy documentaries. Real life is often more interesting and dramatic than fiction. The problem with documentaries, though, is access. Too often, their limited release means they will never be shown in Montreal. So I wait for their DVD release, or when they become available on Netflix. From what I hear, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is the favourite. I apologize for not being more helpful.” – Chris Hanna 

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