Producer of Spider-Verse responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s animation attack

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Producer of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Chris Miller gives Jimmy Kimmel a hard clap back after Kimmel made a “lazy” joke about animation when he was hosting the 96th Academy Awards. Miller answered Kimmel’s taunt on X, a late-night talk show that launched the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars. While discussing the category, in which Miller’s Across the Spider-Verse was a candidate, Kimmel posed the question, “Please raise your hand if you let your kid fill out this part of the ballot.” Refusing to allow Kimmel to fabricate a false narrative against animation, the co-writer of Across the Spider-Verse asserted that animation is “a medium for people and that medium is film,” and that the joke is “just a reminder a propos of nothing.” After that, Miller said that the “nothing” had to do with Kimmel’s claim that animation is just for children, labelling the joke and cliche as “tired and lazy.”

Miller’s remarks echoes recent statements made by filmmakers of Across the Spider-Verse, Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, on the underappreciation of animation. The three contend that, despite worries about studio meddling and views that it caters mostly to youngsters, animation deserves greater acknowledgment from Hollywood. Powers told Variety that animated films may give the film business a shock and that “I hope the industry understands that animation is important to this entire cinema ecosystem.” Thompson proposed that writers’ and actors’ organisations include animators. A compelling story has been told about “what will save films and when will they return?” In actuality, films won’t return unless animation does as well.” Despite widespread belief that Across the Spider-Verse would win Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron defeated the Marvel blockbuster for the title. Miles Morales from Across the Spider-Verse first voiced his displeasure with the choice, and main actor Shameik Moore went so far as to say the movie was “robbed” of the prize before retracting his statement and apologising, calling him a “sore loser.”

Even though Across the Spider-Verse did not win any Oscars, it has achieved a great deal of success in the current award season. Along with Oscar Isaac, Hailee Steinfeld, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jake Johnson, the star-studded sequel won seven Annie Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award. The movie was nominated for three Golden Globes as well, but The Boy and the Heron won Best Animated Feature at the 81st Golden Globes. After its June release, Across the Spider-Verse became a critical and commercial success, grossing $691 million worldwide. The next Beyond the Spider-Verse, which has previously hinted at a potentially significant plot arc involving Miles, completes the Spider-Verse film trilogy. Due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, Beyond the Spider-Verse was removed from the 2024 calendar and does not have a release window.

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