Kye and I watched Guillermo del Torro's Pinocchio the other night. It will stand as one of the greatest achievements in filmmaking, just watch. It's stunning and affecting, a reinvention of the classic children's tale, one that in the end refuses to reward conformity but rather independence of thought and action--a message more desperately needed today than in any other time in human history. Going along and getting along is literally destroying this planet as I write this. Not rocking the boat is as well. More than ever, our species' survival needs rebels and boatrockers, people unwilling to settle for the status quo or weepy for a rose-tinted past that never existed. Pinocchio has been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but that, as many commentators have said, is nowhere near enough recognition. It should be a solid contender for the Best Picture Oscar *period,* end of discussion. That it isn't is just more evidence that these awards are fatally corrupted. That's hardly news to Asian, Black, or Indigenous filmmakers. I'm sure animators feel the same way, and rightfully so.