Twenty-one animated features, ranging alphabetically from Adventures in Zambezia to Zarafa, have been submitted for Academy Award consideration. Under Academy rules, since there are more than 16 films submitted, a maximum of five films may be nominated when nominees are announced Jan. 10.
This year’s submissions include entries from major animation houses like Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Rise of the Guardians, Fox/Blue Sky Studio’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, Universal/Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Sony Animation’s Hotel Translyvania and Focus/Laika’s ParaNorman.
The entries also include a bumper crop of indie and foreign-made animated efforts. Adventures in Zambezia, for example, hails from South Africa and its characters are birds that live near Africa’s Victoria Falls. Zarafa is a French-made film about a young boy who escapes slave traders and befriends a giraffe.
The submissions will be reviewed by the Academy’s animation branch to determine that they have met all the eligibility requirements and will be viewed by a screening committee or committees which will rate each film on a score of six to ten. Those movies rating an average score of 7.5 will be eligible for nomination.
Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements before they can advance in the voting process. Films submitted for animated feature may also qualify for Oscars in other categories, including best picture, provided they meet the requirements in those categories.
The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:
Adventures in Zambezia
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
From Up on Poppy Hill
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi’s Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas