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BREAKING: Record-Breaking 27 Animated Features Submitted For 2017 Oscars

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category of the 89th Academy Awards.

The number of qualifying films is remarkable compared to last year when just 16 films were submitted, and 2014 when 20 films were submitted. (It should be noted that a record-breaking number of animated short films were also submitted to the Academy this year.)

The animated feature category has been won by the Walt Disney Company for eight of the last nine years, raising serious concerns about the legitimacy of the category and the qualifications (or lack thereof) of those who judge the award.

The submitted features in 2016, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Angry Birds Movie
April and the Extraordinary World
Finding Dory
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Long Way North
Miss Hokusai
Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Mustafa & the Magician
My Life as a Zucchini
Phantom Boy
The Red Turtle
Sausage Party
The Secret Life of Pets
25 April
Your Name.

Sixteen or more films must qualify for the category to have five nominees, which will certainly be the case this year. According to the Academy, not all of the films have had their required Los Angeles qualifying run.

Stay tuned to Cartoon Brew for an in-depth look at the contenders, coming soon.

  • Arthur Shelby

    We know judges won’t see any of films but Moana

    • Memorian

      Moana, Zootopia and Finding Dory.

      • ea

        They should just rename the category “The Disney Award”.

        • Memorian

          Basically yea…. the only time any other films win is if Disney or Pixar isn’t nominated, which is just sad. I still consider it a miracle and sad that Spirited Away even won.

          • Johnny Marques

            That we needed a fluke year for the universally beloved Studio Ghibli to win an Oscar is just tremendously sad. I mean, what chance do smaller animation studios really have?

          • Memorian

            exactly. No chance at all. The fact that that’s basically the first and last Oscar Studio Ghibli will ever have is just sad…

            Smaller animation houses don’t stand a chance. Especially when it feels like the animation category is just a popularity contest.

          • Ga5ton

            It’s sad but it’s all true. Every year i see an animated movie that simply blows my mind and probably gets nominated, but as long as Pixar or Disney are nominated i know it doesn’t stand a chance. Even when the movie isn’t that great it wins, as it was the case with Brave. Not that i hate this studios, they’re actually amazing, but sometimes their movies aren’t THAT good. I mean, sometimes i hear people talking about a Pixar movie as if it was the second coming of Christ, but there are a lot of equally good, sometimes better stuff that are not even close to get the notoriety that Disney has.
            And that’s the saddest part is that, not the award, but the recognition and the diffution that comes with it, since these people would probably remain in obscurity otherwise, and they are as relevant for the industry as any big company.

          • Memorian

            Yup, totally agree. Pixar/Disney put out good films but they completely overshadow every other film in it’s category just because people are too close minded to step outside the box. It’s sucks since so many of these smaller animation studios put just as much hard work, maybe even more into these films and don’t have the backing that say a studio like Disney has and they barely get any recognition.

            I get that if it’s like regular fans like us where it might be harder to see smaller films especially animated ones in a theater because they’re just not playing anywhere. But when you’re being sent screeners or given a pass to go and see them like these guys, the least they can do is go and see them.

      • Spencer Valdez

        Sausage Party also.

        • Memorian

          Oh yes, how could I forget lol

  • Memorian

    While I loved Zootopia, thought Finding Dory was okay and am eagerly awaiting Moana. I want Kubo and the two strings to win. I won’t have it any other way =___=. i know it’s a longshot, the voters probably haven’t even seen the film or really anything on the list that isn’t Disney but I think Laika really deserves it. They’ve really out done themselves this time not just in the form of story telling but in technology. What they’ve done in the world of stop motion animated films is astounding.

    i still need to see Miss Hokusai, April and the Astounding World and red turtle.

    **Also I wish that the academy would create Academy certified screenings for all films nominated and only the people that have sen all films in a given category can have their vote submitted. The voters would have a card or something and the academy would log and be able to keep track of what they have seen and haven’t seen since they’d check in at the door of the screening. I know this is all wishful thinking…. but I’m so tired of the animation category feeling like certain films win by default just because people are too lazy to read subtitles…

    • Stefan Ellison

      They used to do that with the foreign film, documentary and short film categories, but they opened those to the entire Academy a couple of years ago and now it runs on an honour system. I prefer the old way.

      I also think the win choices should be restricted to those who have actually worked in those specific fields. So, people like George Miller and Wes Anderson and James L Brooks, who are members of the directors branch, can be allowed to vote for Best Animated Feature, because they have worked extensively on animated productions and would probably do a good job of choosing the best animated film of the year. But somebody like e.g. Clint Eastwood, who has never been involved in animation production, cannot vote for the winner in this category.

      • Memorian

        I’d agree to something like that. There’s so many people voting in the best animated film category that have no idea of the work and artistry that goes into it. They can’t pick up on the nuances. Many of them still have the silly mentality that anything animated = something for children and they’ll base their choices on which film made their child giggle the most.

    • ea

      Which is the opposite of the live-action categories, where most of the time low-budget movies that hardly anyone sees in theaters win.

      I mean, this year a glorified Law & Order SVU episode won Best Picture.

  • Johnny Marques

    I’d love to see Kubo, The Red Turtle and the Little Prince get in there, all 3 were terrific. Disney will win as always, seemingly voters can’t even conceive voting for anything that isn’t a disney family cartoon, it’s almost ridiculous seeing how contenders are rolled over every single time. Zootopia was far superior to Dory, in any case.

    • ea

      Voting should be restricted only to members who watched ALL of the nominated movies in the category (with proof). That way there won’t be more cases like Brave and BH6 winning over more deserving films.

      • Johnny Marques

        Absolutely, the way it’s setup right now you get a majority of votes from people who don’t know/care about animation outside of using it as a babysitter for their kids. Some of them have even admitted as much. These voters see adult themes or unusual plots as negative points in animation. Something like Persepolis was nominated because it’s the animation branch who does the nominations, but then the general Academy always goes back to the safe choices. A nomination is great in giving smaller movies some extra exposure, but only rewarding one type of animation, safe family-friendly, does a disservice to the medium as a whole. Unfortunately, you just know that if Pixar/Disney didn’t get the award two years in a row they’be complaining and pressuring the Academy about it.

        • ea

          The solution would be for the animation branch to completely exclude mainstream studios (sorry Disney/Pixar, DW, Illumination, Blue Sky, etc), nominating only independent and foreign films. That way only animation experts will care enough to vote on that category.

          • Johnny Marques

            That could be interesting but would open up another series of problems and risk people questioning the legitimacy of winners. I’d like the animation category to be expanded to include not only best film but also best animation technique, that way there’d be a higher chance of awarding artists outside of standard CGI animation.

  • jawsnnn

    Who wants to bet its Finding Dory or Zootopia because the kids of academy members liked those movies best.

    • ea

      Obviously their kids will like Sausage Party the best because “OMG swearing and sex, so edgy and funny!!”

  • Jon Caleb Dobson

    Your Name better win.

    That’s all I’m saying

    • ea

      What do reviews say about it? Does it even have a chance?

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I’m still surprised Ponyo and The Wolf Children were never nominated in 2009 and 2012.

    • Anonymous

      The Wolf Children was never submitted for consideration.

      • Andrew Kieswetter

        That’s disappointing. It was a really good movie.

  • Rob Bob

    Plot twist: Pets win

  • Megan

    Kubo has a good shot at being nominated at least. The box office was disappointing but it was highly praised by critics at the time. Sausage Party will not even be considered for a second, don’t kid yourself. A crass, R-rated movie does not fit into nominators’ preconceived notions of what an animated film “should” be. (Remember, the only reason there IS an animated category is so that they can snub animation out of the best picture slot.)

    My predictions:
    -One of the DreamWorks ones

    Moana will win regardless of the nominations, because Disney can easily toss the most spare change at the “for your consideration” campaign.

    • ea

      Anomalisa opened the door for R-rated animation being nominated for that award.

      • Megan

        There’s a really big difference between the two. SP is too vulgar.

  • Hacking Haxorus

    I doubt they will pay any attention to “Your Name.” That was a good film.

  • bloodmando

    It going to be a tough one. I am sure Disney will be the winner (nonetheless)

  • Inkan1969

    Interesting. The limited release movies outnumber the wide release movies 15 to 12. The studios behind “The Wild Life”, “Ratchet and Clank” and “Norm of the North” didn’t bother to submit their movies.

    You can find websites for the four GKids movies at http://www.gkids.com. As for the other 11 movies

    The Little Prince:

    Mune: Guardian of the Moon

    The Red Turtle – http://sonyclassics.com/theredturtle/

    Your Name – http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname/

    Long Way North – http://www.longwaynorththemovie.com
    Snowtime! – http://www.snowtimemovie.com

    25 April – http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/25-april

    Bilal: a New Breed of Hero – http://www.bilalmovie.com/

    Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – http://www.kingsglaivefinalfantasyxv-movie.com/

    Monkey King: Hero is Back – http://www.monkeykinghero.com/

    Mustafa & the Magician – http://www.mmagician3d.com/

    • Mark Walton

      Holy crap. Something tells me “Mustafa and the Magician” is not going to make it to final 3 or 5! Gotta admire their chutzpah. ;)

  • Thiago Calçado

    My predictions:

    Kubo and the Two Strings
    My Life as a Zucchini
    The Red Turtle

    And the Oscar goes to Kubo!

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  • Marc Hendry

    Disney will probably take it as per, but it’s a hell of a time for global feature animation. Anyone pining for a “Golden Age” needs to actually make the effort to see some of these wonderful films