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Cartoon Brew Launches New Animation Oscar Tracker

Among the most popular features on is our annual coverage of the Academy Awards. Our 2013 Oscar coverage recorded the highest traffic ever in the site’s history, hitting a single-day record for pageviews on Monday, February 25.

The animation community’s interest in the awards is justified for many reasons. Foremost, the Oscars serve as a barometer of the general public’s attitudes toward animation. The films that are nominated (as well as those that aren’t) tell us a lot about how animation is evolving as an art form and its acceptance into the mainstream.

The Oscar’s animation categories, however, have long been marginalized in the entertainment media, and lacked the informed coverage and analysis that accompanies the live-action categories. Cartoon Brew sets out to change that with its new ANIMATION OSCAR TRACKER, which is the animation industry’s first and only resource devoted to year-round coverage of contending films.

Our broad focus on both mainstream and independent films will help the film community parse through the ever-growing number of feature and short entries. We aim to provide Academy voters with an indispensable tool for making informed decisions when it comes time to nominate films and select winners for these prestigious animation honors.

The new ANIMATION OSCAR TRACKER, which is readily accessible through Cartoon Brew’s top navigation bar, will be updated regularly with lists of films in contention. More features will be added in the weeks and months to come including Oscar predictions, interviews with filmmakers, and coverage of other animation-related Academy Award categories like visual effects.

  • Sotiris

    This is a great idea! I have a few questions regarding the Best Animated Feature entries as well as some additions.

    ‘The Day of the Crows’ has not been picked up by GKids as far as I know. It was merely selected for this year’s NYICFF which does not necessarily mean they’ll distribute it. There hasn’t been an announcement or press release about them distributing the film. It’s not even included on GKids’ website. Perhaps you should contact them to clarify the situation.

    ‘A Letter to Momo’ will be submitted to this year’s Oscars along with ‘Ernest & Celestine’ according to a last year press release by GKids.

    ‘Rocks in my Pockets’ will probably not be submitted. The film’s director Signe Baumane is ambivalent about whether she should submit the film leaning towards not doing so according to a blog entry of hers. It’s too bad because judging from the trailer the film has a lot of potential. I think you should contact her as well and ask her about it.

    ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’ will receive an Oscar-qualifying run – it will be released in L.A. on May 17 – but it is uncertain whether it will be deemed eligible since it contains live-action footage.

    The same goes for ‘The Smurfs 2’ which will be released on July 31. The first one was disqualified due to the amount of live-action it featured so it is doubtful whether the sequel will be deemed eligible.

    ‘Hell & Back’, a stop-motion animated film, might be released in 2013. While a release date has not yet been announced, it is listed on IMDb as a 2013 film.

    ‘Khumba’ and ‘The Nut Job’ are both eligible since they will released in the U.S in 2013 according official announcements. Neither of them have been given an exact release date yet.

    ‘Postman Pat: The Movie – You Know You’re the One’ will be released in the U.S. on November 27.

    ‘Leo the Lion’ will be released on August 30 by the Weinsten Co.

    ‘The Trick or Treaters’ will be released on October 25 by the Weinsten Co.

    ‘Santapprentice (aka Santa’s Apprentice)’ which will be released on December 06, again by the Weinstein Co. is not eligible because it was originally released overseas in 2010.

    • AmidAmidi

      Thanks for all the helpful feedback, Sotiris. These lists will be updated regularly, and thus will become more precise over time.

    • Eric Graf

      Unless I’m missing something, “A Letter to Momo” won’t be eligible, having been released in Japan in 2011.

      • nell

        correct me if i’m wrong but, it only matters if the movie was released in theaters in the states for it to eligible for the oscars.

      • Sotiris

        ‘A Letter to Momo’ is eligible because it received a commercial release in Japan in 2012. The fact it premiered in 2011 in various film festivals does not render it ineligible according to Academy rules.

    • Sotiris

      It has just been announced that ‘The Nut Job’ will be released on January 17, 2014 in the U.S so it’s not eligible for this year’s Oscars anymore.

  • (Not-really-related-question-but-a-bit-anyway: Why list french
    features “Ernest and Celestine” and “The Day of the Crows” with the name
    of their US distributor (GKIDS) instead of their production studio,
    like you did for the other listed movies? They deserve the same
    visibility i.m.o)

    • AmidAmidi

      Good suggestion. I will add the studio names soon.

  • Karzay

    Ah, man! I really hoping for a google map with a pin marked on it. What am I suppose to do, guess where Oscar is? Sheesh.

  • Natalie Belton

    I find it disappointing that Studio Ghibli films have started being released later in the US so they don’t qualify. Why? Hollywood often overlooks anime films. Are they too different or are they seen as unwanted competition?

  • GKids and FUNimation also plan to give Mamoru Hosoda’s Wolf Children a qualifying release this year. There’s also Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion feature Anomalisa.

    • Sotiris

      Thanks for your contribution. I had completely forgotten about those two.

      By the way, GKids has nothing to do with Wolf Children. FUNimation has acquired all of the U.S rights to the film exclusively including theatrical distribution.