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
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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.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.