I was going to write a post about this, but my friend Pete Hammond at the L.A. Times beat me to it.
This has been a pretty good year for animated features and by my count we have fifteen films that are technically qualified for an Academy Award nomination. In order to qualify for five nominees (as opposed the usual 3) the producers of all fifteen of these films must enter their features for nomination. Then a 16th (or better yet, a 17th and 18th) film must qualify – the rules state that five animated features can be nominated if 16 films qualify.
Here are the fifteen that already played (or will play) theatrically this year for at least one week in Los Angeles, in order of release: