21 animated films for Academy Awards consideration

MUMBAI: Twenty-one animated features, put alphabetically from Adventures in Zambezia to Zarafa, have been submitted for the consideration if the Academy Awards.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Adventures in Zambezia, Brave, Delhi Safari, Dr. Seuss? The Lorax, Frankenweenie, From Up on Poppy Hill, Hey Krishna, Hotel Transylvania, 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 Painting, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits,The Rabbi?s Cat, Rise of the Guardians, Secret of the Wings, Walter & Tandoori?s Christmas, Wreck-It Ralph and Zarafa.

Under the rules of the Academy, since more than 16 films have been submitted, a maximum of five films may be nominated when nominees are announced on 10 January.

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. Like Adventures in Zambezia, made in South Africa has birds that live near Africa?s Victoria Falls as its characters. Zarafa is a French-made film about a young boy who escapes slave traders and befriends a giraffe.

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 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.

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