While we are still a ways off from the Oscars Jerry Beck’s Animation Scoop has reported that 20 feature-length animated films have been submitted to the Academy for the 2014 Best Animated feature category. The rules for the category are the film must run at least 40 minutes in length. There has to be a minimum of 8 eligible submissions to trigger the category with 3 nominations. If there are at least 16 qualifying films then there will be 5 nominations.
While some of the films are recognizable there are quite a few that are not. I thought it would be interesting to not only list them here but to include the trailer for them also. While its way too early to tell what films will make the eligibility requirements. I just hope that we don’t end up with what happened last year with Frozen winning because two of the far superior films The Wind Rises and Ernest & Celestine were not a widely seen and didn’t have the catchy pop song. So far of the features that I have seen Book of Life is my favorite film on the list and I hope that it make the final cut.
Here are the 20 submitted features:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Henry & Me
The Hero of Color City
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
The Lego Movie
Minuscule–Valley of the Lost Ants
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Penguins of Madagascar
The Pirate Fairy
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Rocks in My Pockets
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess
While some of the features will obviously not make it quality wise there are some really good-looking smaller release films like Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess, Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, Giovanni’s Island, and Cheatin that will hopefully make the cut.