The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released the list of animated films eligible for competition in the 75th Academy Award ceremony. The executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch has approved the following 17 films for inclusion in the race for Best Animated Feature Film. The field will be significantly narrowed when nominations are announced on Feb. 11 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific time. Under the rules for the category, a maximum of five films can be nominated.
Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights
Alibaba & the Forty Thieves
El bosque animado (The Living Forest)
Hey Arnold! The Movie
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
Lilo & Stitch
The Powerpuff Girls Movie
The Princess and the Pea
Return to Never Land
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Stuart Little 2
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Missing from the list are the popular anime offerings Metropolis, from director Rintaro, and Bandai’s Escaflowne. Those films failed to meet requirements due to theatrical release timing.