Toons Hit High Note with Academy

Animated features made another record showing today as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced its list of 56 songs eligible for consideration in the Original Song Oscar category this year. Twelve of these songs were featured in animated movies, while four were from movies that have major CG visual effects. Cars, Everyone’s Hero, Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Open Season, Paprika, Arthur and the Invisibles, The Wild, Happy Feet and Curious George all made the initial list.

On Tuesday, January 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. After the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits. Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center’, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m.

Here is a list of the original songs that were featured in animated and vfx-driven features:

‘The Best’ from Everyone’s Hero

‘Family of Me’ from Over the Hedge

‘The Girl in Byakkoya – White Tiger Field’ from Paprika

‘Heist’ from Over the Hedge

‘Hillbilly Holla’ from Barnyard

‘I Belong’ from Open Season

‘Keep Holding On’ from Eragon

‘Ordinary Miracle’ from Charlotte’s Web

‘Our Town’ from Cars

‘Quest for Love’ from Arthur and the Invisibles

‘Real Gone’ from Cars

‘Really Nice Day’ from The Wild

‘The Song of the Heart’ from Happy Feet

‘Still’ from Over the Hedge

‘Tonight’ from Night at the Museum

‘Try Not to Remember’ from Home of the Brave

‘Upside Down’ from Curious George

‘When You Taught Me How to Dance’ from Miss Potter

‘Won’t Let You Fall’ from Poseidon