In a message sent out to participating category voters, the Academy revealed that Paramount/Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — which was pulled from theatrical release due to the pandemic and is slated to make its U.S. premiere on the new Paramount+ platform at launch on March 4 — has been pulled from the list of qualified animated features under consideration for nomination.
“Dear Animated Feature Voting Committee Member,
We hope you have been enjoying the submitted Animated Feature films. We wanted you to be aware of some submission updates:
- The film titled Nos Ili Zagovor Ne Takikh has been updated to its English-language title The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks.
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run has elected to withdraw from consideration and will no longer be available to view on Academy Screening Room.”
The 26 animated features now under consideration are:
Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus
The Croods: A New Age
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu No Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train
Earwig and the Witch
Kill It and Leave This Town
Lupin III: The First
My Favorite War
The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks
No.7 Cherry Lane
On-Gaku: Our Sound
Over the Moon
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs
Ride Your Wave
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Trolls World Tour
A Whisker Away
Sponge on the Run received a theatrical release in Canada last summer, and debuted globally outside North America on Netflix in November. You can read more about the film in Animation Magazine‘s feature article, including interview with director Tim Story, here.