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19 films submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Nineteen feature films have been submitted for consideration for this year's Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award.

Many sequels and spin-offs from previous Oscar-winners and nominees are in the mix, including "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," "Despicable Me 2," "Monsters University" and "The Smurfs 2." But they're not all slapstick comedies in 3-D; the films also include the epic hand-drawn "The Wind Rises" by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, who won the Oscar for his 2001 film, "Spirited Away"; a stop-motion supernatural tale from Spain; and a grim tale from South Korea about a minister fleecing his flock.

Under Academy rules, five films will be nominated in the category. The 19 features submitted for consideration are listed below, along with trailers.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"- Further adventures featuring giant food.

"The Croods" A prehistoric family goes on a road trip of sorts.

"Despicable Me 2" -- He may no longer be a super-villain, but Gru (Steve Carell) still has his minions along to possibly save the world, in this computer-animated comedy.

"Epic" -- Another tale of a world threatened with destruction, in this case, a forest inhabited by magical beings. Voices by Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz and Beyonce Knowles.

"Ernest and Celestine" -- Hand-drawn animation of the unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse, from co-directors Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar of Belgium and Benjamin Renner of France. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for family films at the Seattle International Film Festival.

"The Fake" -- The second feature by South Korean animator Yeon Sang-ho tells of a charlatan minister scheming against his rural church's congregation.

"Free Birds" -- Turkeys don't have it so good on the fourth Thursday of November, so two birds travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving celebration to try to change the menu. Voices by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

"Frozen" -- This new 3-D Disney adventure is a somewhat loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Snow Queen."

"Khumba" -- This 3-D tale from South Africa, of a zebra lacking some stripes, features voicework by Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Buscemi.

"The Legend of Sarila" -- This computer animation concerns young Inuit natives and their journey to save their clan from famine.

"A Letter to Momo" -- Hand-drawn animation from Japanese director Hiroyuki Okiura, about a young girl and three goblins whose trouble-making gets her in a fix.

"Monsters University" -- In this prequel to Pixar's 2001 "Monsters, Inc.," Mike and Sulley (again voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman) attend college majoring in Scares.

"O Apostolo" -- This supernatural stop-motion animation from Spain won the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

"Planes" -- A Disney/Pixar spin-off from the "Cars" franchise.

"Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion" -- The third in a series of Japanese animated films about magical girls, based on characters from a TV series.

"Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury" -- A romance spanning 600 years between immortal lovers is set against six centuries of Brazilian history, from colonization by European powers into the future,

"The Smurfs 2" -- The little blue people are back.

"Turbo" -- Dreamwork's 3-D animation of a racing snail . . . yes, a racing snail. In animation, anything is possible.

"The Wind Rises" -- Hayao Miyazaki's sweeping epic tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the aviation engineer who designed the Zero, and is set in the turbulent years leading up to World War II.

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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