21 features vying for animation Oscar

"Brave," "Rise of the Guardians," "Frankenweenie," and "A Liar's Autobiography" are some of the 21 features submitted for this year's Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Twenty-one films have been submitted for consideration in the Academy Award's Animated Feature Film category.

The 21 feature-length films are:

  • "Adventures in Zambezia" - South African computer animation about a bird's adventure beyond Victoria Falls. Voices by Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • "Brave" - Pixar's tale of a Scottish princess trying to undo a curse upon her clan. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.
  • "Delhi Safari" - This 3-D animated feature from India tells of a group of animals journeying to the Indian Parliament in a fight to protect their habitat.
  • "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" - This ecological tale from the children's book features voice work by Zac Efron and Danny DeVito.
  • "Frankenweenie" - Tim Burton's 3-D stop-motion animated tale of a young boy who - inspired by the legendary Dr. Frankenstein - brings his dead dog back to life. The feature is a remake of Burton's 1984 short produced for Walt Disney, which the studio shelved.
  • "From Up on Poppy Hill" - Japanese hand-drawn animation from Studio Ghibli, based on the manga about students in Yokohama Bay.
  • "Hey Krishna" - 3-D animation from India, based on Srila Prabhupada's "Krishna," tells of the early years of Krishna, from birth to his battles against demons at the ripe age of 10.
  • "Hotel Transylvania" - A "Mad Monster Party"-like tribute to all sorts of classic ghouls, here enjoying a vacation at a resort run by Count Dracula.
  • "Ice Age Continental Drift" - The fourth installment in 20th Century Fox's prehistoric adventure series.
  • "A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" - 3-D animation brings to life the somewhat true story of Graham Chapman, known for his alcoholic excesses, his homosexuality, and for being the most "out there" of the beloved Python team.
  • "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" - DreamWorks' cast of zoo animals trying to get back to New York City, with some detours through Europe.
  • "The Mystical Laws" - Japanese sci-fi anime, and a treatise on the religious movement known as Happy Science.
  • "The Painting" - French animator Jean-François Laguionie's film depicts a chateau's canvas in which characters escape the artwork to explore the world beyond.
  • "ParaNorman" - A 3-D stop-motion animation comedy from the creators of "Coraline," about a young boy who talks to the dead.
  • "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" - Pirate Captain is out to win Pirate of the Year Award in this comedy from Aardman, creators of Wallace & Gromit.
  • "The Rabbi's Cat" - Winner of France's Cesar Award for Best Animated Film, this hand-drawn feature tells of a cat who swallows the family parrot and begins to talk.
  • "Rise of the Guardians" - DreamWorks animation, based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood," features such mythical characters as Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy.
  • "Secret of the Wings" - What's the secret of fairy wings? Tinkerbell and her friends try to find out in this Disney feature.
  • "Walter & Tandoori's Christmas" - An inventor named Walter and his pal, a talking chicken, must save their town from a rapacious big box store magnate out to ruin the holiday . . . by not recycling!
  • "Wreck-It Ralph" - Disney's critically-praised homage to 1980s video arcade games.
  • "Zarafa" - French animation that tells the story of a giraffe gifted to the King of France.

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, broadcast on ABC.

  • David Morgan

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