Animated titles up to 12

Posted by · 4:21 pm · October 12th, 2010

I’ve been making notes on this in the comments section of yesterday’s Off the Carpet column throughout the morning, but it’s looking more and more like the magic number of 16 won’t be reached in this year’s animated feature film race.  By my count, we have 12 titles.

One of them, Bill Plympton’s “Idiots and Angels,” may not have submitted the proper paperwork (I’m unsure at the moment).  But it opened last week in New York regardless and will hit Los Angeles screens on October 29.  Wouldn’t it be great to see Plympton in the mix, though?

I had originally though the Japanese “Tales from Earthsea” would be eligible, but while opening in a foreign territory one year prior is permitted (more of this arbitrary nonsense — it’s scattered throughout AMPAS rules and regs), more than that is not.  The film opened in 2006 in Japan.

Is it possible “Yogi Bear” and/or, I don’t know, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” qualify?  The former is being submitted, but the latter, probably not.  Can the dynamic “Chico & Rita” find a domestic home in time?  But even adding them to the mix, we’re two films short.  So it’s likely we’ll only have three nominees in the category this year, making it pretty easy to go ahead and predict “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Illusionist” and “Toy Story 3” for inclusion.

It’s worth noting that the HFPA only need 12 eligible titles to nominate five, so we’re probably looking at enough to get a quintet at the Golden Globes.  Check out the full list of eligible contenders (so far) at our animated feature film page.

[Photo: Bill Plympton Studio]

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  • 1 10-12-2010 at 5:06 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I think “Toy Story 3” and “How to Train Your Dragon” is locked… I’m still skeptical about the “The Illusionist” chances… Maybe it depends if “Tangled” will make a strong showcase… But here’s hoping it will be “The Illusionist” to have a 2D feature on the list….

  • 2 10-12-2010 at 5:10 pm

    americanrequiem said...

    would have been a shame last year, but 3 seems like more then enough so far this year

  • 3 10-12-2010 at 5:35 pm

    Mitchell said...

    I don’t know, I think Yogi may sneak up on us in this one. ;)

  • 4 10-12-2010 at 5:44 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Didn’t Studio Glibi also release “The Borrowers”? and there’s that British movie Guy predicted that got terrible reviews, “Jackboots on Whitehall.”

  • 5 10-12-2010 at 6:01 pm

    Andrew M said...

    I say they just submit Mary and Max again, maybe no one will notice.

  • 6 10-12-2010 at 6:03 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Jacob: Yup Studio Ghibli release “The Borrowers” but it was just shown in Japan.. The English version is yet to be shown in the US.. I guess that makes it ineligible?

  • 7 10-12-2010 at 6:24 pm

    Graysmith said...

    There’s an animated movie opening this weekend called The Trouble with Terkel, but who knows if it is/will be eligible. On the other hand, it’s only opening in two theaters which kind of sounds like an eligibility run rather than a serious box office release.

  • 8 10-12-2010 at 6:29 pm

    Patrick Gratton said...

    Off Topic, but Kris what can you make of this Jeff Wells

  • 9 10-12-2010 at 7:59 pm

    Estefan said...

    I still think the new rule to now include films over forty minutes will allow for five nominees this year.

    But, if it’s three nominees this year, I feel confident that Tangled, Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon will be the nominees.

  • 10 10-12-2010 at 8:05 pm

    red_wine said...

    Yogi Bear and Cats and Dogs should mostly be eligible. They changed the rules this year to disqualify motion-captured films (so Avatar and A Christmas Tale would have been ineligible this year) but I doubt Yogi Bear and Cats and Dogs are motion captured. They also handily fulfill the “animation must be featured in 75% of the film” criteria I’m assuming.

  • 11 10-12-2010 at 8:17 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Is it animation has to appear in 75% of the film, or 75% of the film has to be animated? If it’s the latter, no way would “Yogi Bear” make it. It’s two animated characters in a totally live action movie I believe.

  • 12 10-13-2010 at 2:25 pm

    TheGhostofEaster said...

    How about Tales from Earthsea and Terkel in Trouble or are tey disqualified for the release-date in their homecountry? (Earthsea is 2006 and Terkel is 2004)

  • 13 10-13-2010 at 2:32 pm

    Rubi-kun said...

    GKids, the distributor of last year’s surprise nominee Secret of Kells, is going to be doing a limited release of Summer Wars. I’ve seen it, and it may just have a chance at a nomination. It’s REALLY good.

    Here’s the trailer:

    Also as far as anime releases go, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and Redline have shown in San Fransisco. Not sure if they’ll screen in LA on time to qualify this year, though.

  • 14 10-13-2010 at 2:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Tales from Earthsea is mentioned in this article, rather clearly.

  • 15 10-13-2010 at 3:12 pm

    ChrisG said...

    “Idiots & Angels”? Now? It’s two years old. It aired on German TV early this year. You’re a little behind with this one over there. ;)
    I really really liked that film, the animation style, the weird humour and the absence of spoken words. It’s wonderful but nothing the Academy would consider.

  • 16 10-13-2010 at 3:16 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I actually had a screener two years ago, too. But this is when it made its way to US screens and it has been submitted to HFPA, so AMPAS is likely to get the paperwork, too.

  • 17 10-13-2010 at 3:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Although, if indeed the film aired on German TV this year, I believe that would disqualify it.

  • 18 10-14-2010 at 8:08 am

    ChrisG said...

    I guarantee you it did. I watched it. It was a one week special on animated films, together with “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and two puppet films, “Blood Tea and Red String” and the norwegian “Strings.”

  • 19 10-16-2010 at 7:21 am

    David said...

    Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls are pure pop trash!!!