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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Animated Feature - Predictions as of Aug. 7th
To activate a 5 wide list, 16 films must be eligible. The category has recently been 5 wide regularly once foreign film eligibility is accounted for though this wasn't always the case in the early years of this competition.
Discuss Animation
THE BOXTROLLS
September 26th
(Laika / Focus Features)
THE LEGO MOVIE
February 7th
(Warner Bros)

BIG HERO 6
November 7th
(Disney)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
June 13th
(Dreamworks / Fox)
BOOK OF LIFE
October 17th (Reel FX / Fox)
An orphaned boy and his adoptive trash collecting family of sorts must survive extermination. Based on the book "Here Be Monsters"
Trailer Discussion
It came. It was seen. It conquered critics hearts and the box office. Crass merchandise opportunity sure but that might not stop Oscar since it's so well regarded and fun
Reviewed
Disney teams up with Marvel to tell a superhero story involving a robotics prodigy in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (San Francisco Tokyo mashup) Oscar's animation branch doesn't go for sequels. Except when they do! Hiccup and Toothless had a spot of trouble at box office. But probably not with Oscar. as the original is well loved "an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds" Guillermo del Toro produces. The early scenes they're showing press are extraordinarily colorful and busy. Celebrity voice cast and lots of music

Other Films That Might Make a Mark
Tough to tell this early. Especially given the unpredictable will they or won't they qualify foreign beauties

SONG OF THE SEA
Release TBA
(Cartoon Saloon / GKids)
Concept Trailer
PRINCESS KAGUYA
Release TBA
(Studio Ghibli / GKids)
trailer  
BOY AND THE WORLD
trailer
THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC
Sept 5th
(Shout! Factory)
TANTA HILDA
trailer

If this film is finished in time, it could be a major threat for the gold. The Secret of Kells was incredible after all. This is "the story of the last Seal Child's journey home"

 

Studio Ghibli has instant prestige and that helps in every Oscar branch, including this one. This story is a bit Thumbelina-esque. Multiple suitors pursue a princess who is only the size of a finger.

This Brazilian hand drawn film is silent but for music. It's already picked up several awards 'round the world A Belgian CG toon about an abandoned cat and a magician's estate for sale. Selena Gomez apparently did a song or some such. This hand drawn oddity involves a plant museum. It's from France and they've done well in this category.
Foreign Titles That Might Debut
It's always difficult to know which will qualify here...
  • Little from the Fish Shop (Czech Republic) the daughter of a shop owner seeks help from a witch for the love of a handome young man. Sounds/ looks like a grotesque version of The Little Mermaid- the trailer
  • Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (France) Jack must not use his clock heart! - the trailer
  • The 7th Dwarf (Germany) dwarves and an ice queen of some sort. trailer
  • Tarzan 3D (Germany) with the voice of Kellan Lutz trailer
  • Valley of the Lost Ants (France) rival gangs of ants fight for leftover picnic goodies trailer
  • Foosball this 2013 from an Oscar winner, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella that used to be called Metegol. I have no idea if it's eligible Trailer
American Titles That Will Probably Be Submitted
  • Rio 2 (Blue Sky / Fox) April 11th
  • The Nut Job (Open Road) January 17th squirrels plan a nut-store heist
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Summertime / Clarius ) May 9th the trailer
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue - (Disney) July 18th the Cars spin-off the trailer
  • The Pirate Fairy (Disney) - a new Tinkerbell movie
  • Mr Peabody & Sherman (Dreamworkds) March 7th the dog and his boys do some space travel.