The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to activate the category for the 76th Academy Awards.
Eleven films were accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch of the Academy, which recommended that the Award be given for this year.
The films are:
“Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel)”
“The Jungle Book 2”
“Looney Tunes: Back in Action”
“Piglet’s Big Movie”
“Rugrats Go Wild!”
“The Triplets of Belleville”
Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers less than sixteen.
Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories. The eligibility of three of the films, “Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel),” “Tokyo Godfathers” and “The Triplets of Belleville,” is subject to their opening in Los Angeles prior to December 31. “The Triplets of Belleville” is scheduled to open November 21 and “Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel)” and “Tokyo Godfathers” on December 5.
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 27, 2004.