Last night the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the people in charge of the Academy Awards or the Oscars as they are more affectionately known) announced that there are record 27 animated feature-length movies that have made the long list in the Best Animated Feature category in the 2016 awards.  It sounds like an awful lot but when you see the list (below) you’ll realise just what a strong year it’s been for the ever-growing genre.


Just some of those in contention include Disney’s Moana (released in the UK 2nd December – we got to see 20 minutes of the movie and chat with its Producer earlier in the year. You can see our report here), Zootropolis (or Zootopia in the United States) and Finding Dory, the hugely popular sequel to Finding Nemo.


Other contenders from other studios include the hugely popular Kubo and the Two Strings from Universal / Laika which we think could be in with a shout, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, The Angry Birds MovieIce Age: Collision Course and Trolls starring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. I’ve embedded our interview with the couple below which if you haven’t seen is well worth a watch!

Kubo and the Two Strings

The full list of movies is embedded below. Which have you seen and which do you think could take the top spot or make the short list for nominations (which are announced on January 24th with the actual ceremony taking place February 26th).

Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick Trolls Interview

Best Animated Feature Academy Award Long-List (in alphabetical order)

  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • April and the Extraordinary World
  • Bilal
  • Finding Dory
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • The Little Prince
  • Long Way North
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Moana
  • Mokney King: Hero Is Back
  • Mune
  • Mustafa & the Magician
  • My Life as a Zucchni
  • Phantom Boy
  • The Red Turtle
  • Sausage Party
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
  • Showtime!
  • Storks
  • Trolls
  • 25 April
  • Your Name
  • Zootopia