List of animated feature films that I think will make the short list for Best Animated Feature for the 94th Academy Awards

by AlexHartsell | created - 3 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

I am predicating 29 animated films.

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1. The Addams Family 2 (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, 'The Addams Family'.

Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon, Laura Brousseau, Kevin Pavlovic | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Bill Hader

2. America: The Motion Picture (2021)

98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

A chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams with beer-loving bro Sam Adams to take down the Brits in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution.

Director: Matt Thompson | Stars: Channing Tatum, Simon Pegg, Judy Greer, Bobby Moynihan

3. Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A young humanoid alligator travels to the big city in hopes of reuniting with his estranged father, meeting a colorful cast of characters along the way.

Director: Ryan Crego | Stars: Michael J. Woodard, Ryan Crego, Dee Bradley Baker, Annie Potts

Votes: 521

4. Back to the Outback (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Filming

Tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them like they're monsters, a group of Australia's deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback.

Directors: Harry Cripps, Clare Knight | Stars: Guy Pearce, Isla Fisher, Eric Bana, Rachel House

5. Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Drama | Filming

A teenage girl lives between modern-day Japan and a virtual world called "U."

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Rina Izuta

6. The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)

PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business.

Director: Tom McGrath | Stars: Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum

7. A Costume for Nicholas (2020)


Nicolás is a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome. Every year, his mother made him a disguise. He was a monkey, a brave pirate, a dragon giant. Unfortunately, his mother dies and Nicolás goes... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Rivero | Stars: Paty Cantú, Fran Fernández, Cristina Hernandez, Ricardo Tejedo

Votes: 54

8. Cryptozoo (2021)

95 min | Animation

78 Metascore

Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown.

Director: Dash Shaw | Stars: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis, Alex Karpovsky

Votes: 179

9. Encanto (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Filming

Plot unknown.

Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith | Star: Stephanie Beatriz

10. Flee (2021)

83 min | Documentary, Animation

91 Metascore

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Star: Rashid Aitouganov

Votes: 253

11. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

Drac's Pack is back, like you've never seen them before in the final chapter of the 'Hotel Transylvania' franchise.

Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska | Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi

12. Inu-Oh (2021)

90 min | Animation, Fantasy, History | Filming

A fictionalized depiction of the life of Inu-Oh "King Dog", a 14th-century Japanese performer of music drama at the time of its transition from the folk art of sarugaku "monkey music" into the formalized traditions of Noh and kyôgen.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa

13. Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2020)

99 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Tsuneo is a university student and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the house by herself due to her being unable to walk. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee's grandmother taking her out for a morning walk.

Director: Kôtarô Tamura | Stars: Kaya Kiyohara, Taishi Nakagawa, Matsutera Chiemi, Kengo Kawanishi

Votes: 154

14. Legend of Deification (2020)

TV-PG | 110 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Banished to the mortal world, a warrior has to slay a demon to return to the heavenly realm and become a god.

Directors: Teng Cheng, Li Wei | Stars: Guangtao Jiang, Nazeeh Tarsha, Youji Wang, Xi Zheng

Votes: 1,150 | Gross: $0.21M

15. Little Vampire (2020)

85 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A friendship forms between a never-aging 10-year-old vampire and an orphan schoolboy, but a moon headed monster throws obstacles in their paths.

Director: Joann Sfar | Stars: Camille Cottin, Louise Lacoste, Jean-Paul Rouve, Claire de la Rüe du Can

Votes: 115

16. The Loud House Movie (2021)

Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

In Nickelodeon's The Loud House Movie, the biggest family on television goes on the biggest Loud family vacation ever. The adventure follows the Loud family to Scotland where they discover that they are descendants of Scottish royalty.

Director: Dave Needham | Stars: David Tennant, Grey Griffin, Michelle Gomez, Billy Boyd

17. Luca (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.

Director: Enrico Casarosa | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph, Giacomo Gianniotti

18. The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)

PG | 113 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.

Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe | Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Michael Rianda

Votes: 24,899

19. Nahuel and the Magic Book (2020)

98 min | Animation

Nahuel is a curious boy who has a deep fear of the sea. One day, he come across a mysterious book that seems to be the solution of his trouble. What he doesn't know is the book is really magical, and Kalku, an ambitious warlock is after it

Director: German Acuña | Stars: Consuelo Pizarro, Marcelo Liapiz, Muriel Benavides, Vanesa Silva

Votes: 32

20. Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021)

G | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos.

Director: Cal Brunker | Stars: Tyler Perry, Dax Shepard, Iain Armitage, Randall Park

21. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

75 Metascore

In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

Directors: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa | Stars: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Izaac Wang

Votes: 54,416

22. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2021)

Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

When a mysterious stranger arrives from the future with a dire warning, Leo is forced to rise and lead his brothers, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey in a fight to save the world from a terrifying alien species.

Directors: Andy Suriano, Ant Ward | Stars: Omar Benson Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith, Josh Brener, Eric Bauza

23. Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron's malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine, Octavio E. Rodriguez

24. Sing 2 (2021)

PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show.

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon

25. The Spine of Night (2021)

93 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Ultra-violent, epic fantasy set in a land of magic follows heroes from a different eras and cultures battling against a malevolent force.

Directors: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel

Votes: 37

26. Spirit Untamed (2021)

PG | Animation, Adventure, Family | Completed

Lucky Prescott's life is changed forever when she moves from her home in the city to a small frontier town and befriends a wild mustang named Spirit.

Directors: Elaine Bogan, Ennio Torresan | Stars: Mckenna Grace, Eiza González, Walton Goggins, Jake Gyllenhaal

27. Vivo (I) (2021)

PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

Vivo, Sony Pictures Animation's first-ever musical adventure featuring all-new original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, will take audiences on an epic adventure to gorgeous and vibrant locations never before seen in animation.

Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Brandon Jeffords | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González

28. Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)

TV-Y7 | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

The heroes from the Trollhunters series team-up on an epic adventure to fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.

Directors: Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt | Stars: Steven Yeun, Nick Offerman, Alfred Molina, Emile Hirsch

29. Wish Dragon (2021)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Determined teen Din is longing to reconnect with his childhood best friend when he meets a wish-granting dragon who shows him the magic of possibilities.

Director: Chris Appelhans | Stars: John Cho, Jimmy Wong, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Constance Wu

Votes: 161

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