Saturday, January 06, 2007

Invisibles Out

The news of on the street - that is, Cartoon Brew Blvd, amongst other places - is that Arthur and the Invisibles is being removed from the running for a best Animated Film Oscar. Unfortunately for Arthur, the cumulative footage count of animated sequences in the film has been tallied at under 75% of the overall length.

This will mean that only fifteen films are eligible for the award - one short, sixteen being the magic number that would permit five official nominations. Now, with only three animations allowed in the final ballot, the upshot is not only a more closely comptetive final hurlong, but less overall promotion for animation, and two films denied all of the publicity Oscar brings.

A shame.

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