Best Animated Feature Film 2016

Most recent update: Mar. 27, 2016

clawhauser_zootopiaClawhauser, a.k.a. my spirit animal, from Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s Zootopia (via The Disney Wiki)

Zootopia already dominated the box office and wowed critics, but the early-year release may hurt its case. Moana could come on strong at year’s end, à la Frozen (2013). And who knows about Finding Dory? Art-house fare from distribs like GKIDS could make an impact, while major studios other than Disney should be happy to see their animated releases on the eligibility list. This race may take shape quickly if 2016 is as weak for animation as it looks.


My official predictions include only films that have been theatrically released in the United States this year and those set for theatrical distribution in the United States later this year. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment – here or on Twitter – that addresses any relevant information or contenders you feel should be included.


  1. Zootopia (more)

  2. Moana (more)

  3. Kubo and the Two Strings (more)

  4. April and the Extraordinary World, or Avril et le monde truqué (more)

  5. Finding Dory (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Kung Fu Panda 3 (more)
  2. Sausage Party (more)
  3. Phantom Boy (more)
  4. The Secret Life of Pets (more)
  5. Storks (more)

Long Shots

  1. Angry Birds (more)
  2. Ratchet & Clank (more)
  3. Trolls (more)
  4. Sing (more)
  5. Ice Age: Collision Course (more)
  6. The Wild Life (more)
  7. Norm of the North (more)

In Limbo

I currently regard these films as ineligible, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules, b) the films may not be finished and distributed in time, or c) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. Some films fit under all three categories.

  • The Red Turtle (more)
  • Ballerina (more)
  • The Breadwinner (more)
  • Henchmen (more)

A photo of Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (via Collider).


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