April and the Extraordinary World
The Red Turtle
Other Contenders - Kubo and the Two Strings, Trolls, Storks, Sausage Party, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, Miss Hokusai, Phantom Boy, The Little Prince, The Girl Without Hands, The Angry Birds Movie, The Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3
Commentary - This category has become more and more unpredictable, just as The Good Dinosaur and The Peanuts Movie. Finding Dory did well, but it could be one of those Pixar misses. I feel like Zootopia is strong enough to hold on, and Disney's Moana looks intriguing. I am putting two more eclectic films: The Red Turtle and April and the Extraordinary World, in, as these types of film seem to hit it big with the Animation Branch. That leaves out though some big contenders from the Fall and Summer including Kubo and the Two Strings, Trolls, Storks, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, The Little Prince, and The Angry Birds Movie. Also, never discount a Jungle Book push in this category (they have signaled they would not push it here, but they could if they want some Oscar glory), and after Anomalisa made in in last year never discount they very adult Sausage Party, whose initial reviews have been pretty damn great.