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Big studio offerings and little gems alike vie for attention in the Oscar animation race

Big studio offerings and little gems alike vie for attention in the Oscar animation race

On one side of the competition for the animated feature Oscar are the major American studio contenders; on the other, a slew of hand-drawn films from around the world.

Holding up the computer-generated, star-spangled banner are well-reviewed mega-grossers “Coco” (with its 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its Pixar pedigree), “Despicable Me 3” (part of the highest-grossing animated franchise so far), and “The Lego Batman Movie” (and its 91% fresh rating and more than $300 million in receipts).

Picking up the banner from the dormant leader in Japanese animation is “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.” Telling the tale of a young girl in Afghanistan from an award-winning book...

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