BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Seventeen films are eligible to compete for the 2002 feature animation Oscar, including the part live-action "Stuart Little 2."
Among the nominees are four from Disney: "Lilo & Stitch," "Return to Never Land," "Treasure Planet" and "Spirited Away," a 2001 Japanese film released in English this year.
"Spirited Away" is eligible despite its 2001 overseas debut because award regulations allow a one-year grace period for international movies, John Pavlik, spokesman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Wednesday.
"Stuart Little 2" can compete despite its real-life elements because more than 75 percent of it features some sort of animation, Pavlik said.
A maximum of five films can be nominated, but only three made the cut last year, when the category was introduced. The winner was DreamWorks' computer-animated "Shrek."
The horse adventure "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" was DreamWorks' submission this year.
Among the potential nominees were "Ice Age," "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights," "Hey Arnold! The Movie," "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" and "The Wild Thornberrys Movie."
Others on the list were "Alibaba & the Forty Thieves," "Eden," "El bosque animado (The Living Forest)," "Mutant Aliens," "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie" and "The Princess and the Pea."
The entire academy membership votes to narrow the field to the final nominees. Those will be announced Feb. 11. Winners will be honored March 23.