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    Oscars 2020: The Early Contenders for Animated Feature Film

    Thirty-two films from around the world, representing diverse techniques, are in the race for the Academy Award.

    The international toon boom continues as a record 32 movies compete for the animated feature Oscar, representing a wide range of techniques. Once again, meticulous hand-drawn and stop-frame projects compete alongside a variety of high-end computer-generated offerings. Even so, box office has been down in the sector. Since Disney declined to submit its blockbuster “The Lion King” remake, only one contender, “Toy Story 4,” has surpassed $200 million domestically — although it could face competition from quality auteur works made at a fraction of the budget.

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