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  Cartoon films get their own Oscar
Updated 13 December 2001, 17.15

Cartoon films like Shrek and Monsters, Inc are finally in with a chance of winning an Oscar.

The Oscars are the biggest, best-loved film awards in America and a new category has been made just for movies like these.


Animated films are often some of the biggest hits of the year - Shrek and Monsters, Inc both took more than 130m at the box office.

But they are hardly ever put up for the best film Oscar, because nominations normally go to more serious films like Gladiator and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Fact File
Cartoons nominated
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu
Monsters, Inc
Osmosis Jones
The Prince of Light
Shrek
The Trumpet of the Swan
Waking Life

To be in with a chance to be nominated, cartoon films must be more than 70 minutes long.

Three of the biggest films of all time in America are cartoons - The Lion King, Shrek and Toy Story 2.

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was the first cartoon movie to get an Oscar - and its filmmakers were given one big award and seven little matching ones..


 
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