The 2021 Academy Awards are approaching, and while the ceremony itself is changing a bit this year in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, fans everywhere are looking forward to celebrating the best films of the year. One of the many categories that is generating excitement among pop culture aficionados is the Animated Feature category, where five films are competing for the top honor of Best Animated Film of the Year. Luckily for fans who wanted to get a head start on the awards, all five films are available to watch on various streaming platforms.
‘Onward’ is a film that has captured the imagination of viewers
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All five contenders for Best Animated Feature are winners in one way or another, but “Onward” is a particular fan favorite. The film, which hit theaters in February 2021, is about two brothers who set out to find a mythical artifact that could bring their long-dead father back to life. Full of emotion, family drama and flights of fantasy, “Onward” is available to watch on Disney+, free for subscribers to the platform.
‘Over the Moon’ is a Netflix hit
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Over the Moon is a computer-animated musical fantasy released in October 2020. An Asian-inspired adventure, ”Over the Moon” tells the story of a girl who builds a rocket to the moon to prove the existence of a magical, mysterious moon goddess. Fans who want to experience the magic for themselves can watch the film on Netflix, where it is currently available to stream for subscribers.
‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ is a fantasy adventure
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The British stop-motion animated comedy “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” is in the style of the successful franchise “Wallace and Gromit”: Farmageddon was released in the UK in 2019, but found its way to Netflix in early 2020. With dry humor and wit, the film tells how Shaun and his sheep friends work to help a cute alien find its way home. Available for free to all Netflix subscribers, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a crowd and critic favorite.
Where can fans watch the hit movie Soul?
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Soul is one of Disney’s most recent and popular animated films, and it has created quite a stir. The film deals with profound themes about life, death and the afterlife and features a star-studded cast of voice actors, including Jamie Foxx. While some critics claimed the film was a little too deep for younger viewers, critics can’t get enough – and it has multiple Academy Award nominations for the 2021 awards show. Viewers can watch the film on the Disney+ streaming platform, which is free for all subscribers.
‘Wolfwalkers’ received critical acclaim
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The fifth film nominated in the Best Animated Feature category is Wolfwalkers, an Apple TV+ original. Wolfwalkers, the third installment of director Tomm Moore’s “Irish Folklore Trilogy,” is a beautiful animated study of a classic Irish myth. The film has already won several awards, and if it wins the Academy Awards, it will be one of the most critically acclaimed animated projects in recent years. Fans will be able to watch the film on Apple TV+, one of the newer streaming platforms on the market, ahead of the 2021 Academy Awards.
All of these brilliant animated films should give fans plenty to enjoy as they prepare for the big awards show in April.