Twelve animated and CG-created pics took their first step in the Oscar race Thursday as they were submitted for best animated feature.
Among the films submitted for consideration are "The Simpsons' Movie," "Alvin and the Chipmunks,""Ratatouille," "Meet the Robinsons," "Surf's Up," "TMNT," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,""Shrek the Third" and "Bee Movie."
Also among those who were submitted is animation hybrid "Beowulf" which features live-action film mixed with CG tones. Adding international flare to the race is France's "Persepolis" and Japan's "Tekkonkinkreet."
"Alvin," "Persepolis" and "Beowulf" were submitted but still need their required qualifying run in Los Angeles.
Of the 12 entries, three will be chosen for the Oscar race. In order to have five nominees, 16 or more films must be submitted.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 22.