ON THE VERY DAY it’s hit theaters amid mostly positive reviews, “Wreck-It Ralph” has received more good news:

The new Disney release is among 21 films officially submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for next February’s 85th Academy Awards.

“Wreck-It Ralph” (© 2012 DISNEY/.)

Other entirely expected candidates include such box-office champs as Pixar’s “Brave,” Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and Paramount/DreamWorks’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

“ParaNorman” (LAIKA/.)


Other notable candidates include “From Up on Poppy Hill,” from Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Studio Ghibli (and scripted by the master himself); “A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman” (voices include Python members themselves); Sony’s “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (from the acclaimed folks at Aardman); and Paramount/DreamWorks’ star-studded “Rise of the Guardians” (due out Nov. 21);

The other candidates are: “Adventures in Zambezia” (aka “Zambezia”), “Delhi Safari,” ”Hey Krishna,” “The Mystical Laws,” “The Painting,” “The Rabbi’s Cat,” “Secret of the Wings,” “Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas” and “Zafara.”

The Oscar nominees in all categories will be announced Jan. 10.

The Academy Awards broadcast, on ABC, will be Feb. 24 live from the Hollywood & Highland Center.