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Arthur Out at Oscars, In for Sequels

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has confirmed that ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES has been disqualified for the Oscar's Animated Feature category. The Academy ruled that the Luc Besson directed film does not have the required amount of animation (75% of the film's running time) to compete in the category. Due to this decision, only 15 films have been ruled eligible, which drops the number of nomination slots to three.

However, VARIETY reports that Besson plans to move ahead with plans to turn the property into a trilogy. ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES, which is titled ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS outside the U.S., has made 65 million Euros across Europe. Besson will prep ARTHUR AND THE VENGEANCE OF MALTHAZAR for 2009 and ARTHUR AND THE WAR OF TWO WORLDS for 2010. Previously, Besson announced that the first ARTHUR would be his last film as a director. The franchise is based on the director's children's book series.

ARTHUR follows a boy who is transported into the tiny world of the Minimoys. The film opens in the U.S. on Jan. 12, 2007.

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