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Let’s hear it for the rats… the bees… and some funny penguins. The contenders for the feature-length animation Oscar were announced Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and they include “Ratatouille,” “Bee Movie,” and “Surf’s Up.”

“Shrek the Third” and “The Simpsons Movie” are also in the running, along with “Beowulf,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks, “Meet the Robinsons,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “TMNT,” “Tekkonkinkreet” and “Persepolis.”