Animated Shorts: Annie Award Nominations

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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced their nominations yesterday for its 36th Annual Annie Awards. The awards are giving out for recognizing the year’s best animated features, TV productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda led the field with 17 nominations out of 27 overall for the studio, including Best Animated Feature, character animation, character design, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice acting and writing. Walt Disney’s Bolt received 9 nominations and Pixar’s and its Best Animated Feature “Wall-E” received 8 nominations. Completing the Best Animated Feature category is Sony Pictures Classics Waltz With Bashir and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films $9.99.

Nickelodeon led the pack in television with 12 nominations, including two for Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children: Avatar:The Last Airbender and The Mighty B!.

Special juried awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation are: Winsor McCay recipients - Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park for career contributions to the art of animation; June Foray award - Bill Turner for significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation; and Certificate of Merit award - Amir Avini, Mike Fontanelli, Kathy Turner, Alex Vassilev.

The industry’s oldest and most prestigious award, The Annie Award is considered an important industry benchmark and an annual predictor of the Academy Award for Animation. The winner of the most coveted and high profile Best Animated Feature, Annie has gone on to claim the Oscar for animation every year but one since its inception.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.

“On behalf of ASIFA-Hollywood, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees and award recipients for their outstanding work and look forward to a very exciting ceremony in January,” said ASIFA-Hollywood President, Antran Manoogian.

Winners will be announced at the 36th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. A selected list of categories is included below. For a complete listing of Annie Award nominations and event information, please go to www.annieawards.org. For tickets, advertising, sponsorship opportunities and up-to-the minute information on the 36th Annual Annie Awards, visit www.annieawards.org.

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

• Best Animated Feature

Bolt – Walt Disney

Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

$9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Film

Wall•E – Pixars

Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics

• Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

Batman: Gotham Knight – Warner Bros.

Christmas Is Here Again – Easy To Dream Entertainment

Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs – The Curiosity Company/20th Century Fox

Justice League: The New Frontier – Warner Bros.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – DisneyToon Studios

• Best Animated Short Subject

“Glago’s Guest” – Walt Disney

“Hot Dog” – Bill Plympton

“Presto” – Pixars

“Sebastian’s Voodoo” – Joaquin Baldwin

“Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death” – Aardman

• Best Animated Television Production

King of the Hill – 20th Century Fox

Moral Orel – ShadowMachine

Phineas and Ferb – Disney Television

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II - ShadowMachine

The Simpsons – Gracie Films/Fox TV

• Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children

A Miser Brothers Christmas – Warner Bros.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Nickelodeon

Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination – Cartoon Network

The Mighty B! – Nickelodeon

Underfist: Halloween Bash – Cartoon Network

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

• Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen; The Tale Of Despereaux – Universal Pictures

Ari Folman Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics

Tatia Rosenthal 9.99 – Sherman Pictures/ Lama Films

John Stevenson, Mark Osborne Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

Andrew Stanton Wall•E – Pixar

• Directing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Bob Anderson - The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror XIX” – Gracie Films/Fox TV

Joaquim Dos Santos – Avatar: The Last Airbender “Sozin’s Comet Pt. 3” – Nickelodeon

Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti - Foster’s Home/Imaginary Friends “Destination Imagination” – Cartoon Network Studios

Chris McKay – Moral Orel “Passing” – ShadowMachine

Alan Smart - SpongeBob SquarePants “Penny Foolish” – Nickelodeon

• Music in an Animated Feature Production

Kevin Manthei – Batman: Gotham Knight – Warner Bros.

John Powell – Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who – Blue Sky Studios

Max Richter – Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics

William Ross – The Tale Of Despereaux – Universal Pictures

Hans Zimmer & John Powell – Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

• Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Carl Finch & Brave Combo - Click and Clack’s “As the Wrench Turns – CTTV Productions

Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer & John Powell – Secrets of the Furious Five – DreamWorks

Kevin Kiner – Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rising Malevolence – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.

Guy Moon – Back at the Barnyard “Cowman: The Uddered Avenger – Nickelodeon/Omation

Guy Michelmore –Growing Up Creepie: Rockabye Freakie – Taffy Entertainment LLC

• Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Ben Burtt – Voice of Wall•E – Wall•E” – Pixars

Dustin Hoffman – Shifu – Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

James Hong – Mr. Ping – Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

Ian McShane – Tai Lung – Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

Mark Walton – Rhino – Bolt – Walt Disney

• Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Ahmed Best – Jar Jar Binks – Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II - ShadowMachine

Seth MacFarlane – Peter Griffin – Family Guy “I Dream of Jesus” – Fox TV/Fuzzy Door

Dwight Schultz – Mung Daal – Chowder “Apprentice Games” – Cartoon Network

• Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Jon Aibel & Glenn Berger –Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks

Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath – Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa – DreamWorks

Ari Folman – Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics

Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio – Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who – Blue Sky Studios

• Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Joel H. Cohen – The Simpsons “The Debarted” – Gracie Films/Fox TV

Scott Kreamer – El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera “Mustache Love” – Nickelodeon

Paul McEvoy and Todd Berger – Secrets of the Furious Five – DreamWorks

Tom Root, Douglas Goldstein, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wells – Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II – ShadowMachine

Chris Williams – Glago’s Guest – Walt Disney

JURIED AWARDS

• Winsor McCay recipients - for career contributions to the art of animation.

Mike Judge – Creator of Beavis & Butt-Head, King of the Hill and The Animation Show.

John Lasseter – Founder of Pixar

Nick Park – Founder of Aardman

• June Foray Award – for significant, benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

Bill Turner

• Certificate of Merit award

Amir Avini

Mike Fontanelli

Kathy Turner

Alex Vassilev

MORE HOLIDAY TREATS & TURKEYS

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NICK JR.

Nick Jr. celebrates the holidays with “Frosty Fridays” mini-marathons of holiday episodes every Friday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (eastern). Preschoolers can enjoy a brand-new episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Friday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m. The marathons will also include seasonal episodes of Nick Jr.’s hit series The Wonder Pets!, The Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, and Yo Gabba Gabba!

Dec. 5

9:00 am The Backyardigans “The Yeti”

9:30 Go, Diego, Go! “Diego the Hero”

10:00 The Wonder Pets! “Save the Penguin”

10:30 Dora the Explorer “South Pole”

11:00 Ni Hao, Kai-lan “The Snowiest Ride”

11:30 Max & Ruby “Max’s Mix Up/Max’s Snow Bunny/Max’s Snow Day”

Noon Dora the Explorer “Dora Saves the Snow Princess”

1:00 pm The Backyardigans “The Yeti”

1:30 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! "A Great and Grumpy Holiday/The Super-Special Gift"

Wubbzy and friends go up to Mt. Zubba Bubba to get a Christmas tree for Wuzzleburg Square and are chased by Old Man Grumpus. Wubbzy wants to thank Daizy for her help decorating the Wubb Club

Dec. 12 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m. The Backyardigans “Secret of Snow”

9:30 Go, Diego, Diego! “Diego Saves Christmas

10:00 The Wonder Pets! “Save the Nutcracker”

10:30 Dora the Explorer “A Present for Santa”

11:00 Max & Ruby “M & R’s Christmas Tree/Grandma’s Present/Max & Ruby’s Snow Plow”

11:30 Yo Gabba Gabba “Christmas”

NOON. Dora the Explorer “South Pole”

12:30 p.m. Go, Diego, Diego! “Diego Saves Christmas”

1:00 The Backyardigans “Secret of Snow”

1:30 Wow Wow Wubbzy! “O Figgity-Fig Tree/Snow Day”

Dec. 19 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m. The Backyardigans “The Snow Fort”

9:30 Go, Diego, Go! “Macky the Macaroni Penguin”

10:00 The Wonder Pets! “Save the Reindeer”

10:30 Dora the Explorer “South Pole”

11:00 Ni Hao, Kai-lan “The Snowiest Ride”

11:30 Yo Gabba Gabba “Christmas”

NOON. Dora the Explorer “A Present for Santa”

12:30 p.m. Go, Diego, Go! “Macky the Macaroni Penguin”

1:00 The Backyardigans “The Snow Fort”

1:30 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! "A Great and Grumpy Holiday/The Super-Special Gift"

ADULT SWIM

Adult Swim is celebrating the holiday with a seven-hour marathon, featuring 13 Christmas-themed episodes from a long list of original series. Beginning at 11 p.m. (eastern) on Friday Dec. 19, spread holiday cheer with original series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken, Boondocks, Moral Orel, Suidbillies, Sealab 2021, Tom Goes to The Mayor and Venture Bros. Christmas episodes from Family Guy and Astro Boy will also be included in the marathon.

Waittaminute...[AS] still has Astro Boy and they don’t air it regularly. Shame on them.

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