DreamWorks Animation proved who was truly awesome at this year’s 36th Annual Annie Awards.
Kung Fu Panda won 15 Annies including Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Character Animation, Directing, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Writing. The balance of DreamWorks’ wins went to its D2D Secrets of the Furious Five.Kung Fu Panda also received the Best Animated Video Game.
“ASIFA-Hollywood extends congratulations to all of the winners this year,” said ASIFA-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian. “As in year’s past, we had an excellent pool of talent and productions entered making it another difficult year to decide who should win.”
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, 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 we re from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.
The Annie Awards ceremony will also be webcasted on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. A highlighted list of winners is included below. For a complete list of nominees and winners go to www.anniesaward.org.
ANIMATED FEATURE: Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation
ANIMATED HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION: Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs – The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death – Aardman Animations Ltd.*
ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION: Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II - ShadowMachine*
ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION/CHILDREN: Avatar: The Last Airbender – Nickelodeon
DIRECTING /ANIMATED FEATURE: John Stevenson & Mark Osborne; Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation
DIRECTING/ TV OR SHORT FORM: Joaquim Dos Santos; Avatar: The Last Airbender; “Sozin’s Comet Pt. 3” – Nickelodeon
VOICE ACTING/ANIMATED FEATURE: Dustin Hoffman, Shifu; Kung Fu Panda - DreamWorks Animation
VOICE ACTING/TV OR SHORT FORM: Ahmed Best; Jar Jar Binks; Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II- ShadowMachine
WRITING/ANIMATED FEATURE: Jon Aibel & Glenn Berger; Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation
WRITING/ TV OR SHORT FORM: Tom Root, Douglas Goldstein, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wells, Breckin Meyer; Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II – ShadowMachine
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
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT AWARD - Amir Avni, Mike Fontanelli, Kathy Turner, Alex Vassilev