Let’s Watch and Talk About the Annie Awards Together

The rest of America can have their Super Bowl tomorrow, but the animation world’s big night is TONIGHT. Slap on your cleanest pair of underwear or panties, wedge that huge tub of ice cream inbetween your legs, and settle in to watch the livestream of the 41st annual Annie Awards from the solitary comfort of your couch. The video below will begin live from Los Angeles at 7pm PT/10pm ET.

It’s almost a given that Disney’s Frozen will take home the main feature film award. The only question is how many total awards it will win out of its 10 nominations. The Annies also honor TV shows, video games, and shorts so there will be plenty of winners. Here’s the complete list of 2014 nominees.

Voice actor (and Seinfeld’s Puddy) Patrick Warburton will host the ceremony. Disney Imagineer Alice Davis will be presented with a June Foray award, and Dragonframe stop-motion software will be given the Ub Iwerks Award. The Winsor McCay lifetime achievement recipients this year are Katsuhiro Otomo, Phil Tippett, and Steven Spielberg. (Spielberg has already informed the awards show that he doesn’t plan to attend the ceremony. For the record, ASIFA-Hollywood now considers him to be more of an animation legend than Winsor McCay-less 100-year-old Don Lusk who worked in animation continuously for sixty years, including on 13 Disney features produced under Walt’s personal supervision.)

If you’ve ever watched a livestream of the Annies, you know that a significant part of its charm stems from ASIFA-Hollywood’s sheer incompetence at staging an awards show. Missed presenter cues, malfunctioning technical equipment, awkward pauses in the middle of the ceremony, and groan-inducing jokes by D-list celebrities are par for the course. Often imperfect and frequently embarrassing, the Annies are tolerated—even welcomed—because they give animation artists (except Don Lusk) a moment in the spotlight, and that’s a nice thing.

Also, if you plan to comment on Twitter, tag your thoughts with #Annies and we’ll retweet the best ideas on Cartoon Brew’s Twitter account. Let’s talk Annies!


  • Derreck Garcia

    I’m just being curious, Which Animated TV Series has the most Nominations?

  • Hankenshift

    Anybody ever SEE balto, tin tin, we’re back, or american tail/ 2? Or tiny tunes? Except for a few cg dinosaurs, speilberg’s forays into animation aren’t exactly worth watching.

    • Gage

      I liked Tintin…

    • Austin Papageorge

      Without Spielberg, the current Warner Bros animation studio would not exist. According to Tom Minton, Spielberg’s money built the studio from the ground up.

      http://zvbxrpl.blogspot.com/2007/11/squash-and-stretch-and-sing-off-key.html

      Also, what about Animaniacs or Pinky and the Brain?

      • Hankenshift

        Yeah, but those shows were crap, even if they did make money. Young children buy anything. Besides, spielberg didn’t really have much to do with those shows. WB just bought his name.

        • IJK

          “Yeah, but those shows were crap”

          Immediately throws anything you have to say out the window. That’s entirely your opinion and there’s nothing actually “wrong” with those shows. It isn’t like The Room where if you de-construct it, it’s actually bad on many levels.

        • Austin Papageorge

          Warner Bros bought his name? What about the money that Spielberg ponied up?

        • Inkan1969

          You are aware that both “Tiny Toons” and “Animaniacs” had huge adult fan followings back in their heyday, aren’t you? As comparably big if not bigger than their contemporary fan followings for “Ren and Stimpy” and the “Disney Afternoon” shows; their fan followings were the equivalent of the “My Little Pony” fan following of today.

    • bob

      there is animation innovation in places other than strictly animated cartoon features.

  • Jason

    They put the Annie’s on TV. Maybe the money from the commercials can pay for competent people to air the nominee reel.

  • Hoganilly

    Frau Blucher!

  • David Nethery

    Missed opportunity to honor the great animator Don Lusk. He deserves that award. C’mon ASIFA-Hollywood …

  • Amanda

    Is it just me or is there something wrong with the Annie live feed?

    • AmidAmidi

      It went out for a bit, but it’s back.

  • Darissa Townes

    This is my first time watching the Annie’s, does Disney usually always sweep the awards? Just kidding. Congrats to these guys, whether they won or lost.

  • Hankenshift

    I do have to agree with Amid. Especially regarding Don Lusk.

    The Annies as an award are nice enough. But the SHOW is drivel. Amazing how a show of no doubt talented artists is one of the least imaginative, most boring shows ever. It’s obvious that’s due to the poor leadership of the organization, who have little wit or imagination themselves.

  • Strong Enough

    Spielberg was like f*** this. i’m not wasting 200,000 bucks of my private jet money to go to this. bwawawa

  • Cheese

    Disney’s “Frozen” wins 5 Annie Awards, including Best Animated Picture.

    Source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/00000143-ee99-db67-a5f3-feb9ba080000

  • Inkan1969

    I was there, Hankenshift. I don’t know if there are archives of posts to newsgroups like alt.tv.animaniacs, alt.tv.tiny-toons, or alt.fan.disney-afternoon. But if you find them, you can see that fan traffic was large back when each show had new episodes.