‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Mickey Mouse,’ Harry Shearer Win Primetime Emmys

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Last night was a night of cartoon firsts at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards as Bob’s Burgers and Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer each won their first Emmy Award. Disney’s Mickey Mouse won its second straight Emmy for Short-Format Animated Progrma, and Game of Thrones picked up its fourth straight Emmy for Special and Visual Effects.

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Shearer, who is the only primary member the Simpsons cast to have not won an Emmy in the twenty-five years that the show has aired, finally won this year for his performances of Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, and Smithers in the episode “Four Regrettings And A Funeral.” He is currently performing in a London play and did not attend the Emmy ceremony. Ironically, Shearer won in a year when The Simpsons were denied an animated program Emmy nom for the first time ever.

Bob’s Burgers beat out Archer, Futurama, South Park, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the main animated program prize. A complete list of winners from last night is below.

Outstanding Animated Program

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
“Mazel Tina”

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program

Mickey Mouse (Disney Channel)
‘O Sole Minnie

Outstanding Special And Visual Effects

Game Of Thrones (HBO)
“The Children”
Joe Bauer, Lead Visual Effects Supervisor Joern Grosshans, Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Coordinator Eric Carney, Visual Effects Previs Lead
Sabrina Gerhardt, Visual Effects Animation Producer
Matthew Rouleau, CG Supervisor
Thomas H. Schelesny, CG Sequence Supervisor Robert Simon, Visual Effects Concept Designer

Outstanding Special And Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

Black Sails (Starz)
“I.”
Erik Henry, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Graff, Visual Effects Supervisor George Murphy, Visual Effects Supervisor Annemarie Griggs, Visual Effects Producer Mitch Claspy, Visual Effects Coordinator
Jeremy Hattingh, Visual Effects On-set Lead Doug Hardy, Special Effects Lead
Nick Hsieh, Compositing Lead Steve Messing, Matte Artist

Outstanding Original Main Title Design

True Detective (HBO)
Patrick Clair, Creative Director
Raoul Marks, Animator
Jennifer Sofio Hall, Creative Producer

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Harry Shearer as Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Younger Burns, Smithers
The Simpsons “Four Regrettings And A Funeral”

Outstanding Individual Achievements In Animation (Juried)

Adventure Time
“Wizards Only, Fools”
Nick Jennings, Art Director, Cartoon Network

Disney Gravity Falls
“Dreamscaperers”
Ian Worrel, Art Director, Disney Channel

Disney Mickey Mouse, ‘O Sole Minnie, Narina Sokolova, Background Designer, Disney Channel

Disney Mickey Mouse
“The Adorable Couple”
Valerio Ventura, Background Designer, Disney Channel

Long Live The Royals
Sean Szeles, Storyboard Artist
Cartoonetwork.com

The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed
Jasmin Lai, Background Painter, Cartoon Network

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise
Cameron Baity, Animator, Adult Swim

The Simpsons
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV”
Dima Malanitchev, Color Design Director, Fox

The Simpsons
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV”
Charles Ragins, Background Designer, Fox

Uncle Grandpa
“Afraid of the Dark”
Nick Edwards, Character Design, Cartoon Network

[This story has been updated to reflect that the "Disney Mickey Mouse" shorts won its second Emmy for Short-format Animated Program, and not its first.]


  • Alexei Baboulevitch

    Glad to see Bob’s Burgers getting the recognition it deserves. It’s so wonderful to have an adult animated show that’s not full of repulsive characters and cliche, depressing plots.

    (I was sad to see the fairly lukewarm/negative reaction to the show in previous CB threads, but I guess that was for season 1.)

    • Josh Moore

      I agree, it’s probably one of those few FOX animated shows right now that just wants to be a good show and not just existing in wanting to cash in on doing something mindless again and again & I’m happy Bob’s Burgers finally got an Emmy they deserved.

    • jonhanson

      One of the things I like is that the family truly seems working class and every member of the family truly loves each-other without being overly sentimental. It’s a balance that’s been rare, with the epitome to me being early Simpsons. Lately I feel like every show has an underlying cynicism and acidity and so Bob’s is a breath of fresh air.

    • http://aaandb.blogspot.com Aaron R.R.R. Nance

      The pacing is a little slower than a lot of shows which I think at first viewing can make them seem less interesting but the show has a charm and texture all its own that grows on you pretty quickly if you let it.

  • 420 も や せ

    Finally. Bob’s Burgers is one of the best shows right now.

  • Ant G

    I stopped watching Simpsons long ago but if Shearer has always played mr.Burns and Smithers, that award was long overdue. Great voice acting and very diverse

  • Roberto Severino

    Bob’s Burgers deserves all the recognition it can possibly get hands down. Great show that was underrated for such a long time for some reason. Also congrats to the team who worked on those Mickey Mouse shorts and the highly talented Harry Shearer for their Emmies.

  • Josh Moore

    Nice to see that all the nominees for OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN ANIMATION won the award especially for Gravity Falls. It’s probably the best Disney TV cartoon right now.

  • Rocketberry

    Isn’t this Mickey’s 2nd emmy?

    • AmidAmidi

      You are correct. I’ve updated the story, and added a correction.

  • AmidAmidi

    You are correct. Story has been updated and correction added at the end.

  • Alexei Baboulevitch

    Even the “joke” characters have gotten fleshed out over time. Frond meets a kindred spirit in the museum. Gayle (and Dr. Yap) help Louise overcome her fears. Pesto is shown to have an amicable relationship with Linda. Practically nobody in the show is one-dimensional.

  • Bob

    Just goes to show…it’s all politics.

  • Yanno

    Disney should take a crack at reviving one of their TRULY neglected early characters: Horace Horsecollar! That nag was there at the start and watched Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy become animation icons while he remained as forgotten as the conspicuous leather neckwear for which he was so crudely named. (Just who the hell created Horace, anyway? Possibly Walt, Ub, or maybe Webb Smith?) Look – Horace is a virtual blank slate, so he has only one direction to grow as a cartoon character. Best of all, he’s still 100% property of Disney, so he’s like found money, just what they like and, as the whole world knows, need.

    • http://www.markkb.com/ Mark Kéy-Balchin

      He was in House of Mouse as the video technician, and he’s one of the main cast in 2013′s “Get A Horse”. He also has bit roles in quite a few of the DTV movies (like The Three Musketeers), so it’s not like they’ve forgotten him entirely.

      As for who created him, it was apparently a collab between Ub and Walt.

  • Ted

    Congrats to the Mickey Mouse team – these are his best cartoons in 80 years!

  • kkakuoku

    I just got into Bob’s Burgers and I’m pretty much on board with it for the same reasons as everyone else. The whole cynicism/misanthropy boom in television comedy is a bit grating to me (well, even more than a bit) so it’s nice to see something that naturally good-natured and impish on the air succeed.

    And for those of you who are still beleaguered by Uncle Grandpa, repeat my mantra:
    “At least it’s not Jonny Test!”