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‘Zootopia’ Wins 6 Annie Awards, Including Best Animated Feature (Complete List of Winners & Analysis)

“I’ve been to several Annies and this by far is the fucking weirdest one ever,” said Zootopia co-director Rich Moore, as he accepted the Annie Award for directing an animated feature production.

At one point of the evening, Glen Keane and former NBA star Kobe Bryant did some shtick onstage.
At one point of the evening, Glen Keane and former NBA star Kobe Bryant did some shtick onstage.

It was one of six awards that Zootopia won at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 44th annual Annie Awards, which took place tonight at Royce Hall on campus of University of California, Los Angeles. The Disney film also won the top prize for animated feature, as well as recognition for best writing in an animated feature. In all, the Walt Disney Company won 11 out of the 31 awards that were voted on by ASIFA-Hollywood members.

Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings managed three wins from ten nominations. Impressively, it included wins for character animation and production design in an animated feature, as well as editing, but with all the momentum Kubo had going into the Annies, the results can be seen as largely disappointing, especially compared to Zootopia’s haul.

Michael Dudok de Wit won the independent animated feature category for his co-production with Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle. That win will give him a boost of recognition heading into the Oscars, where his film is one of the five nominees alongside Zootopia and Kubo.

On the television side, Bob’s Burger’s won for both general audience tv production and writing in an tv/broadcast production, but another significant winner was Dreamworks’ Trollhunters, which picked up three honors for character animation, character design, and storyboarding in a tv production.

The evening was easily the most political Annie Awards ever, with references opposing Trump’s immigration ban made by Jan Pinkava, who spoke while accepting for the Google Spotlight Stories team, the Spaniards at Headless who won character design for Trollhunters, voice actor Carlos Alazaraqui, and Pearl production designer Tuna Bora, among others. The most blunt political statement of the evening was uttered by writer Wendy Molyneux, while accepting an award with her sister for Bob’s Burger’s:

It was also refreshing to see greater diversity among the Annie winners tonight, something that was noticeable only because it has been missing so often in the past. Veteran animator Marlon West, an African-American artist, won his supervision of Moana’s effects animation, and among his effects leads was a woman artist, Erin V. Ramos. Also, four awards in tv/broadcast production—writing, production design, editing, and storyboarding—were won by woman as well.

The short film winners at the Annies tonight provide almost no clarity on the Oscar category. The winner for animated special production was Rob Valley’s one-man indie masterpiece Pear Cider and Cigarettes while Alan Barillaro’s Pixar short Piper won for animated short subject. But then, Patrick Osborne’s Google short Pearl picked up three important Annies, for best directing, music, and production design in a tv/broadcast production. So, three of the five Oscar nominees came up as big winners tonight.

A complete list of winners can be found below.

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

 

Best Animated Feature

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Feature – Independent

  • The Red Turtle – Studio Ghibli – Wild Bunch – Why Not Productions

Best Animated Special Production

  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Piper – Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

  • Loteria ‘Night Shift’ – Passion Pictures Ltd

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

  • Tumble Leaf – Episode: Mighty Mud Movers / Having a Ball – Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

  • Adventure Time – Episode: Bad Jubies – Bix Pix Entertainment Cartoon Network Frederator Studios

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers – Episode: Glued, Where’s My Bob? – Bento Box Entertainment

Best Student Film

  • Citipati – Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

 

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Head of Effects Animation: Marlon West, Effects Lead: Erin V. Ramos, Effects Lead: Blair Pierpont, Foundation Effects Lead: Ian J. Coony
    Effects Lead: John M. Kosnik

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • Dr. Strange – Mirror Dimension – Marvel Studios -FX Supervisor: Georg Kaltenbrunner, Digital Artist : Michael Marcuzzi, Digital Artist : Thomas Bevan, Digital Artist : Andrew Graham, Digital Artist: Jihyun Yoon

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters – Episode: Becoming, Part 1, DreamWorks Animation Television, Character Animator: Mike Chaffe Character: Blinky, Aaarrrgghh!!

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Animator: Jan Maas Character: Multiple

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • The Jungle Book – Walt Disney Pictures – Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones, Animation Supervisor: Peta Bayley, Animation Supervisor: Gabriele Zucchelli, Character Supervisor: Benjamin Jones

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief ‘s End – Naughty Dog – Lead Animator: Jeremy Yates Character: All, Lead Animator: Almudena Soria Character: All, Lead Animator: Eric Baldwin Character: All, Lead Animator: Paul Davies Character: All, Lead Animator: Tom Bland Character: All

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters – Episode: Win, Lose or Draal – DreamWorks Animation Television – Character Designer: Victor Maldonado, Character: All Characters, Character Designer: Alfredo Torres, Character: All Characters, Character Designer: Jules Rigolle Character: All Characters

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Character Design : Cory Loftis Character: Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Flash, Chief Bogo, Clawhauser, Mr. Big, Fru Fru, Koslov, Bellwether, Yax, Finnick, Doug, Mr. and Mrs. Otterton, Duke Weaselton, Misc. Characters

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures – Director: Patrick Osborne

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Director: Byron Howard, Director: Rich Moore

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures – Composer: Scot Stafford, Composer/Lyricist: Alexis Harte, Composer/Lyricist: JJ Wiesler

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • The Little Prince – Netflix and On Animation Studios – Composer: Hans Zimmer, Composer: Richard Harvey, Composer/Lyricist: Camille (no last name)

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures – Production Design: Tuna Bora

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Production Design: Nelson Lowry, Production Design: Trevor Dalmer, Production Design: August Hall, Production Design: Ean McNamara

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters – Episode: Win, Lose or Draal – DreamWorks Animation Television – Storyboard Artist: Hyunjoo Song

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Storyboard Artist: Dean Wellins

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show – Episode: Ponce de León – DreamWorks Animation Television – Cast: Carlos Alazaraqui Character: Ponce de León

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production—TIE

  • Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios- Voice Actress: Auli’i Cravalho Character: Moana
  • ZootopiaWalt Disney Animation Studios – Voice Actor: Jason Bateman Character: Nick Wilde

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers – Episode: The Hormone-iums – Bento Box Entertainment – Writer: Lizzie Molyneux, Writer: Wendy Molyneux

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Writer: Jared Bush, Writer: Phil Johnston

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: Sock Burglar – Disney Television Animation – Nominee: Illya Owens

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two StringsLAIKA – Nominee: Christopher Murrie

 

JURIED AWARDS

 

Winsor McCay Award – for their career contributions to the art of animation

  • Dale Baer
  • Caroline Leaf
  • Mamoru Oshii

Ub Iwerks Award – for technical advancement in the art of animation

  • Google Spotlight’s Virtual Reality Platform

Special Achievement Award

  • Life, Animated

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

  • Bill & Sue Kroyer

Certificate of Merit

  • Leslie Ezeh
  • Gary Perkovac
  • Memorian

    It would be wonderful if Kubo could walk away with Best animated feature but…. that’s a long shot at the Annie’s. I hope it at least walks away with SOMETHING.

    • John Friedrich

      I’m more miffed that Piper won for animated short. Fluff pieces keep winning the animated short awards when films with a powerful message like The Dam Keeper get passed by.

      • Memorian

        ooo I was unaware of the other animated shorts in that category and really liked Piper so I was glad it won. I’ve yet to see “The Dam Keeper” you’re definitely right though. I feel like so many of these awards are won simply because people haven’t even bothered to check the others out, so Disney/Pixar will win by default.

        How many times have we heard that sentiment when it comes to those anonymous Oscar voters. I wouldn’t be surprised. I really wish that these Awards places would hold their own screens and voters must be in attendance for them to vote in a category and if you do not attend the verified screening you’re NOT permitted to vote in a category. I don’t see how it’s fair to any of the nominees to have someone vote and judge their work if they haven’t even seen it.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Even better was what I said years ago about these ‘academies’ (the Oscars and the Annies) having people decide the films and not bothering to see them; they both need to have paid employees (fully vetted) of these ‘academies’ willing to do NOTHING but be paid a salary to see animated movies for a year and then decide what ones get an award rather than just have actors and technicians just decide like they usually do.

          • Memorian

            That woud be pretty good. But how much would you think would be a good salary to pay someone to watch films just to decide on rewards? They’re not exactly critics. They’re watching films all year around and then voting within a limited period. How many people would they have to pay?? It’d have to be a big pool of people. That just seems like it could be a lot of waste in spending. Instead of holding Screenings that are mandatory to attend if you want to cast a vote in a specific category.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Look Memorian, the system as it is now isn’t working anyway; the much-vaunted Academy ‘members’ aren’t watching any of the animated movies in a year anyway-all that they do is watch a few (American) domestic releases, then they vote for the Disney movie or they abstain, saying something like ‘Chinese fucking things’ to show they didn’t see the foreign ones.

            My system would have people deciding for this ‘Academy’ that give a frak about movies, and would watch everything as much as possible, so anything (from comedy to drama) would at least get a chance at an award, and the ‘Academy’ would get a bit of a cultural shake-up-imagine seeing Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter be in the race for Best Picture? Or instead of (as good as it was ) just Big Hero 6 winning Best Animated, The Tale Of Princess Kayuga won? Or Persepolis winning instead of Ratatouille (or as I call it, Rataspewy?) That’s why I think my system should be adapted even with all of the problems of implementing it.

          • Memorian

            I understand that the current system doesn’t work. Thats why I say Mandatory screenings. If you choose to go to the screening. Then you CAN vote in the category. If you choose not to go to a screening then you can’t vote.

            If you were to pay people to see these movies and vote, the pool of people voting would be much smaller than what we have already since the academy isn’t going to be able to afford paying so much people. Once you start paying people things start to get dicey. Who’s to say that the Academy wouldn’t only want to accept people that fit their certain agenda of who they think can judge film well? And just because you’re paying people to see all these films doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll come out voting for them and if it’s salaried that doesn’t mean they’re required to see every film. They might not even watch all of the films. They could be salaried and still choose to see only the films they like or would be interested in. People in the academy already believe they “give a frak about movies”. That’s why they give their dumb uninformed opinions about animation in the first place.

          • Dusty Ayres

            My system would have about 50 or so people (the same number of people deciding movies now ) doing this, and as I said, because they’re paid to do this, they’re dedicated to it, not just blase about it. That’s better than having somebody who knows frak-all about animation just selecting a Disney movie that was released that year for Best Animated Picture and nothing else.

      • Hankenshift

        Piper was an excellent short, while dam keeper fell short in both the story and character department. Their resort is even weaker in that regard.

  • ea

    The Red Turtle could be this decade’s Spirited Away: a Ghibli film that beat two Disney movies.

    • Oscar

      but Spirited Away it is still a Disney movie

      • It was distributed by Disney, not produced by Disney. That’s a big difference.

        • Luke

          If you want to get technical, Walt Disney Japan was a partner on Spirited Away and most of Ghibli’s movies after that.

          • Angelina

            Youch >.< Luke coming in with the facts

      • Alonzo Machin

        In terms of distribution. You wouldn’t call classic Disney films RKO pictures just because they were the distributors.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      Not happening. Not enough voters will have seen it. Heck, *I* haven’t been able to see it yet.

      Still bitter about Your Name.’s absence at the Oscars. :(

    • Sara Bersani

      I really hope so

  • Marc Hendry

    Was Glen Keane there just to present, or was there any update on what he’s doing at the moment?

    • ben

      He presented with Kobe, and they talked about their collaborative short, “Dear Basketball”

  • Well, at least Kubo won some awards and was recognized for its attention to detail.

    Also glad to see Trollhunters winning a few awards too. :D

  • ReptilePatrol

    Gravity Falls missing Best Writing for a TV Production was pretty disappointing, especially given that it was a strong contender there and this was its last year eligible for awards. However on the bright side, I’m pretty glad The Little Prince went home with a trophy.

  • Higitus Figitus

    Can’t see where this praise for Zootopia comes from. Except for the catchy yet ridiculous pseudo-tolerance theme among carnivores and herbivores. So forced, populist out of touch eye candy so sweet you get diabetese just looking at it. Soon to be forgotten.

  • Sara Bersani

    Yawn