“Rango” tops Annie Award Winners

Rango

Paramount’s Rango won the top feature film honors at the 39th Annual Annie Awards ceremony tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The film also took honors in 4 award categories (others being character design, writing and editing). However, ASIFA voters spread the love by giving the Best Director prize to Jennifer Yuh Nelson for Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 2. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Minkyu Lee’s Adam and Dog.

Other highlights: Michel Gagne’s Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet won for Best Video Game. Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children. The Simpsons took the prize again for Best General Audience TV Production. Character Animation in a Live Action Production was presented to ILM’s work on The Transformers: Dark of The Moon. Awards were given in various categories to Winnie The Pooh, Arthur Christmas and Rise of The Planet of The Apes. Even Spielberg’s Tintin wasn’t overlooked… it won awards for Visual Effects and Music!

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

Winners indicated in bold type:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

A Cat in Paris — Folimage

Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L.

Arthur Christmas — Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Cars 2 — Pixar Animation Studios

Chico & Rita — Chico & Rita Distribution Limited

Kung Fu Panda 2 — DreamWorks Animation

Puss in Boots — DreamWorks Animation

• Rango — Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present
A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Rio — Blue Sky Studios

Tintin — Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

BEST ANIMATED SPECIAL PRODUCTION

Adventure Time: Thank You — Cartoon Network Studios

Batman: Year One — Warner Bros. Animation

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas — Blue Sky Studios

• Kung Fu Panda — Secrets of the Masters — Nickeloden and DreamWorks Animation

Prey 2 —Blur Studio

Star Tours — Industrial Light & Magic

BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT

• Adam and Dog — Minkyu Lee

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat — Warner Bros. Animation

La Luna — Pixar Animation Studios

(Notes on) Biology — Ornana Films

Paths of Hate — Platige Image

Sunday — National Film Board of Canada

The Ballad of Nessie —Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Girl and the Fox — Base14

Wild Life — National Film Board of Canada

BEST ANIMATED TV COMMERCIAL

Geico “Foghorn” – Renegade Animation

McDonald’s “Apple Tree” Duck Studios/Kompost

McDonald’s “Suzi Van Zoom” Duck Studios/Kompost

Norton “Stuff”- Psyop

Statoil “Good Night” – Studio AKA

“The Pirate” – Meindbender

•Twinings “Sea” – Psyop

BEST GENERAL AUDIENCE ANIMATED TV PRODUCTION

Archer — FX Productions

Green Lantern: The Animated Series — Warner Bros. Animation

Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas – Hallmark

MAD — Warner Bros. Animation

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 — Starburns Industries, Inc.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice — Walt Disney Animation Studios

Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

• The Simpsons — Gracie Films

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION – PRESCHOOL

Chuggington — Ludorum plc

• Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Disney Television
Animation

Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse — Disney Television Animation

The WotWots Season 2 — Pukeko Pictures

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION – CHILDREN

Fanboy and Chum Chum — Nickelodeon and Frederator

Kung Fu Panda — Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Penguins of Madagascar — Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

• The Amazing World of Gumball — Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi

BEST ANIMATED VIDEO GAME

Bumpy Road — Simogo

Gears of War 3 — Epic Games

Gesundheit — Konami Digital Entertainment

Ghost Trick: “Phantom Detective” — Capcom

• Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet — Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One — Insomniac Games

Rayman Origins — Ubisoft Montpellier

Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception — Naughty Dog

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

Can Yuksel “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Chase Cooper “Rango” Industrial Light & Magic

Dan Lund “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Dave Tidgwell “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Eric Froemling “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios

Jason Mayer “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Joel Aron “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

Jon Reisch “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios

• Kevin Romond “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Willi Geiger “Rango” Industrial Light & Magic

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Branko Grujcic “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
Industrial Light & Magic

• Florent Andorra “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Industrial Light & Magic

Gary Wu “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic

Lee Uren “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic

Character Animation in a Television Production

Chad Sellers “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Michael Franceschi “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Rebecca Wilson Bresee “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt
Disney Animation Studios

Sihanouk Mariona “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburns
Industries, Inc.

• Tony Smeed “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production

Andreas Deja “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Dan Wagner “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

• Jeff Gabor “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Mark Henn “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Olivier Staphylas “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Patrik Puhala “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Pierre Perifel “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

Andy Arnett “HOP” Rhythm & Hues, Illumination Entertainment

David Lowry “Paul” Double Negative Visual Effects for Universal
Productions/Relativity Media/Working Title Films/Big Talk Productions

• Eric Reynolds “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” 20th Century Fox

Mike Hull “Paul” Double Negative Visual Effects for Universal
Productions/Relativity Media/Working Title Films/Big Talk Productions

Character Design in a Television Production

• Bill Schwab “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice ” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Carl Raggio “Disney Kick Buttowski” Disney Television Animation

Chad Hurd “Archer” FX Productions

Chris Battle “Dan Vs.” Starz Film Roman

Gordon Hammond “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon

Mike Dougherty “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon

Robert Ryan Cory “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network
Studios

Character Design in a Feature Production

Jay Shuster “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios

• Mark “Crash” McCreery “Rango” Paramount Pictures and
Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Patrick Mate “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Peter de Seve “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman
Animations

Sergio Pablos “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Directing in a Television Production

Brian Sheesley “Dan Vs.” Starz Film Roman

Chris Savino & Clay Morrow “ Disney Kick Buttowski” Disney
Television Animation

Dan Riba “Ben 10 Ultimate Alien” Cartoon Network Studios

Duke Johnson “Community” 23 D Films, Inc.

Gabe Swarr “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Ken Bruce “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon

Kevin Deters & Stevie Wermers-Skelton “Prep & Landing: Naughty
vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios

• Matthew Nastuk “The Simpsons” Gracie Films

Mic Graves & Ben Bocquelet “The Amazing World of Gumball”
Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios,
Boulder Media & Studio Soi

Peter Hausner “Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” Wil Film

Steve Loter, Christo Stamboliev, Shaun Cashman, David Knott “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Tony Craig “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark

Directing in a Feature Production

Carlos Saldahna “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Chris Miller “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Don Hall & Stephen Anderson “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Gore Verbinski “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies
present a Blind Wink/GK Films Production

• Jennifer Yuh Nelson “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Kelly Asbury “Gnomeo & Juliet” Touchstone Pictures

Music in a Television Production

Adam Berry, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle “Penguins of
Madagascar” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Ben Locket “The Amazing World of Gumball” Cartoon Network
Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media &
Studio Soi

Frederik Wiedmann “Green Lantern The Animated Series” Warner
Bros. Animation

• Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda “Pixie Hollow
Games” DisneyToon Studios

Kevin Kliesch “Thundercats” Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network

Shawn Patterson, Zeb Wells “Robot Chicken” ShadowMachine and
Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

Music in a Feature Production

Henry Jackman “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

• John Williams “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Mikael Mutti, Siedah Garrett, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, John
Powell, “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Henry Jackman, Robert
Lopez “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Production Design in a Television Production

• Mark Bodnar, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson “Secret
Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network Studios

Peter Martin “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark

Production Design in a Feature Production

Paul Felix “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios

• Raymond Zilbach “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Tom Cardone, Kyle MacNaughton & Peter Chan “Rio” Blue Sky
Studios

Storyboarding in a Television Production

Barry W. Johnson “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Benton Connor “Regular Show” Cartoon Network Studios

• Brian Kesinger “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Dave Thomas “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon

Fred Gonzalez “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon

Joe Mateo “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Justin Nichols “Fanboy & Chum Chum” Nickelodeon &
Frederator

Katie Rice “Fanboy & Chum Chum” Nickelodeon &
Frederator

Rebecca Sugar “Adventure Time” Cartoon Network Studios

Storyboarding in a Feature Production

Bob Logan “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Delia Gosman “Rango” Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon
Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Gary Graham “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

• Jeremy Spears “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation
Studios

Josh Hayes “Rango” Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon
Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Kris Pearn “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman
Animations

Nelson Yokota “Gnomeo and Juliet” Touchstone Pictures

Philip Craven “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Scott Morse “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in a Television Production

Carlos Alazraqui as Denzel Crocker “Fairly OddParents” Nickelodeon

Dan Harmon as Jekyll “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2”
Starburns Industries, Inc.

Daran Norris as Cosmo “Fairly OddParents” Nickelodeon

Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

Diedrich Bader as Batman “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” Warner Bros. Animation

H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer “Archer” FX Productions

• Jeff Bennett as Kowalski “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Jeff B. Davis as Victor Frankenstein “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
Season 2” Starburns Industries, Inc.

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer “Archer” FX Productions

Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt “Archer” FX Productions

Logan Grove as Gumball “The Amazing World of Gumball” Cartoon
Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder
Media & Studio Soi

Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

Scott Adsit as the Creature “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2”
Starburns Industries, Inc.

Tara Strong as Timmy Turner “Fairly OddParents — Operation Dinkleberg” Nickelodeon

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Ashley Jensen as Bryony “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures
Animation, Aardman Animations

• Bill Nighy as Grandsanta “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures
Animation, Aardman Animations

Gary Oldman as Shen “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

James Hong as Mr. Ping “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

Jemaine Clement as Nigel “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

Jim Cummings as Featherstone “Gnomeo and Juliet” Touchstone
Pictures

Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty “Puss in Boots”
DreamWorks Animation

Writing in a Television Production

Blake Lemons, William Reiss, C.H. Greenblatt, Derek Evanick, Diana
Lafyatis, Neil Graf “Disney Fish Hooks — Fish School Musical”
Disney Television Animation

• Carolyn Omine “The Simpsons -Treehouse of Horror XXII” — Gracie Films

Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, Paul
Tibbitt “SpongeBob SquarePants – Patrick’s Staycation”
Nickelodeon

Josh Weinstein “Futurama – All The President’s Heads” The Curiosity
Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Kevin Sullivan, Will Schifrin, Ray DeLaurentis “TUFF Puppy
Thunder Dog” Nickelodeon

Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis “Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 — The Creditor”
Williams Street Studios, Adult Swim

Ray DeLaurentis, Will Schifrin, Kevin Sullivan “Fairly OddParents “Invasion of the Dads” Nickelodeon

Steve Wermers-Skelton, Kevin Deters “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs.
Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in a Feature Production

Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Kathy Greenburg, Emily Cook,
Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton
“Gnomeo & Juliet” Touchstone Pictures

Brian Kesinger, Kendelle Hoyer, Don Dougherty, Clio Chiang, Don
Hall, Stephen Anderson, Nicole Mitchell and Jeremy Spears “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney
Animation Studios

• John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit – “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures
Animation, Aardman Animations

Steve Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cronish “Tintin” Amblin
Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Editing in Television Production

Garret Elkins “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburn
Industries, Inc.

Hugo Morales, Davrick Waltjen, Adam Arnold and Otto Ferrene “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Jason W.A. Tucker “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm
Animation, Ltd.

Paul D. Calder “Futurama” The Curiosity Company in association with
20th Century Fox Television

• Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin “Penguins of
Madagascar” Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Editing in a Feature Production

Clare Knight, A.C.E. “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation

• Craig Wood, A.C.E. “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Eric Dapkewicz “Puss in Boots” DreamWorks Animation

Michael Kahn “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and
Kennedy/Marshall

Stephen Schaffer, A.C.E. “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award — Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring, Ronald Searle

June Foray — Art Leonardi

Special Achievement — Depth Analysis


  • http://toonradio.net Robert

    I have never seen some of these, but that goes with most awards shows. They usually go to stuff no one has seen.

    Congrats to the winners.

    • http://www.mette-tange.blogspot.com MetteTange

      Well… Then you know what to do today :)

      Congratulations to Jeff Gabor – His animation on RIO was absolutely fantastic!

      • Bakshi’s Mouse

        Do you know which scenes he did, Mette?

      • http://www.mette-tange.blogspot.com MetteTange

        I saw this video and thought -”that is some freaking nice work”. – But since I have nothing to do with the Annie people, I can’t be sure of what scenes they were presented for.

        http://vimeo.com/27379093

      • http://www.mette-tange.blogspot.com MetteTange

        I watched this video with his rio animations and thought -”That is some freaking nice work”. But I am not a part of the Annie guys so I cant be sure what scenes they were presented to. http://vimeo.com/27379093

      • Harry T.

        “animations??!!”

      • http://www.mette-tange.blogspot.com MetteTange

        I feel stupid now. Posting the same comment twice and you guys going all question mark on me. He did win right? and there is a link to a video with his work no? mmm What am I getting wrong?

      • http://www.mette-tange.blogspot.com MetteTange

        Alright, sorry! Just realized that you’ll need a password to watch it. It wasn’t private when I posted it. Sorry, my stupid fault.

  • A Painter

    Eric Reynolds “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” 20th Century Fox

    ^ how does ONE guy get an award for Planet of the apes? did he do all the apes on a computer by himself? lol. How does that work? I mean am sure dozens of people animated on that movie.

    • http://www.gfxalchemist.com Eric

      It’s the shots he animated, his shots maybe used as reference for other animators to emulate, just like traditional animation, or he could end up being the go to guy for the character in the show, for example

    • http://www.hunteachother.com Max W.

      As far as I’m aware, the production company nominates people to submit for certain categories, and chooses specific moments or scenes which that person worked on to submit for consideration to the Annies. So he won for his character animation work on the film.

  • Sam

    Wow Pixar went home empty handed…

    While DreamWorks (along with some collaborated with Nickelodeon) got home with a bunch. What are they up to?? It really looks like DreamWorks is taking over Pixar’s number 1 seat now.

    • tedzey

      Major props the Eric Reynolds for helping bring Caesar to life in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and Crash McCreery for making characters in Rango both appealing yet hideous at the same time!

      I think watching the stream while following the CartoonBrew Twitter was the funniest commentary to the award show. Especially when people weren’t showing up to get their awards… one comment that sticks to me is “Kill me now #Annies” (must have been Amid writing that)!

    • Mike Russo

      Well of course Pixar was going to be overlooked this year considering what they put out and what a critical bomb it was. No doubt they’ll be right back in the game this year if Brave proves to be a success. I think a lot of those other films were LUCKY that their Pixar competition was Cars 2.

      • Sam

        What about La Luna? Are the others lucky because their competition was La Luna? Or simply, their competition didn’t have Pixar in them? (Tv series categories). I find that as a poor excuse, considering they are upholding their own pride with the quality over quantity moving making practice, so one crappy movie is really not an excuse.

        Meanwhile, Kudos to DreamWorks for their constant effort to keep pushing to franchise their characters. Po and the KFP characters would be the future generation’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. If Disney and Pixar isn’t careful there.

    • Sarah J

      Naw, just a bump in the road. Just so happened that the film Pixar released this year was… sub-par.

  • chris ure

    Congrats Minkyu, Tony, Bill, Brian and Jeremy!!!

  • Zartok-35

    Nasty Matt wins for The Simpsons. Blandness is the rule, I guess.

  • Matt

    Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee!
    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Gagne/Fuelcell!

    WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!
    At least the folks behind the Annie Awards have some Gosh Darn sense of TASTE!

  • Christian

    Congrats Jake Never Land Pirate Team..”I could not be prouder of you guy!!!!

  • Christian

    Congrats Jake and the NeverLand Pirate TEAM!!! “I could not be prouder of you guy!

  • http://www.davemackey.com Dave Mackey

    Nice to see ASIFA giving Art Leonardi some recognition. Has he ever won the Winsor McCay Award?

  • http://elioliart.com Some Girl

    Congrats! :D

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    the live event was messed up big time. (yes i stayed up to see the Annies)

    yet the results were very fair, even if one seemingly deserved it better.

    The Annies need to go on broadcast TV.

    That one awkward moment where the PBS “Arthur” theme played in front of “Arhtur Christmas”‘ win for something, playing while waiting for the recipents.

    I think the awards were well deserved- everyone’s placing their bet for Rango for the Oscars, so it was fair. Plus some of the other people had a chance.

    Now television was nearly let down having “Prep and Landing 2″ win a lot of Annies.

    Do you think Phineas and Ferb should have had an Annie nomniation?

  • Toonio

    Very fair and balanced. No wonder why animation in general has improved over the years.

    • Ryoku75

      In movies yes, but not on my tube.

  • Bakshi’s Mouse

    I’m so gratified that Kung Fu Panda Secrets of the Masters won an award! The 2-D animation on that short is incredible, especially Matt Williames’.

    Look at it here:

    http://tinyurl.com/mattwkpf

  • Lib

    Totally deserved Best Videogame for Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (at least in terms of visuals, because as a game it could’ve been better), Best Music for Tintin, and production design for Kung Fu Panda 2.

    Although I’d like to know what goes into determining whether a film had a good director. Certainly it can’t be the final result, because Kung Fu Panda 2, as stunning as it looks, is nothing but a retarded succession of fights between stuffed animals and gags that may have been funny if I was three years old, with barely any character motivation and a completely forgettable plot. There, I said it.

  • Scarabim

    I’m so glad Arthur Christmas got a couple of nods. I really enjoyed it and will be buying it on DVD.

    But I’m still ticked that that wonderful TV toon “My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic” didn’t even get nominated for anything. It should at least have gotten a nod for production and character design. In those categories at least, it beats everything else out there. Plus, why no love for Phineas and Ferb?

    No offense to Daran Norris, who provides many fine character voices, but thank God his voice for Cosmo didn’t win. That, among other things, has made that character unbearable to many. Bad writing did the rest.

    Hooray for Prep and Landing winning a few! The original was wonderful, the follow-ups, unfortunately, have been a bit weaker, but overall it’s still such a fun series.

    • Steve Gattuso

      I’ve worked with the Annies in the past, and my experience has been that the reason something like the MLP thing happens is because nobody remembered to submit it for the awards. Production, music, character design, storyboarding, voice acting, writing, direction… Yeah, it probably would have been nominated for all of those if someone had sent in the paperwork and fees. I only hope Hasbro/The Hub doesn’t make the same mistake when it comes to the Emmy’s.

      Now in the past, I recall there being the ability for a jury to add nominees that it feels need to be included, (not sure if that option still remains) but trying to get award juries to overcome that hill is like trying to pick teeth with tweezers.

      I’ll pass a note along to the Bronies about this. I believe they can get Hasbro off their duff, and at least half of season 2 should qualify for 2013′s ceremony.

      And massive congratulations to the winners. All excellent choices.

  • Ro

    Congrats to Jeff Gabor on his win for Rio!

  • Josh

    Well, if Moral Orel didn’t win anything, I suppose I shouldn’t expect Frankenhole to either.

  • Animator

    Why are there so many nominations for each category? 14 nominations for best voice acting in a TV series?? Was it really such a phenomenal year for voice acting? Did every entry submitted get a nomination in hopes of better ratings? Can someone please explain?

  • http://croovman.deviantart.com/gallery/ Stav Levi (croovman)

    So happy for the people at Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, they deserve it.
    Also, Gumball is pretty rad.

  • David

    Congratulations to Mark Bodnar, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson!!

  • Tom

    Congrats to Rango! Completely deserved it.

  • http://www.infurnation.com Rodso64

    I was jazzed as heck to get Gore Verbinski’s autograph at the after-show banquet out back. His comment on the awards show? “You’ve been to a lot of these, right? That was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.” I’d be hard-pressed to argue with him there.

  • Dan Kyder

    Sounds like the judges had just as much of a laughing riot as everyone did at my house, playing Twisted Shadow Planet.

    The multiplayer is brilliant fun

  • Magnusson

    Surprised that the Simpsons got so many awards considering how lackluster the writing has been, as well as the blandness of the animation and direction. Guessing the legacy of the show when it was directed by people like Jim Reardon and Brad Bird is keeping the charitable feeling alive.

  • G. Melissa Graziano

    Who won Member’s Favorite? It doesn’t seem to be listed anywhere.

    • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

      RANGO won the Member’s Favorite Award. Sorry it was not listed. My bad.

  • Lime

    Maybe someone can clear this up for me, but from watching the ‘special features’ on Rango and skimming the artbook, ‘Crash’ McCreery didn’t actually design those characters, he just refined them into presentable illustrations.

    Or maybe he designed enough of them that he was nominated? Even so, seems strange that this other artist (can’t find his name right now) wasn’t nominated when it was his designs that ended up in the film. Anyone who’s seen the work in ‘Ballad of Rango’ knows who I’m referring to.

    McCreery’s illustration’s are amazing, but it seems those belong in ‘production design’. Character design isn’t always pretty, but even a napkin doodle can still count as the original design of the character I’d think…

    • Hal Hickel

      Crash was the heart and soul of design on Rango. Yes, there were important contributions from Dave Shannon, Eugene Yelchin, and Jim Byrkit amongst others, in terms of character design, but Crash’s was the unifying voice.

      His unique stamp (combined with Verbinski’s vision) is what makes Rango look like Rango. There certainly were some characters (Beans, and Priscilla for instance) who were crystallized early on in drawings by Dave or Eugene, and Jim Byrkit had a lot to do with Rango’s final look, but Crash is the one who took a lot of different styles (his included) and made one world out of them. He also brilliantly designed many of the characters from the ground up himself.

      It was a very free-form, low-ego environment during the development of the film, but Crash definitely deserves his title on the film, and any recognition that stems from that.

  • http://www.fmhansen.com Frank M Hansen

    Agree – “My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic” should have been nominated, plus Arthur Christmas was a really good movie so I’m also glad it got some notice.

    The comment “I think a lot of those other films were LUCKY that their Pixar competition was Cars 2″ seems a little weird – that’s like saying the NY Giants are LUCKY the New England Patriots did not play better in yesterday’s super Bowl. That’s part of the game.

    • Sarah J

      Agreed on MLP. I’m not just saying this as a fan of the show, but it really should’ve been nominated. It’s well written, has good character design, and the animation is surprisingly good. Disappointed “The Amazing World of Gumball” won for best children’s program.

  • http://www.screenafrica.com/ Film

    Well done Jake and the NeverLand Pirates.