Annie Award Nominations 2011




The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the nominations for its 39th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation.

The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features tops 10 this year and include: A Cat in Paris (Folimage), Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations), Arrugas (Wrinkles) (Perro Verde Films, S.L.), Cars 2 (Pixar Animation Studios), Chico & Rita (Chico & Rita Distribution), Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Puss In Boots (DreamWorks Animation), Rango (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies), Rio (Blue Sky Studios) and The Adventures of Tintin (Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall). The Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement goes to color stylist and background painter Walt Peregoy, animator Borge Ring and artist Ronald Searle; and the June Foray Award will be given to animator Art Leonardi for his “significant and charitable impact on the art and industry of animation”.

The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. A pre-reception begins at 5:00 pm with the awards ceremony following at 7:00 pm. A post-show celebration immediately follows the ceremony. For ticket and event information, please visit annieawards.org.

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

#1 – 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; A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Rio — Blue Sky Studios
The Adventures of Tintin — Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

#2 – Annie Award for 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 — DreamWorks Animation
Prey 2 —Blur Studio
Star Tours — Industrial Light & Magic

# 3 – Best Animated Short Subject
Adam and Dog — Lodge Films
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 and Studio GDS

Complete list of nominees follows the jump.

# 4 – Best Animated Television Commercial

Audi “Hummingbird” – The Mill
Geico “Foghorn” – Renegade Animation
McDonald’s “Apple Tree” – Duck Studios/Kompost
McDonald’s “Suzi Van Zoom” -Duck Studios/Kompost
Norton “Stuff”- Psyop
O2 “Niggles & Narks”- The Mill
Statoil “Good Night” – Studio AKA
“The Pirate” – Meindbender
Twinings “Sea” – Psyop

#5 – 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

#6 – Best Animated Television Production – Preschool

Chuggington — Ludorum Pictures
Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Disney Television Animation
Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse — Disney Television Animation
The WotWots Season 2 — Pukeko Pictures

#6A — Best Animated Television Production — Children

Fanboy and Chum Chum — Nickelodeon and Frederator
Kung Fu Panda — DreamWorks Animation
Penguins of Madagascar — DreamWorks Animation
The Amazing World of Gumball — Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi

#7 – Best Animated Video Game

Bumpy Road — Simogo
Catherine — Atlus
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
Rayman Origins — Ubisoft Montpellier
Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception — Naughty Dog

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

#8 – 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 Tidgewell “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation
Eric Froemling “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios
Jason Mayer “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animatio
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

#9 — Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Branko Grujcic “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Industrial Light & Magic
Florent Andarra “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Industrial Light & Magic
Gary Wu “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic
Lee Uren “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic

#10 – Character Animation in a Television Production

Chad Sellers “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios
Michael Franceschi “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon
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

#11 – 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

#12 – 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

#13 – Character Design in a Television Production

Bill Schwab “Prep & Landing” Walt Disney Animation Studios
Carl Raggio “Disney Kick Buttowski” Disney Television Animation
Chad Hurd “Archer” FX Productions
Chris Battle “Dan Vs.” Starz Film Roman
Eric Robles “Fanboy and Chum Chum” Nickelodeon & Frederator
Gordon Hammond “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon
Mike Dougherty “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon
Robert Ryan Cory “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network Studios

#14 – 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 Productions
Patrick Mate “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation
Peter de Seve “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations
Sergio Pablos “Rio” Blue Sky Studios

#15 – 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
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 Technicolor
Tony Craig “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark

#16 – 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 Productions
Jennifer Yuh Nelson – “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation
Kelly Asbury – “Gnomeo & Juliet” Touchstone Pictures

#17 – Music in a Television Production

Adam Berry, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor
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” Kliesch Music Inc.
Shawn Patterson, Zeb Wells “Robot Chicken” ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

#18 – 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

#19 – Production Design in a Television Production

Mark Bodner, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson “Secret
Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network Studios
Peter Martin “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark

#20 – Production Design in a Feature Production

Harley Jessup “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios
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

#21 – 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

#22 – Storyboarding in a Feature Production

Bob Logan “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation
David 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

#23 – 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 Obi-Wan “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
Diedrich Bader as Batman “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” Warner Bros. Animatio
H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer “Archer” FX Productions
Jeff Bennett as Kowalski “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor
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 Dingleberg” Nickelodeon

#24 – 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” TouchstonePictures
Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation

#25 – 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 “Fairly OddParents “Invasion of the Dads” Nickelodeon
Steve Wermers-Skelton, Kevin Deters “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios

#26 – 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 Chang, Don Hall, Stephen Anderson “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 Productions

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

#27 — Editing in Television Production

Garret Elkins “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburn Industries, Inc.
Hugo Morales “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon
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 Technicolor

#28 — 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 Productions
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


  • Brad Constantine

    Congrats to all of the nominees!! Good Luck!!

  • http://rubikunsreviews.livejournal.com Rubi-kun

    So, any reason why EVERYTHING seems to be nominated? Were there just a crapload of ties or did they change the rules or what?

  • Inkan1969

    Does anyone know if “Wrinkles” will get an actual U.S. distribution? I haven’t heard any information about that.

  • Scarabim

    I sure hope Arthur Christmas wins. It’s the first completely enjoyable animated movie I’ve seen since How To Train Your Dragon. Its storytelling is superb and the humor is spot-on. Plus a wonderful main character, whom I didn’t expect to like but really did as the movie went on. The concept is clever too. So go Arthur! Hope you’ll find an Annie in your stocking!

  • http://braveandboldbackgroundpaint.blogspot.com/ William Joseph Dunn

    I’m glad WB has gotten more than a couple of nods this year!

  • Bill

    The rules were changed this year to allow more nominees.

  • Larry

    Congrats to all the nominees! Well deserved.

    My one disappointment is that the How To Train Your Dragon holiday special, “Gift of the Night Fury” was ignored (or ineligible? or uncategorizable?) because it didn’t get TV distribution. It’s not the artists’ fault that the networks are over-saturated with holiday special based on movies from years’ past. “Gift” went straight to DVD, but was beautiful and charming, and deserved nods for director, character designers, storyboard artists, and animators.

    • Scarabim

      Wow, I didn’t even know about that special! I hope Amazon carries it!

    • Kevan

      Glad you liked the short film. Thanks Larry!

      -Kevan

    • http://midnightheist.deviantart.com/ Scott

      Yeah, that special was a nice bonus.
      Great how they captured/expanded on the bond between boy + dragon in the shorter time frame. :D

  • Julian Carter

    It’s lovely that so many films were nominated. Congratulations to all.

    But, er … where’s Winnie the Pooh? Couldn’t they have swapped it with Cars 2 or something?

  • Jen

    Adam and Dog!! Woot woot woot! I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

  • Matt Williames

    Big congratulations to Minkyu Lee for the “Adam and Dog” nomination!!!

  • http://alikigreeky.tumblr.com/ Aliki

    Wow…Phineas and Ferb is the number one show for children right now, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension was TV’s #1 scripted telecast of 2011, the show has already won Emmys and not a single Annie nomination? Odd. Congrats to everyone else though!

    • spoiler

      “Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension was TV’s #1 scripted telecast of 2011″? Only in kids 6-11. It had 3.4 million viewers. By comparison, last week a typical episode of NCIS (also a “scripted telecast”) got 18.4 million viewers. Not that it’s better or worse. Just saying, don’t buy the hype of press releases.

      • Vic

        Why is it that Phineas and Ferb hasn’t won more awards? I checked, it tied for a writing Emmy and won a couple of individual achievement for BG painters. Other than that, pretty much loserville. Odd for such a highly regarded show. Is it a case of more beloved outside the industry than in? Maybe it was all of the Disney hype for “The next SpongeBob” that turned voters off. You’d think it would be the kind of fresh and funny that would be racking up the awards.

  • http://adreamer49.wordpress.com/ Jacob

    Congratulations to all the nominees! My only real frustration is that Winnie the Pooh is not nominated for Best Animated Feature. Out of the movie I have watched I believe Winnie the Pooh is way better then Rio, Cars 2, and Puss in Boots. Honestly the movie in my opinion was as good as any movie I see nominated. Oh well I guess :/

    • Jen

      And it was far superior to that ugly Rango thing. Best character design? Really? How sad–it was so badly “designed” and ugly.

    • Slinky Dog

      It’s absolutely ridiculous that “Winnie the Pooh” didn’t get a nomination for the top prize, but “Cars 2″ did. And, mind you, I’ve been friendlier to “Cars 2″ than others, but, come on, the praise for “Pooh” was practically unanimous and, more importantly, well-deserved.

      Heck, “Winnie the Pooh” was the best movie of the year, in my opinion.

  • Woody Gee

    NIce to see some kudos for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome… Both Character and Production Design. Love the look of that show. Congrats to all.

    • http://www.flickr.com/robertryancory robertryan Cory

      I think you may be the only one… but thanks on behalf of SMFA…I’ll try not to lose.

  • Sam

    Isla Fisher should have been nominated for voice acting in Rango.

    • Bud

      Good one.

  • Michael F.

    Thanks for the listings; too bad Regular Show got one nomination but at least it has something. There is one problem with this though – could someone explain to me why Tuff Puppy got so many nominations?

    • Scarabim

      Seriously. Not to mention Fairly Oddparents. :0

      And why no love for Phineas and Ferb?

    • joe

      Because Tuff Puppy is a good cartoon?

      • Scarabim

        Ehhh, no, that can’t be it…

  • http://www.artware.mx Arturo

    Cars 2???… really??

  • Mike

    Glad to see some good representation for Rango, though definitely agree with those who’d be happy to see more for Winnie the Pooh. I know it’s been somewhat divisive for us animation enthusiasts, but I really loved almost every element of Rango and would definitely consider it my top animated film of the year that I’ve seen, closely followed by Pooh!

  • http://www.base14.com Tyler K.

    Woo! Congrats to all the nominees! Everyone at Base14 is super happy to be among such talented artists! :D

  • Adam & Dog Fan

    I’m very disappointed “Winnie the Pooh” didn’t get a best feature nomination. It definitely deserved it.

    But so excited for Minkyu Lee’s “Adam & Dog”!!! I haven’t seen the finished product yet, but what I have seen is AWESOME…including gorgeous work from both James Baxter and Glen Keane. Can’t get much better than that. It’s going to be amazing!

  • Amelia

    Where’s Winnie the Pooh???!!!

  • Kira

    Congrats to my friends on the Prep & Landing 2 and Winnie the Pooh teams!!

    Also, huge congrats to Minkyu Lee for Adam & Dog! Everyone will be blown away when they see it.

  • tgentry

    Of the few animated features I saw this year I think I liked Rango the best. It was more talking animals, but in a fresh, weird, and unsafe way.

  • HJ

    SOOOO excited for the Adam and Dog nomination!! From what I’ve seen, The film looks stunning! Animated film-making at it’s best!! So inspiring to see some of the best names in the industry come together and create a short film independently without a studio. Cannot wait to see it!!

    Also extremely disappointed about Winnie the Pooh getting the snub. It deserved to be nominated!

  • http://www.bunkerrow.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    How in the WORLD did Bruce Smith not get a character animation nom for Winnie the Pooh? Im sorry, but the animation he did on piglet WAY outshined the animation that was done for Tigger.

    Im also sad to see that HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN was left out. hmmmm :(

  • Ethan

    I wondered HOW the Annies would manage to nominate Cars-2 for best animated film, and avoid being bullied again. But it was so easy! Nominate MOST OF THEM! Did the judges have to choose 10 films out of 11? Bonus points for keeping a thin appearance of integrity in the process. It’s win-win.

    Jerry, please correct me without mercy about my cynical 11 count of films that were both submitted and qualified in that category.

    Surely Disney DID submit Winnie the Pooh for best animated film, right?

    • http://www.MouseTracksOnline.com Giovanni Jones

      It was submitted, because I voted for it and would have voted for it in the finals. Oh, bother.

      • Ethan

        I honestly thank you for trying to get it there. I’m still glad to see individual artists are getting nominations in their categories, that’s a lot more important than the production award, considering asifa-hollywood is supposed to be about the individuals (historically at least).

  • Marc Gagnon

    If Rebecca Sugar doesn’t get the Storyboarding award, there is no justice in this world. Her stuff is instantly recognizable and heads above the rest of the (very talented) AT crew.

  • Lady

    Even though everyone is complaining about ‘Cars 2′ being nominated over ‘Winnie the Pooh’ … I think everyone is missing that ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ was nominated for best DIRECTOR over Mr. Lasseter … that’s kind of a hilarious statement in my book.

    I’m heavily disappointed in the lack of Phineas & Ferb, as well as Adventure Time, Regular Show & My Little Pony.

    Also – what the heck are with those voice over nominations? No offense to the cast of Fairly Oddparents, they do a great job, but that show has been on FOREVER. WHY acknowledge them now?

    There’s too many politics in this awards show.

    • Scarabim

      Yeah, why WAS My Little Pony snubbed? It’s one of the best-produced cartoons on TV!

    • Matt

      and not to mention a WRITING NOM for NINE WRITERS Gnomeo. Come ON.

    • joe

      I think MLP stinks like a steaming turd, but I also think it deserves a voice acting in television nomination.

  • http://[email protected] Matt

    I second the disappointment over the HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN snub, which was a terrific return to form and created by a great young team of true fans of the strip.

    • Scarabim

      I agree. ALL of the Peanuts specials should have been so well-produced.

  • Beeps

    Of all the years to have so many nominees, this, is not the one. Most of these films are only adequate at best.

  • Matt Sullivan

    No nominations for MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC despite the fact it has more fans, fansites, popularity, and viewers than most FOX shows? better Animation? Better stories?

    Oh that’s right..it’s My Little Pony. The name alone is enough to make people worry that people will call them gay for watching it ( as if Cartoon Brew’s constant bashing of the show hasn’t damned it over and over again )

    • joe

      I doubt MLP has a bigger fanbase than Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad or even The Cleveland Show. It DEFINITELY doesn’t compete with these shows in the ratings. And who gives a crap about fan-sites, Matt?

      The show is pretty unremarkable, in my opinion. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think it deserves some nominations for awards (voice acting being one, with me!), but outside of what the bronies say, it’s not an amazing, groundbreaking show. It doesn’t even have good animation or design. It’s bland kids cartoon that’s less smelly than the other cartoons airing right now.

      And please STOP basing the entire ‘brew’s opinion of MLP on what Amid said almost a year ago. Read that thread again and see how ridiculous you sound.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Wow. It’s as if I forced your mother to gargle a tumbler of cobra venom.

    Joe, if you don’t like what I have to say that’s fine. But it would seem you’re taking what I wrote too personally. At no time did I ever single out anyone by NAME or badmouth any one particular person. I happen to believe you can gauge a show’s popularity by the amount of fans/buzz it’s getting. I pay attention to popular culture and the responses it can elicit.

    I’m using Fox as an example. I WORK at Fox. I LIKE Fox. It’s the best job I’ve ever had, and the people are great. But that doesn’t mean I have to like their shows. (I will kindly abstain from any such claims) I LIKE the pony show. Why? Dunno. Don’t care. I support it and the people who make it. And THAT is why I’m put off by the snubbing ( I feel ) of a good show. No, not the BEST show. But a damn good show that’s got more heart and honesty that a lot of other shows out there…and it doesn’t have to be ironic or mean spirited ( or BADLY DRAWN, as a lot of current shows are ) to do it.

    • joe

      Uh, I’m not angry Matt. I don’t hate you…or MLP. Your comparison to the Fox shows is incorrect.

      And my opinion of the show has nothing to do with you either. I don’t think the show is as amazing as people say it is. I like that it’s unpretentious, but that doesn’t mean high quality in a critical scale ,ESPECIALLY considering some of the same staff that made PPG what it was is working on this, too.

      But at the end of the day, my opinion doesn’t matter to the artists (and it shouldn’t), and neither should getting an Annie award, which is just a ego stoker (and NOTHING is wrong with that!) that doesn’t make your work any better than it really is.

    • Scarabim

      I like the Pony show too. I think it’s well-done on every level. It should NOT have been snubbed.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I’ve read that thread. And I know I don’t sound ridiculous. And just because you think I do, doesn’t make it true.

    • joe

      You sound ridiculous because almost every single post in that thread DISAGREED with Amid’s opinion on the show. I don’t see a bunch a posts with people screaming about how it’s for little girls or anything.

  • Tom

    I’m holding out for a Rango win. If Winnie the Pooh had gotten nominated, I also wouldn’t have minded it winning.

    Rango’s just one of the freshest animated films I’ve seen in a long time, and I’d even venture to say it’s the best one I’ve seen in the last 4 years. And I didn’t enjoy it simply because it was ‘different’, but also because I loved the characters, the story and the direction. Everything just won me over. It came from a director who really treated it as a ‘film’ film rather than an animated film.

    I enjoyed KFP2 but it didn’t grip me as much as the first one. Puss in Boots didn’t really do anything for me, but it was definitely one of prettiest animations I’ve seen. I loved Tintin, and while I wouldn’t mind it getting a directing or writing win, I would not want it to get best picture. It’s well-done motion-capture, but I can’t treat it entirely as an animated film.

    Most of all, I just want an awards show without the overbearing stench of politics (yeah, I wish). I love me some Dreamworks animation, and while I love How to Train your Dragon, I felt really bummed that it won EVERYTHING last year. I know Disney got all huffy and didn’t sponsor but geez, Tangled has some of the best animation I’ve ever seen.

    Anyway, I have a billion other things to say, but I’ll end my rant here.

  • Lib

    Glad to see that Prey 2 nomination. That trailer was brilliant. Once they start producing feature films, Blur Studio is going to kick a countless amount of asses.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I’m pulling for Rango as well. Thought it was delightfully odd.

  • http://thefilmist.wordpress.com Henry J.

    I’m a little pissed that Happy Feet Two wasn’t nominated for anything, at all. It’s far and away a better film than a lot of the one’s that actually got recognition. At the very least from a visual stand-point, it’s a naturalistic wonderwork – just like the first film, taking that kind of only barely exaggerated realism that Watership Down did so well and bringing it into new heights. And, there’s even less motion capture used this time around, so there’s no reason for that bias to infect anyone’s judgments.

    • Ethan

      Happy Feet Two was a great film. But as far as I know, it was to be expected that it wouldn’t be seen anywhere at the Annies. Anytime now, Jerry will tell us all the details. The list of submitted and qualified films for the Annies isn’t given to the members. The reasons for the change of rules are also not explained to the members. Studio meddling, if any, is also kept secret up until something blows up very publicly. I have to admit, they usually do have a great talent for making international members feel like a row in a spreadsheet.

      About bias, if it wasn’t the mocap it would have been something else. It’s simple, we ALL have some bias infecting our judgment all the time, but on a large and varied enough group, the bias even out as statistical noise. It’s important to keep the group varied and well spread out, it seems they failed to do so. Two years ago on cartoon brew, Bill Turner insinuated that George Miller didn’t deserve his Oscar by saying this: “These groups like to award their own and Wes Anderson is one of them, just like when Happy Feet won over Cars. At least this year both are equally deserving.”

      Dangerous statement. The appearance of impartiality and fairness could be gone forever. A single phrase online, by someone in a significant position, CREATED a bias out of thin air. Members react, some leave, some join, and the membership could become homogeneous and biased in one direction. That would be bad, I guess. But not as bad as, say, letting only american studios influence the change of rules, or even dictate them. An australian studio wouldn’t be treated fairly in this case.

      I’m doing my part to help them, by maintaining my membership, and disagreeing with everyone as much as I can, including the board of directors, proudly keeping ownership of an expensive row in a spreadsheet for yet another year. It’s my row.

  • Manny

    I would’ve replaced Fanboy and Chum-Chum with My Little Pony for best TV show, but I guess that will change for next year.

  • Mat Fermach

    Good lucky All!
    I think would be great have a kind of internet transmission of ceremony.

  • Xain Russell

    I’m very disappointed that My Little Pony is getting snubbed not only here, but at seemingly ALL awards shows (that it qualifies for). How long will it take for Lauren Faust and the rest of the creators to get their well deserved recognition?