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Best. Birthday. Ever.


Yes, it’s me with my June Foray Award.

I just got in from a wonderful night at the Annie Award ceremony, and yeah, it’s my birthday today. What a wonderful present and what a fantastic party.

Ratatouille was the big winner last night, winning several Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature, Best Director and Best Writing (Animated Feature). I’m a bit too tired to recall all the winners, but Pixar’s Your Friend The Rat won for best short, El Tigre for Best Children’s TV Animation, Creature Comforts America for Best Animated Program, Power Shares Escape Average (Acme Filmworks) won for Best Commercial, and Surf’s Up, The Simpsons and Robot Chicken took home other prizes.

It was a blast to be surrounded by some of the greatest names in animation (Groening, Bird, Kricfalusi, Canemaker, Keane, etc.). Tom Kenny did an amazing job as the master of ceremonies (more about this in a future post). The new venue, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, was terrific. If you were there please share your memories of the evening in our comments bellow.

  • Happy Birthday, Jerry! Congrats on your June Foray Award!!

  • Christopher Cook

    I couldn’t think of a better birthday present, Jerry. Congrats and happy returns!

  • hans bacher

    congratulations, jerry. and – happy birthday…

  • Many Happy Returns Jerry!

  • Tee

    Happy Birthday, Jerry, it’s so great of June Foray to have an award that recognizes someone like you, who doesn’t fit neatly into one of the Annie categories, but has done so much important work for animation. Hats off, you deserve this and much more. It was nice to spend a few minutes with you last night. I hope they continue at Ucla. It’s a perfect venue for an increasingly important event.

  • I had no idea – happy birthday!

    (Still need to check out El Tigre after reading about it in the Nicktoons book)…

  • Greg Chenoweth


    Congratulations on the award. Who presented the trophy to you and who gave the accolades on your accomplishments? Is there video that will show up of the event?

  • Pedro Nakama

    Funny… the award looks nothing like June.

    Congrats, you deserve it.

  • Congratulations Jerry!

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  • Joe


  • Happy Birthday and congratulations, Jerry! Some well deserved recognition.

  • Andrea Ippoliti

    Hapy birthday, my friend! Congratulation for the award! Keep doing what you are doing…there’s more stuff that we need released!

  • Happy birthday, Jerry! May the releases of our favorite cartoons be scattered over a long period of time to keep a great guy like you steadily employed.

  • Big Congrats on the much deserved June Foray ANNIE!!!

    Great to see my pals Eric Towner and Seth Green (who shares the same birthday as you!) each win ANNIES for Robot Chicken Star Wars.

    This was my third ANNIES and by far the best…love the new location!!!

    The food was also really good and the venue seemed less crowded than in years past.

    And yes Tom Kenny is the greatest MC in the Cartoon Universe !!!!

  • Awesome Jerry! Happy B-Day too! Your the best!….

  • Tom Minton

    Sometimes nice guys finish first! Congratulations, Jerry and happy birthday. Sorry I so abruptly walked away from our conversation last night but I had a sudden bout with food poisoning which had to be addressed. I’m thinking of making a stop-motion short on the subject, animated with lemon bars.

  • Happy Birthday Jerry and Congratulations from a fellow June Foray award recipient! The spirits of Jim Tyer, Marty Taras and Irv Spector are smiling on you today!

  • Kris

    Happy birthday, Jerry!

  • happy burfday! now go have fun. and show off that award!

  • Congrats Jerry! Your speech was perfect. Well deserved!

    I just posted the full list of nominees and winners on the Animation Archive Site

  • Last night was my third year but the first time for most of my friends and we all had a blast. Enjoyed meeting Seth Green and Brad Bird (again!) — everyone is so nice – I only wish I could recognize people!!
    One of these years I want to do the VIP thing but for now we are starving college students. :)
    It was really cool to see the faces of many people – especially you and John K!
    Every year I want to just make everyone hold up drawings of what they work on – it would make it all so much easier! X)

    The Spongebob crew doing voices for Casablanca, Singing in the Rain & Godfather was awesome!
    I love my animators.

  • Nice going, Jerry! That thing will make a great hood ornament, and that way you can enjoy it every time your driving around.

  • rachel

    Congrats on the award!! One of these years I’m actually going to make it to the ceremony . . . I can only imagine what Eartha Kitt’s acceptance speech was like (was she there to accept in person?).

  • Warm wishes on your birthday… and congratulations on your award. Would that every rights holder — and every rights holder’s video department — understood the wisdom and profit to be gained from respecting cartoon research. (And hiring you, but that’s a no-brainer under the circumstances.)

  • Frank

    Unfortunately Eartha Kitt wasn’t there but June Foray was.

  • Jeffrey Boarini

    Congrats Jerry!

    I got to shake John K’s hand :) I even got to meet Don Hertzfeldt, who I found to be a total class act for showing up to the event even though the organization totally gave him the shaft. And I think Brad Bird needs to install a few new shelves now to make room for all his new hardware.

  • Congrats, Jerry. To paraphrase The Bugs Bunny Show, oh what heights you’ve hit!

  • Jess Price

    Congrats Jerry – and happy b-day!

    Keep up the great work :)

  • Its an honor to share my birthday with you :)

  • A Longtime Observer

    Is that a present or what?! Congratulations Mr. Beck. Now go on and eat your cake too ;).

  • Jerry you look absolutely glowing! That could be the lighting though. Anyhow, congrats and warmest wishes for a great birthday and many, many more to come.

  • Brian Mitchell

    In my humble opinion, you should have received this Award years ago. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  • Congratulations (and Happy Birthday) to one of this industry’s true champions! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  • Happy birthday Jerry and congratulations for your Annie Awards! It’s such a great year that you wait!

  • Mr. Semaj

    It’s times like these I wish they would show the Annies on TV.

  • yvette kaplan

    Congrats Jerry, on your wonderfully well deserved award! I’m so happy to have been in the audience.

    And Happy Birthday! Happy always! Celebrate! And keep doing what you do. : )

  • Stuart Cook

    Wow Jerry—You really got the big one!! I’m really glad you’ve come such a long way—-keep it up!!

  • Floyd Norman

    It’s about time. Congratulations, Jerry! You’re my cartoon hero.

  • Hey Jerry,

    I didn’t know it was your birthday??? Congrats and belated Happy Birthday! Glad I sent you both versions of the pics. Wanted to give you a choice and you went with the first. Pretty good for an iPhone huh?

  • Adam

    Congratulations!, a well deserved award.And a very happy birthday to you :).

  • Congrats Jerry and Happy Birthday!

  • Blasko

    Much deserved, Jerry! Your work is much appreciated — thanks for all you do. And many happy returns as well!

  • Paul N

    In the San Jose Mercury News this morning, there was a brief article about the Annies on page 3 of the front section.

  • red pill junkie

    Felicidades Jerry!

  • Congrats, and many happy returns. Well deserved and long overdue!
    Don’t let it go to your head. Keep up the quality writing.

  • Happy Birthday and award, Jerry!

    Were you upset about Persepolis getting consistently shafted over ratatouille?

  • precode

    And I know we all look forward to the day when June Foray is presented The Jerry Beck Award!

  • Happy birthday, Jerry! And congratulations!

  • You’re the National Gallery, You’re Garbo’s salary, You’re cellophane!
    All the best, Jerry!

  • David Scott Smith

    A very Happy UnBirthday to you … Jerry.
    Your cartoon wisdom and gracious character is only surpassed by your willingness to share. Congratulations on a much deserved and most prestigious award – carry on.

  • OM

    …Ok, so did they at least have that award filled with something of a high distillation quality, like Blue or Green Label JW? Or at least a shot of Louie?

    Q: Anyone else reminded of the scene where Popeye gets that “Silver Loving Cup”? :)

  • WE share a birthday?! That’s so cool – congrats on your June Foray! She’s one of my idols…

  • Congratulations for the award and Happy Birthday to our brewmaster! :)

  • Congratulations on the award, Mr.Beck. Well deserved. And nice to see El Tigre pick up an award – one of the few Flash shows I enjoy.

  • Lloyd Carter

    Happy belated birthday, Jerry, and congrats on the award.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Belated birthday greetings, Jerry!

    Fave moment from the night: While escorting Seth Green back to the photo op after he presented the Writing awards, he stopped for a moment and said “Wait, I’m up for this next one (TV Directing.) Ah, I won’t win, anyway.”

    Cue sitcom cliche #147.

    I dashed back to get Seth, Seth dashed out at the same time after seeing it in the TV in the photo area, and after he came back I couldn’t help but ask “What was that you were saying earlier?” Turns out it was his birthday that day, so he got one hell of a present.

    Favorite presenters of the evening: James Hong & Scott Adsit. Mr. Hong stole the show. Year of the Rat, indeed.

    Proudest moment: Having Jonathan Gay, Robert Itsumi, and Gary Grossman personally thank me for putting them up for the Ub Iwerks award this year. (I think there were a few notable examples of Flash missing from that collection, though. No “Happy Tree Friends?”)

    And of course, it was a great honor to get a Certificate of Merit from ASIFA-Hollywood, made even better when so many of my fellow volunteers got one at the same time. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart, shriveled and cholesterol-chocked raisin that it is.

  • PCUnfunny

    Happy Berfday J !

  • Rick Farmiloe

    Jerry, let me add my voice of CONGRATULATIONS on your June Foray Award this year! You are certainly deserving. I think we both go back to about the same time, the late ’70’s. I really enjoyed our discussion at the Animation Guild Christmas Party this year…..reminiscing about Bob Clampett and all the other animation pioineers who were still among us back in those days. You are really dedicated to this wonderful art form and tirelessly promote the best things about it. Thank you for a wonderful website we can all enjoy and and share ideas. Congrats again…and keep up the great work!

  • Sorry it’s a bit late, but a very happy belated Birthday, and Congratulations on your Annie award.

  • Much deserved! Congratulations!!

  • Keith Paynter

    “Fan mail from some flounder?”

    Sorry to be late for the party, but congrats, and a belated happy b’day! As far as the June Foray award goes, all I can say is, “Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle!”

  • Happy Birthday! I assume you got hammered with Seth Green.

  • Loved seeing you up there getting this recognition. Why didn’t Tom Kenny sing Happy Birthday to you as well as Seth Green? All the best.