The Annie Winners

Friday night the Annie Awards were presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The complete list of winners are posted here.

It was quite an evening, with Kung Fu Panda winning almost everything it was nominated for – including Best Animated Feature. Robot Chicken and Avatar: The Last Airbender were also big winners. Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs won for best direct-to-video. There were several memorable moments, including Billy Crystal giving John Lasseter his Winsor McCay award and likewise Henry Selick (pictured, above left) handing Nick Park (above right) his lifetime achievement statue. Tom Kenny was hilarious as our M.C. and other great presenters included Fred Willard, Brad Garrett, Seth Green, James Hong and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks).

It’ll be interesting to see if an Annie sweep for Panda will have any affect on Academy voters.


  • Paul N

    I thought the Annies were black-tie.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Man… somebody buy Henry Selick a pizza!

  • http://asteriskpix.blogspot.com richard o’connor

    You guys had Jar Jar as a presenter yet Selick could only manage to rent the “schlub” outfit from the formal wear shop?

  • http://checkeredgeekcartoons.blogspot.com Zach Cole

    I feel like El Tigre and Moral Orel deserved more recognition. Robot Chicken is fine and all, but Moral Orel’s animation is about the same, only with really amazing character development and story.

    I love Wall-E, but I’m pleased that Kung Fu Panda won so many awards. I don’t really think one was better than the other, but that they did two different things animation is capable of doing.

    Can someone find a picture of Henry Selick wearing a suit? Has he ever worn one? Those look like the same clothes I saw him wearing at Platform. Ah, whatever, Coraline looks awesome, he can do what he wants.

  • Mike

    how could wall-e get so amazingly snubbed? not even one award? Kung Fu Panda was good..but not that good..

  • http://www.Dummcomics.com Sean

    Yeah, why were theatrical shorts judged in the same categories as tv shows? Doesn’t make any sense…

  • Ron

    Wall-E will probably still win the Academy Award. So can we delay the vapors from the Pixar fans (see TAG blog) until after that is given out?

    Panda was a really solid and entertaining movie. It’s nice to see the Annies spread the love around from year to year.

  • BT

    No vapors, but I’d be curious to hear some explanations from animation industry people on why the Kung Fu Panda sweep happened. I’m not in the industry, just a fan, but it has me scratching me head in complete befuddlement. Yes, Kung Fu Panda was fun and surprisingly good for a Dreamworks movie, but I think you are talking a pretty good movie vs. a timeless classic.

    I have a job where I constantly talk to people about movies. My impression is that most people of all age groups, animation fans and not, enjoyed Kung Fu Panda, but were blown away by Wall-E. Everyone from little kids saying “waaaaaaalllll-e, eeeeevvvaaaa” to an opinionated old man who didn’t even like Dark Knight but won’t stop preaching about the genius of Wall-E to this day. To me it was more impressive on a technical level and far more original, but also was deeply moving in many different ways. Kung Fu Panda had some pretty cool action scenes, a better than average batting range on the usual type of jokes, and the standard non-Pixar attempt to force emotion into a story without really earning it. (Except for the little tag after the credits, which was great.)

    To me it seems kind of like if a Land Before Time sequel won over Beauty and the Beast or something. But obviously most of the people voting felt differently so I’d be curious to know what the thinking is behind this.

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    By the way, that photo up there was taken by ASIFA volunteer, Michael Woodside. More of his shots will be posted to the Annie site soon.

  • http://super-macho.com Jorge R. Gutierrez

    Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

  • amid

    A nice sentiment—thanks Jorge! And congrats to you for your nomination in TV character design.

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    Man, I love Fred Willard. And Seth Green. A good line-up. And such a well-deserved lifetime achievement award.

  • OtherDan

    BT, I think to answer your question, there are three factors that primarily determine the winners. Firstly, it boils down to a head to head in each category. And, in most of those comparisons, I think people favored the design and execution of KFP. There were many times when you watched the video comparisons and it looked like a coin toss. Because, the competition was that stiff. Which leads me to my second theory: some studios are better at self promotion, or rallying the troupes to get the votes. Dreamworks is good at that. The last one seems to be a bit of a popularity contest. It seems the more known and admired artists get recognized easier. Well, that’s my theory. The year Curse of the Were-Rabbit took all the awards was similar to this year’s sweep.

  • BT

    Thank you OtherDan, that does help to know there are (it sounds like) clips for each category. When we read a list of the winners obviously we’re not seeing that comparison so it’s a pretty different perspective.

  • Michael

    Sadly, the Annie Awards won’t be taken seriously until they stop the ridiculous practice of selling their ballots. It’s bizarre how animation’s only industry award is voted on by… well, anybody. Ballots are sold to the general public (and the ballot-box stuffing major studios, natch). Voters aren’t required to have a shred of experience or knowledge about our craft to vote, ya just need to pay ASIFA for a membership. The DGA awards, PGA awards, SAG, Oscars, BAFTA, ACE awards, ASC awards… none of the important career-changing film industry awards sell off their ballots like that. Can’t we do better?

  • elan

    “No vapors, but I’d be curious to hear some explanations from animation industry people on why the Kung Fu Panda sweep happened. I’m not in the industry, just a fan, but it has me scratching me head in complete befuddlement.”

    I honestly feel wall-e was a weak film. The first half was good, the middle and last half was really bad. I could write a lengthy explanation but Keving Geiger somewhat sums up my opinion:
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    A joke going around Hollywood (so I hear from Beijing) is that some of the Los Angeles film critics voted for the movie they saw in the first half of WALL-E, while the other film critics voted for the movie they saw in the second half of WALL-E. :-) Clearly, this film suffered from a case of split identity, but I don’t think it was WALL-E’s sojourn into outer space that made it seem like two different films. Rather, I believe that it was something more fundamental: WALL-E is a weak hero – not in the “good” sense, but in a poor storytelling sense. And coming from the fine folks at Pixar, that is surprising.

    In a good film, EVERYTHING should impact upon, and eminate from, an active hero. Unfortunately in WALL-E, we have a rather reactive “hero” from whom much is taken and little is given. Eve completely steals the action from WALL-E, who is left with little more to do than be in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time. But the biggest flaw in WALL-E is this: the REALIZATION moment of the film lives not with the hero (where it should), but with a secondary character: the corpulent captain of the Axiom. What does WALL-E learn? Apparently nothing. And how does WALL-E feel about humans after discovering that they abandoned him to clean up after the party? We’ll never know. As in Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” WALL-E merely gets his memory back to square one, and is satisfied to finally hold hands with Eve while self-indulgent humans stand gleefully around a seedling that is sure to be wiped out in the next massive dust storm (forgot about those?). So, we can expect WALL-E2 to feature the humans ditching earth again after pizzas fail to grow on trees. ;-)

    But, hey, at least the fire extinguisher gag was cute.

  • Brian Kidd

    I was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable KFP was. However, I think I’m pretty safe in saying that people will still be watching WALL-E years from now and loving it. Whilst I don’t want to take anything away from KFP (it was truly a very good film in a year that upchucked SPACE CHIMPS), it’s no classic. WALL-E, even with its flaws, is a classic.

    Still, the general public probably thinks an Annie Award is given to the spunkiest redhead of the year.

  • Michael

    I’m glad Kung-Fu Panda won. I’m pretty sure Wall-E will still win the Academy Award (although, without Dark Knight being nominated, I’d personally consider that a hollow victory).

    As for why KFP would have won over the robot, there’s a few things. The biggest, I think, is the design. KFP actually designed a world, with a definite artistic style, a definite caricature of the real world. It has some obvious influences of eastern art, and a really cool color palette. For design, Wall-E more or less recreated Oakland California for Earth, and Logan’s Run for space. It’s well done, but it’s the standard Pixar photo-realism attempt (rlaltively speaking, that is). Second, KFP had excellent animation. The characters moved gracefully and fluidly through space. And each character had a personality in it. Eve was certainly graceful, and for most robot characters it’s hard to make an argument for graceful movement, but I felt that they could’ve gone further with it. Made a few exceptions. Also, there were really only two real characters in the film, Wall-E and Eve, and a few half or quarter characters in it (The Captain, the two humans, MO and Auto, were never really developed as characters beyond one trait, maybe two for the Captain and MO). Finally, elan posted something that bothered me about Wall-E that I really couldn’t articulate. Wall-E really doesn’t do much in his own film except be in the right place at the right time, or humorously be in the wrong place at the wrong time (is it possible for someone to be in the right place at the wrong time or be in the wrong place at the right time?). And for climax, I hated the 2001 in-joke. They basically killed their hero, and then decide to have an homage to a different movie. It totally took me out of the movie, and ruined the climax for me. Don’t get me wrong, the first act is incredibly strong, with Wall-E and Eve, getting to know each other through their bloops and bleeps and body language. But once they leave earth, things begin to lose their focus, and it ended feeling like two different movies (to me anyway). KFP was able to keep more or less two plot-threads going at the same time (Po’s story, and the snow leopard), and manage to keep them to connected in a very concrete and real way. Wall-E’s two plot threads, according to Andrew Stanton are conceptually connected (something about connecting people, and loving each other or something), but, I find, are very hard to actually connect in the movie without an explanation.

    Having said all that, I did enjoy Wall-E (not quite as much as previous Pixar films, like Ratatouille or the Incredibles, or even Andrew Stanton’s own Finding Nemo). Kung-Fu Panda just seemed to be a better animated film. And hopefully it’s success fill convince CG studios to get out of the grip of photo-realism and go into more cartoony, fun, designed worlds.

  • joecab

    Sorry but WALL-E’s snub and all those Kung Fu Panda awards merit one big W-T-F? from me.
    Even Michael Sporn, who didn’t care for either, was shocked.

  • Chiskop

    Kung Fu panda won, yipee!

    Now all i have to do is cross my fingers that Wall-e doesn’t even win best script at the oscars. Why? Because i am sure Wall-e’s script reads like a synopsis and the last time i checked there was no best synopsis category at the oscars. Its a bullsh*t nomination if you ask me. Best script? get outta here. Best synopsis it might be, not best script.

    Say Chis

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    Can someone tell me Why “WALL-E” is a classic? I must be missing something.

    I’ll take the animation of the rope bridge sequence of “Kung Fu Panda” over a live action Fred “Wha Happened?” Willard any day.

  • Bob

    I have to agree with Michael,

    The fact that most anyone can get into the ASIFA makes the award show not seem fair. Also, I understand that Dreamworks hands you an ASIFA membership when you start working there. I don’t think that is the case for any other studio. They alot some memberships, but don’t buy a membership for everyone. The fact that they won every single award they were in shows that something odd was taking place. I also think its bad for ASIFA. It was also low class that Dreamworks submitted the DVD short for many categories that I thought were for TV. Maybe they should make a special category for the DVD supplemental stuff.

    -Bob

  • http://www.keithlango.com keith lango

    KFP won because KFP is a film that really appeals to animators & animation artists. So it’s not surprising that people in the animation biz gave it so many awards. In general I believe that Wall-E is a film that appeals to a different crowd- a broader one. Wall-E will fare better at the Oscars where the rest of the film biz will give animators their annual condescending pat on the head for doing such a good job on the kiddie films- especially one that managed to have a ‘green’ theme to it, too.

  • Pixar Fan

    I have to say that I love almost everything that Pixar has done over the years (minus Bug’s Life and Cars) and I really liked Wall-E, but it felt very inconsistent. Had the film stayed on Earth and continued on with that feeling and style, it would have been brilliant. Kung Fu Panda was a more consistent and entertaining film that, in retrospect, will get plenty more repeat viewings in my house.

  • Phil Craven

    I worked on KFP, so I guess I’m biased, but…
    These accusations of DreamWorks “buying” the awards, etc do not hold water. Yes, there is a large contingent of DW employees who vote for the Annies, but that has been the case for years, and Pixar has been a frequent winner anyway. They made better movies, and were acknowledged accordingly. This year was different because we made a good movie at DW.
    Thanks to those of you who made nice comments!

  • JJ

    “In a good film, EVERYTHING should impact upon, and eminate from, an active hero.”

    Your inexperience in film history and basic storytelling is showing. But you are to be commended for having read every book on “screenplay writing” available. Even if you’ve not written one or made a film yourself.

  • J Hobart B

    Hahahaha, okay guys, good one, but the joke’s over. Give WALL-E its award now.

  • James

    KFP = Fun, pop entertainment that was an enjoyable, but forgettable 90 minutes or so.
    Wall-e = Rather heavy, but beautiful work of art that will be remembered and studied for years. Kinda like 2001 in a way. Lots of people hate that movie, but it’ll be talked about and studied forever because it really hits on a deep level of our humanity.

    I guess it’s a difference in people’s personalities that create this debate. Some people like “There Will be Blood” more then “Iron Man”, some people like “The Godfather” more then “Scarface”, etc. Movies just function on different levels of our brains.

    Both are well made movies for really completely different audiences and people’s tastes. For me, I’ll be watching Wall-e for years and frankly, I’ve already forgotten KFP. KFP just doesn’t really connect with me and Wall-e hits me at my very core.

  • BT

    I appreciate all the comments, they do help me to understand the thinking (and politics) that might have gone into this.

    It sounds like part of why I loved Wall-E and some of you didn’t comes down to a different interpretation of what the movie is about. I say that Wall-E *is* an active hero because the movie isn’t about him saving the world, it’s about him having the sudden notion to abandon hundreds of years of programming to pursue the alien concept of love. Along the way he sparks a massive revolution on the space ship, re-ignites the human spirit and returns humanity to earth, but it’s part of the movie’s genius that Wall-E never knows that any of this is going on. I understand the storytelling principle you’re talking about, but using that formula you could also say the thief in Thief in the Cobbler, Inspector Clouseau or Wallace (of and Gromit fame) are weak characters because they don’t realize what’s happening around them either.

    I’ll take a good take on that type of hero over the ten thousandth variation on the “I am a talking animal who is expected to do X but really dreams of doing Y, oh woe is me” formula, which I thought held Kung Fu Panda back a little. I think it would’ve seemed less formulaic if they skipped the whole “dreams of being a kung fu warrior” section and treated him more like a Sammo Hung type who happened to walk by and became the “Dragon Warrior.”

    But hey, most of these awards are for the achievements of the individual animators, not the whole product, so that may be fair. And I don’t mean to be too critical of Kung Fu Panda, because I do think it’s a pretty good movie and I hope its success inspires Dreamworks to continue trying new things and moving away from the Shrek paradigm.

  • andrew osmond

    Chiskop: a script does not equal dialogue.

    Elan says, ‘In a good film, EVERYTHING should impact upon, and eminate from, an active hero.’ Well, if a successful film has bent such a humourless and oppressive ‘rule’ of storytelling, then more power to it! (Actually Stanton makes it perfectly clear that it’s Wall-E who inspires the Captain, via the clods of earth, the Hello Dolly video, etc. It’s very much the same device as in Stanton’s Finding Nemo; Nemo finally prevails when he hears an account of what his dad has been doing to find it.)

  • James

    Elan – JJ is right. What kinda paint-by-numbers storytelling class is that from? God help us if every movie has to follow that formula. How boring would that be. Wall-e functions at it’s core against that…even thematically by what Wall-e represents.

  • linemileage

    The snobbish and misguided notion that only those with industry experience and knowledge should be allowed to select a film worthy of being called “the Best” is simply absurd.
    Movies are made for audiences, not executive and USC film-school grads, regardless of what both of those camps would like to believe.
    So it is that ASIFA is far more egalitarian in its membership, and as such members know more per capita about the nuances of animation and the craft and art of what makes great animated film. They like animated movies, and a lot of them work in the industry, but you don’t have to in order to support the art and vote on its “best of” each year.
    Nobody is selling ballots. That’s outrageous, and a little myopic. Screen Actors Guild requires members to pay dues to join, and the vast majority of them are background players. Yet, these thousands of background players (who are up to date with their dues) get to vote on which actor, film, ensemble etc they think is most deserving of the coveted Actor award. Truth is, like anyone else, they vote for the person or film they liked best that year, or the movie they worked on, or the move directed by the last guy that gave them a job.
    The venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites us to membership based on eligibility (screen credits) and requires us to pay to join. If that isn’t a “purchased” ballot, tell me what is. The Academy allows every single member to vote for Best Picture, Lead and Supporting Actor and Actress, and now, Best Animated Feature. That means opening the polls to countless of members who know squat about animation. (You would be amazed at how many SAG members still think a voice-over gig in animation means coming in after the film is completed and lip-sync dialogue to the finished animation…seriously.)
    So it is that ASIFA can rather safely and happily claim a better concentration of people who care for, work in, and appreciate their particular and unique field.
    But let’s ignore the “membership” argument and consider the simple question of which was a better movie. Is it not possible that voters actually selected the film that was the most entertaining and enjoyable? Why shouldn’t they vote for the film that pleased them the most, and pass over the ‘reaching’ and ‘preaching’ of some pandering popular message movie. In other words, the best animated movie wins.
    Hopefully this sanity will continue to infect the Academy voters, unless people vote in direct proportion to the number of shares they have in Apple.
    Much deserved congratulations to Kung-Fu Panda and its creators.

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    We just posted an article by Danny Young and Michael Woodside that gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the way the Annies are put on… Animation’s Big Night: A Backstage Look At The 37th Annual Annie Awards

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    By the way, a few clarifications…

    The Annie ballot is online, and it has clips for each category that must be viewed to vote. It takes hours to vote, but everyone knows exactly what they’re voting for.

    ASIFA-Hollywood has always been a neutral ground where the only qualification is passion for the art of animation. Bill Scott and June Foray welcomed “devotee” members into the organization the same as professionals, and that’s the way it still is.

    In order to submit entries for consideration, you have to be a member of ASIFA-Hollywood. Just about every studio includes ASIFA members in its staff, and most of them provide memberships to their creative staff as a perk.

    The Annie rules, prrocedures and categories are put up for review every year. Any member of ASIFA-Hollywood can participate in the process and help make the awards more relevant and fair.

    It’s one thing to question the particular choice of winners. Everyone does that at one point or another. But it’s unfair to accuse ASIFA-Hollywood of bias. If you’re interested in finding out what ASIFA-Hollywood actually is, see our About ASIFA Page. It outlines the goals and activities of the organization.

  • http://www.thisismyfavoritesong.tumblr.com Dan

    Oh, the voters must not have seen Wall-E. I get it now.

  • Bob

    I am not saying that I dont like Kentucky Fried, I mean KFP. I really liked it. But for Wall-E not to get one award is perplexing. I am just saying that if one studio has more votes than another, it is unfair and should be looked at by ASIFA. If all of Disney had 200 or so votes and Dreamworks had 1000, would you say that is fair? Lets face it, you are going to vote for your studios film unless it really sucked bad. As for the comment about anyone being able to vote on the animated films, I don’t agree. It should be peers who have experience and an eye for what good animation is, not some fanboy. Sorry if you are offended, its just my opinion. I think there is no problem with people wanting to be members and fans of animation. Its the voting for these awards which should be looked at a little more closely. In the Academy, Sound Editors vote for Sound Editing. Why didn’t the animation community follow this method? If I am a huge fan of Visual Effects, I cant just go down and join the VES. You have to have worked on films and get sponsors. I am simply asking why the animation industry does not require this….

    Kudos to KFP for winning though. It is a great film and I dont mean to take anything away from it.

  • Michael

    I don’t think anyone is accusing the Annies of bias. I don’t really care about the outcome this year (there is another “Michael” posted here who seems to). I just wish it were voted on by people who honestly understand our craft, and not like the People’s Choice Awards. Or at least make voting FREE for the public so that there isn’t the weird stigma of buying a membership = a ballot.

    The venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites us to membership based on eligibility (screen credits) and requires us to pay to join. If that isn’t a “purchased” ballot, tell me what is.

    Oh, hardly. Last I checked membership to the Academy is by invitation only. There’s only 6,000 members worldwide, all of them working professionals or retired artists. Sure, they don’t always make the right decisions either. But that’s quite a bit different than “anyone and their grandmother can vote on our coveted industry award for 30 bucks.” :)

  • Kung Fu WALL-E

    Okay, I can live with Kung Fu Panda winning the top award. But not even a single award for WALL-E? Come on. That’s just ridiculous and frankly embarassing. It definitely deserved to win at least a couple of awards and probably even more.

  • http://www.fuelafirestudio.com loreleip

    congrats to the winners (big congrats Mark O for Panda!) But, I do HAVE to ask, why is it that there are only about 2 females in this loooong list of guys. huh?

  • John P. Jones

    The fact that the KFP was actually in the television category was pretty atrocious. Yes the short had a right to be there, but it used a prefabricated style from the motion picture. You’re weighing years of feature development againt months of tv production. A little unfair if you ask me.

  • Jimmy

    Ooh, you guys are sly. You wait for the brouhaha to die out to post this. lol. As one of the media sponsors you should’ve posted this right after the announcement.

    Congrats Kung Fu Panda. In my own humble opinion it’s not the best out of the 5 nominees, but it seems to strike the right chord here, though fails everywhere else.

    I think WALL-E deserves better, this year it has truly done quite a task. I think Waltz with Bashir deserves something, anything, it’s quite a feat, too.

  • Michael

    The other important thing the Academy and all other major guild and crafts awards bring to their table is transparency: There are lists available of all DGA, SAG, Academy, ACE, etc, members and therefore we know who’s doing the voting. Right or wrong, at least there’s accountability. I may be mistaken but I don’t think ASIFA makes any lists available as to where the ballots for the Annies come from every year and who exactly is doing the voting. I’d be fascinated to see numbers on how many major studios own ballots, how many fans, how many critics, etc.

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    ASIFA-Hollywood doesn’t divide its membership into categories like “professional”, “fan” or “critic”. Our membership forms don’t ask for studio affiliations, only contact info. So we obviously can’t provide figures on those sorts of divisions. We have Patron Members, General Members and Student Members. I joined ASIFA-Hollywood as a student thirty years ago. Then I graduated and became a devotee. Now I’m a professional. I have the same love for animation that I ever had.

    The Annie Awards is just one project of our organization. We do a lot of things, some for devotees, some for professionals. The only common denominator among our membership is passion for the art of animation because that is our only requirement for membership.

    You may think that professional organizations make better choices for awards than ones with open memberships. That’s fine. But ASIFA-Hollywood isn’t a professional organization and it never has been one. ASIFA International has about 27 chapters all over the world. ASIFA-Hollywood, our local chapter, was built by people like Ward Kimball. Bernie Gruver, June Foray and Bill Scott. It was also built by devotees whose names you wouldn’t recognize, but are just as important to the history of our organization. We wouldn’t be here today without the hard work and dedication of both types of members.

    The corporate sponsors of the Annies don’t have a say in picking the honorees. The Board of Directors doesn’t even pick the winners of the “Best Picture” and “Individual Achievement” categories. The members do. There are currently 4000 members of ASIFA-Hollywood. Studio affiliations don’t enter into it because we have employees of every studio in our ranks. Just look at the list of sponsors of the Annies. Disney/Pixar has four sponsorship packages- Disney Feature, Disney TV, DisneyToon and Pixar. Most of the other studios are represented there as well. There is no imbalance.

    It takes hours to view all the material and fill out a ballot to vote in the Annies. Each individual votes for himself. The results represent the collective opinions of 4000 animation lovers. They don’t represent anything more than that. But historically, the collective membership of ASIFA-Hollywood has achieved great things. That means something to the art, industry and craft of animation. Anyone who wants to be a part of all this can join and help us achieve our goals. That’s the way it should be.

  • Stacey

    I have to admit, I’m a bit heartbroken that Kung Fu Panda won over Wall-E, let alone Bolt. I’m also bewildered that Kung Fu Panda’s animation was considered better than both of them. (Bolt has some of the most brilliant character animation I’ve ever seen in 3D!) Of course, Bolt and Kung Fu Panda were both walking cliches, but Bolt was at least a bit more heart with a beautiful ending. Kung Fu Panda is Naruto, with… well… Kung Fu! (Poor Naruto wants his copyright back.)

    Damn. Ah, well, I suppose we’ll all be less perky after Kung Fu Panda 5.

  • Angry Anim

    Man, what a bunch of sore-heads. So let me get this straight, just because KFP swept the Annies, that automatically means that there’s some funny business going on? And what happens if KFP takes home an Oscar… something will be afoot there, as well?

    We’re all in the game together. It’s not like KFP was some cheap-o production farmed out all over the globe. It’s also not promoting any sort of technique that is questionable (such as mo-cap or anything). It’s a solid film all done under the same roof with some outstanding work. It’s success is good for all of us.

  • Rodrigo

    I for one thought Panda was deserving because it was so unpretentious despite it’s prestigious production and was glad to see that best picture went to Po. The Dragon Warrior? Him?

    I do, however, think Wall-E was deserving of other spots. I particularly liked it’s score, and was surprised it wasn’t even nominated in that category.

  • Jean

    The fact that WALL E’s stellar score was virtually eliminated from NOMINATION by voters smells worse than yesterday’s fried carp. Thomas Newman’s score blows anything Hans Zimmer ever did to hell. And what on earth was Zimmer doing in the television animation music category? The budget alone for a DVD extra like ‘The Furious Five’ puts it in its own category.

  • Bob

    Stephen,

    Thanks for the info. I am enlightened by it. I agree with most of what you said and am glad to hear there is no imbalance. I appreciate your hard work and when it comes down to it, its about the love of the art form, not a trophy. Thanks for the comment.

  • Kevin Martinez

    The Kung Fu Panda VIDEO GAME won in the Video Game category. How can someone claim that this was unbiased and not rigged when that sort of mess occurs?

    There’s a difference between honoring a deserving film with awards, and this blatantly partisan monopoly.

  • chdr

    Orel got snubbed. Hard. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, I would recommend watching “Numb” via Adult Swim’s website. (http://www.adultswim.com/shows/moralorel/extras/ivc/ep31/). THAT is why Orel deserves an Annie.

    Also, the fact that KFP won every category and Dreamworks is a golden sponsor seems super-fishy to me.

  • C’mon

    C’mon, Kevin. Is it not possible that a videogame that has kung fu is better than one about robots in love? It seems it would be more surprising if the Kung Fu Panda videogame DIDN’T win.

    So take your conspiracy theories and accusations of a “blatantly partisan monopoly” and sell ‘em someplace else.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Actually, C’mon, it’s more a case of yet another damned movie tie-in winning out over one kickass game, Dead Rising. Though I must presume that most folks who read this blog aren’t exactly hardcore gamers.

    In a year where we had Fallout 3, Little Big Planet, Gears of War 2, Left 4 Dead, and a half dozen other amazing titles, only one of them made it to the list and then it gets beat by a piece of shovelware. Well animated shovelware, but still.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that the game companies don’t submit their work even after we all but beg them to do so. Oish.