Could FX's hilarious, crude spy comedy be one of the big winners in this major animation competition? (Note: tinfoil duck is not actual Annie award)
Aw, man, there are a lot of fan favorites among the list of this year's Annie Awards nominees. The Annies, presented by the International Animated Film Society in this, its 39th year, honor outstanding animation in television, film, commercials, and more recently, games (don't worry, we're looking at that list over at the Multiplayer Blog).
So what stands out? While Rango is my favorite in the Best Animated Feature list, my gut tells me the generally well-liked Kung Fu Panda 2 and the very stylish A Cat In Paris (I really wanted to check that out here during the Seattle International Film Festival and missed it due to a conflict). In General Audience, I'm rooting for Archer (several cast members were nominated for their voice acting in the show), or the long shot, Frankenhole, but I don't really see any clear standouts here for the animation community. Also, the Best Animated Special Production for Prey 2: I'm surprised I missed this gorgeous teaser trailer thing for the follow-up to the launch 360 game, but it feels miscategorized.
Here are some of the major categories and their nominees. You can find the complete list on the Annies site.
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
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
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
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 – 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
The Annies will be announced Saturday, February 4th. You can find the complete list of nominees here.