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Congratulations to Pixar on 4 Annie Award Nominations

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Posted by Nia • November 29, 2016

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Yesterday the nominees for the 44th Annual Annie Awards were announced. Like every year, the Annie Awards are a celebration of all the hard work and fantastic accomplishments that are achieved in the animation community. So many different fields within the medium are honored, such as Character Animation in a Video Game, Storyboarding in both Feature and TV Production, Voice Acting, and even Best Student Film. There are so many unsung heroes of the industry that it’s inspiring to see everyone come together to honor the work that has been done. The awards have also been known to be a huge predictor as to what films take home the pivotal Golden Statue otherwise known as the Oscar.

Pixar landed a brilliant 4 nominations in crucial categories. Finding Dory was nominated for Best Animated Feature, Piper got the honor of being nominated for Best Animated Short Subject; while Finding Dory racked another 2 nominations in Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production and Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production. A lot of top quality films have been released from all of the major studios this year – so it will be rather interesting to see which production wins. Regardless, a massive congratulations to all who were involved with animated projects this year. Each film, TV show, or game released only opens up the doors to more possibilities. It’s truly exciting to see how animation continues to grow year after year.

You can find the rest of the Annie Award nominees and categories below:

Best Animated Feature

  • “Finding Dory,” Pixar Animation Studios
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika
  • “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation

Best Animated Feature – Independent 

  • “Long Way North,” Sacrebleu Productions, Maybe Movies, NorlumStudios, France 3 Cinéma and 2 Minutes
  • “Miss Hokusai,” GKids
  • “My Life as a Zucchini,” GKids
  • “The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions
  • “Your Name.,” CoMix Wave Films

Best Animated Special Production

  • “Audrie & Daisy,” AfterImage Public Media in association with Actual Films for Netflix
  • “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll,” DreamWorks Animation
  • “Little Big Awesome,” Titmouse, Inc./Amazon Studios
  • “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” CBS Films/J.P. Entertainment/Participant Media
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation

Best Animated Short Subject 

  • “Blind Vaysha,” National FilmBoard of Canada
  • “Deer Flower,” Studio ZAZAC
  • “Path Title Sequence,” Acme Filmworks
  • “Pearl,” Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures
  • “Piper,” Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial 

  • “Duelyst,” Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc.
  • “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Trailer, Plastic Wax
  • “Lily & the Snowman,” Hornet
  • Loteria “Night Shift,” Passion Pictures Ltd.
  • “The Importance of Paying Attention: Teeth,” Bill Plympton Studio

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children 

  • “Ask the StoryBots,” Episode: Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?, JibJab Bros. Studios for Netflix
  • “Peg + Cat,” Episode: The Disappearing Art Problem, The Fred Rogers Company/ 9ate7 Productions
  • “Puffin Rock – The First Snow,” Episode 59, Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, Penguin RandomHouse
  • “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” Episode: Squeak, Amazon Studios and Brown Bag Films
  • “Tumble Leaf,” Episode: Mighty Mud Movers / Having a Ball, Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children

  • “Adventure Time,” Episode: Bad Jubies, Bix Pix Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Frederator Studios
  • “DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender,” Episode: Return of the Gladiator, DreamWorks Animation Television
  • “Elena of Avalor,” Episode: A Day to Remember, Disney Television Animation
  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Episode: Trans-Dimensional Turtles, Nickelodeon
  • “Wander Over Yonder,” Episode: My Fair Hatey, Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “Bob’s Burgers,” Episode: Glued, Where’s My Bob?, Bento Box Entertainment
  • “BoJack Horseman,” Episode: Fish Out of Water, Tornante Productions for Netflix
  • “Long Live the Royals,” Episode: Punk Show, Cartoon Network Studios
  • “The Simpsons,” Episode: Barthood, Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
  • “The Venture Bros,” Episode: Hostile Makeover, Titmouse, Inc.

Best Student Film 

  • “Citipati,” Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • “FISHWITCH,” Adrienne Dowling
  • “The Abyss,” Liying Huang
  • “The Wrong End of the Stick,” Terri Matthews
  • “Twiddly Things,” Adara Todd

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Lead Effects Artist: David Horsley; CG Look Development Lead: Eric Wachtman; Senior Compositor: Timur Khodzhaev; Compositor: Daniel Leatherdale; Lead CG Lighter: Terrance Tomberg
  • “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation; Effects Sequence Lead: Matt Titus; Effects Sequence Lead: Jeff Budsberg; Effects Sequence Lead: Carl Hooper; Effects Sequence Lead: Louis Flores; Effects Sequence Lead: Jason Mayer
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Head of Effects Animation: Marlon West; Effects Lead: Erin V. Ramos; Effects Lead: Blair Pierpont; Foundation Effects Lead: Ian J. Coony; Effects Lead: John M. Kosnik
  • “The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions; Special Effects Supervisor: Mouloud Oussid
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Effects Lead: Thom Wickes; Effects Lead: Henrik Fält; Effects Animator: Dong Joo Byun; Effects Animator: Rattanin Sirinaruemarn; Effects Animator: Sam Klock

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • “Deepwater Horizon,” Lionsgate; The Rig;  Effects TD Supervisor: Raul Essig; Digital Artist : Mark Chataway; Lead Digital Artist : George Kuruvilla; Digital Artist : Mihai Cioroba
  • “Doctor Strange,” Marvel, Mirror Dimension; FX Supervisor: Georg Kaltenbrunner; Digital Artist : Michael Marcuzzi; Digital Artist : Thomas Bevan; Digital Artist: Andrew Graham; Digital Artist: Jihyun Yoon
  • “Ghostbusters,” Iloura; Animator: Terry Bannon; Animator: Nicholas Tripodi; Animator: Daniel Fotheringham; Animator: Matt Weaver; Animator: Julien Boudou
  • “The BFG,” Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures; Lead Effects TD: Claude Schitter; Senior Previs Animator: Benjaman Folkman; Senior Effects TD: Gary Boyle; FX Supervisor: David Caeiro; CG Supervisor: Luke Millar
  • “Warcraft,” Legendary/Universal; Magic; Legendary/ Universal; FX Supervisor: John Hansen; Lead Artist: George Kuruvilla; Lead Artist: Alexis Hall, Lead Artist: Gordon Chapman; Lead Artist: Ben O’Brien

Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “Atomic Puppet,” Mercury Filmworks, Gaumont Animation, Technicolor; Character Animator: Barry Kennedy; Characters: Disastro, Phil Felt, Joey Felt, Old
  • Man, Atomic Puppet, Mookie, Vivian Felt, Smoke Monster, Principal Wartickle, Sword Sister (Paulina), Were-chicken, Chicken, Mr. Inkwood, Cornelius (Octopus), Atomic Android, incidental characters
  • “DreamWorks Trollhunters,” Episode: Becoming, Part 1, DreamWorks Animation Television; Character Animator: Mike Chaffe; Characters: Blinky, Aaarrrgghh!!
  • “The Snowy Day,”   Amazon Studios and Karrot Entertainment; Lead Animator: Rob Thomson; Character: Peter, Mom, Nana and other various characters
  • “Tumble Leaf,” Episode: Thinking Outside The Hoop / Fig’s HayMaze-ing Wander, Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment; Lead Animator: Dan MacKenzie; Characters: Fig, Hedge, Stick, Okra, Maple, Pine, Buckeye, Gourd, Chickens
  • “Tumble Leaf,” Episode: Mighty Mud Movers / Having a Ball, Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment; Lead Animator: Joe Heinen; Characters: Fig, Hedge, Stick, Buckeye, Pine, Beetles

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Finding Dory,” Pixar Animation Studios; Character Development and Animation: Erick Oh; Characters: All Characters
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” Laika; Animator: Jan Maas; Characters: Multiple
  • “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation; Animation Supervisor: Ludovic Bouancheau; Characters: Various
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Animator: Dave Hardin Charactes: Judy Hopps, Stu Hopps, Bonnie Hopps, Chief Bogo, Nick Wilde,
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Animator: Chad Sellers; Characters: Mr. Big, Koslov, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Flash

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • “Captain America: Civil War,” Marvel Studios; Spider-man; ILM Animation Supervisor: Steve Rawlins; CG Lead Artist: Ebrahim Jahromi; Associate Animation Supervisor: Cedric Lo; CG Lead Artist: Stephen King; Digital Artist: Yair Gutierrez
  • “Games of Thrones,” HBO, Episode: Battle of the Bastards; Visual Effects By Iloura: Nicholas Tripodi; Visual Effects By Iloura: Dean Elliott; Visual Effects By Iloura: James Hollingworth; Visual Effects By Iloura: Matt Weaver
  • “The Jungle Book,”  Walt Disney Pictures; Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones; Animation Supervisor: Peta Bayley; Animation Supervisor: Gabriele Zucchelli; Character Supervisor: Benjamin Jones
  • “The Jungle Book,” Walt Disney Pictures; Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones; Senior Animation Supervisor: Paul Story; Animation Supervisor: Dennis Yoo; Motion Editor: Eteuati Tema; Senior Facial Modeller: Andrei Coval
  • “Warcraft ,” Legendary/Universal; Orcs; Animation Supervisor: Hal Hickel; Digital Artist : Jee Young Park; Digital Artist: Kai-Hua Lan; Animation Supervisor: Cedric Lo; Animation Supervisor: KimHuat Ooi

Character Animation in a Video Game

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends,” Ludia Inc.; Character Animator: Lucio Mennillo; Character: Donatello Vision; Character Animator: Martine Quesnel;  Character: Leonardo Vision; Character Animator: Alexandre Cheff; Character: Donatello LARP; Character Animator: Laura Gorrie; Character: Leatherhead LARP; Lead Animator: Guillaume Charrin; Character: Raphael Vision
  • “Titanfall 2,” Respawn Entertainment; Character Animator: Ranon Sarono, Character: Jack Cooper, BT-7274, Weapons; Character Animator: Shawn Wilson; Character: BT-7274, Creatures; Lead Animator: Mark Grigsby Character: BT-7274, Jack Cooper, Viper, Weapons; Lead Animator: Paul Messerly Character: BT-7274, Jack Cooper, AI; Character Animator: Moy Parra, Character BT-7274, Villains
  • “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” Naughty Dog; Lead Animator: Jeremy Yates Character: All; Lead Animator: Almudena Soria Character: All; Lead Animator: Eric Baldwin Character: All; Lead Animator: Paul Davies Character: All; Lead Animator: Tom Bland Character: All; Witcher 3 Expansion Packs – Character Animation Reel; CDProjekt Red Lead Animator: Sebastian Kalemba; Character: Directing role

Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production 

  • “Counterfeit Cat,” Episode: 28 Seconds Later, Tricon Kids & Family and Wildseed Kids; Art Director: Raphaël Chabassol;  Character: Full cast: Max, Gark, Betty, etc.
  • “DreamWorks Trollhunters,” Episode: Win, Lose or Draal, DreamWorks Animation Television; Character Designer: Victor Maldonado, Character: All Characters; Character Designer: Alfredo Torres, Character: All Characters; Character Designer: Jules Rigolle, Character: All Characters
  • “Pig Goat Banana Cricket,” Episode: It’s Time to Slumber Party, Nickelodeon; Character Designer: Jennifer Wood, Character: Various
  • “Rain or Shine,” Google Spotlight Stories/Nexus Studios; Character Design: Robin Davey, Character: Multiple
  • “Wander Over Yonder,” Episode: The Night Out, Disney Television Animation; Character Designer: Benjamin Balistreri, Character: Various

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Character Designer: Shannon Tindle, Characters: Multiple
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Art Director Characters: Bill Schwab, Characters: Moana, Maui, Pua, Heihei, Tamatoa, Kakamora, Lalotai Characters (Realm of Monsters); Visual Development Artist: Jin Kim,  Charactesr: Moana, Maui, Gramma Tala, Sina, Ancestor Wayfinders, Lalotai Characters (Realm of Monsters), Te Kā
  • “The Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination Entertainment; Character Design by: Eric Guillon Character: All
  • “Trolls,” DreamWorks Animation; Art Director: Tim Lamb, Characters: Trolls; Character Designer: Craig Kellman, Characters: Bergens
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Character Design : Cory Loftis, Characters: Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Flash, Chief Bogo, Clawhauser, Mr. Big, Fru Fru, Koslov, Bellwether, Yax, Finnick, Doug, Mr. and Mrs. Otterton, Duke Weaselton, Misc. Characters

Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “A Love Story,” Passion Pictures; Director: Saschka Unseld
  • “Adventure Time,” Episode: Bad Jubies, Cartoon Network Studios; Director: Kirsten Lepore
  • “Open Season: Scared Silly,” Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly; Sony Pictures Animation; Director: David Feiss
  • “Pearl,” Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures; Director: Patrick Osborne
  • “Wander Over Yonder,” Episode: My Fair Hatey, Disney Television Animation; Director: Dave Thomas; Director: Eddie Trigueros; Director: Justin Nichols

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Director: Travis Knight
  • “My Life as a Zucchini,”GKids; Director: Claude Barras
  • “The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli,  Wild Bunch,  Why Not Productions; Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
  • “Your Name.,” CoMix Wave Films; Director: Makoto Shinkai
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Director: Byron Howard; Director: Rich Moore

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “Bob’s Burgers,” Episode: Glued, Where’s My Bob?, Bento Box Entertainment; Composer: Loren Bouchard; Composer: John Dylan Keith
  • “Disney Mickey Mouse,” Episode: Dancevidaniya, Disney Television Animation; Composer: Christopher Willis
  • “DreamWorks Trollhunters,” Episode: Becoming, Part 1, DreamWorks Animation Television; Composer: Alexandre Desplat; Composer: TimDavis
  • “Pearl,” Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures; Composer: Scot Stafford; Composer/Lyricist: Alexis Harte; Composer/Lyricist: JJ Wiesler
  • “Star Wars Rebels,” Episode: #2-24: Twilight of the Apprentice, LucasfilmLtd. / Disney XD; Composer: Kevin Kiner

Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders,” Warner Bros. Animation; Composer: Kristopher Carter; Composer: Lolita Ritmanis; Composer: Michael McCuistion
  • “Sing,” Illumination Entertainment; Composer: Joby Talbot
  • “The Little Prince,” Netflix and On Animation Studios; Composer: Hans Zimmer; Composer: Richard Harvey; Composer/Lyricist: Camille
  • “The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions; Composer: Laurent Perez del Mar
  • “The Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination Entertainment, Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Production Design in an Animated Television Broadcast Production

  • “Adventure TIme,” Episode: Bad Jubies; Bix Pix Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Frederator Studios; Production Design: Jason Kolowski
  • “Pearl,” Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures; Production Design: Tuna Bora
  • “Puffin Rock,” Episode: The First Snow, Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears and Penguin for Netflix; Production Design: Lily Bernard
  • “Rain or Shine,” Google Spotlight Stories/Nexus Studios; Production Design: Robin Davey
  • “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show,” Episode: The Wrath of Hughes, DreamWorks Animation Television; Production Design: Kevin Dart; Production Design: Sylvia Liu; Production Design: Chris Turnham; Production Design: Eastwood Wong

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Production Design: Nelson Lowry; Production Design: Trevor Dalmer; Production Design: August Hall; Production Design: Ean McNamara
  • “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation; Production Design: Raymond Zibach; Production Design: Max Boas
  • “The Little Prince,” Netflix and On Animation Studio; Production Design: Lou Romano; Production Design: Alexander Juhasz; Production Design: Celine Desrumaux
  • “Trolls,” DreamWorks Animation; Production Design: Kendal Cronkhite; Production Design: Tim Lamb
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Production Design: David Goetz; Production Design: Matthias Lechner

Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “Atomic Puppet,” Episode: Sick Day, Mercury Filmworks, Gaumont Animation, Technicolor; Storyboard Artist: Kyle Marshall
  • “Disney Mickey Mouse,” Episode: Road Hogs, Disney Television Animation; Storyboard Artist: Heiko Von Drengenberg
  • “DreamWorks Trollhunters,” Episode: Win, Lose or Draal, DreamWorks Animation Television; Storyboard Artist: Hyunjoo Song
  • “Milo Murphy’s Law,” Episode: Going the Extra Milo, Disney Television Animation; Storyboard Artist: Dan Povenmire; Storyboard Artist: Kyle Menke
  • “The Adventures of Puss in Boots,” Episode: Prey Time, DreamWorks Animation Television; Storyboard Artist: Ben Juwono

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Finding Dory,” Pixar Animation Studios; Storyboard Artist: Trevor Jimenez
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Storyboard Artist: Mark Garcia
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Storyboard Artist: Normand Lemay
  • “Trolls,” DreamWorks Animation; Storyboard Artist: Claire Morrissey
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Storyboard Artist: Dean Wellins

Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “BoJack Horseman,” Episode: Multiple Episodes; Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix; Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen
  • “Open Season: Scared Silly,” Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly; Sony Pictures Animation; Will Townsend as Mr. Weenie
  • “Splash and Bubbles,” Episode: #102 I Only Have Eyespots/Double Bubbles; The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Entertainment; Puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as: Bubbles
  • “Star Wars Rebels,” Episode: #3-05: Hera’s Heroes, LucasfilmLtd. / Disney XD; Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn
  • “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show,” Episode: Ponce de León; DreamWorks Animation Television; Carlos Alazraqui as Ponce de León

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Art Parkinson as Kubo
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Auli’i Cravalho as Moana
  • “Storks,” Warner Animation Group; Katie Crown as Tulip
  • “Trolls,” DreamWorks Animation; Zooey Deschanel as Bridget
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde

Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “Bob’s Burgers,” Episode: The Hormone-iums, Bento Box Entertainment; Writer: Lizzie Molyneux; Writer: Wendy Molyneux
  • “Gravity Falls.” Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls, Disney TV Animation; Writer: Shion Takeuchi; Writer: Mark Rizzo; Writer: Jeff Rowe; Writer: Josh Weinstein; Writer: Alex Hirsch
  • “Puffin Rock – The First Snow,” Episode: 59; Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, Penguin Random House; Writer: Davey Moore
  • “The Simpson,” Episode: Barthood, Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television; Writer: Dan Greaney
  • “The Simpsons,” Episode: The Burns Cage; Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television; Writer: Rob LaZebnik

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika; Writer: Marc Haimes; Writer: Chris Butler
  • “My Life as a Zucchini,” GKids; Writer: Céline Sciamma
  • “The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions; Writer:Michael Dudok de Wit; Writer: Pascale Ferran
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Writer: Jared Bush; Writer: Phil Johnston

Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • “All Hail King Julien,” Episode: King Julien Superstar!; DreamWorks Animation Television; David Craig, Jeff Adams
  • “Bob’s Burgers,” Episode: Sea Me Now; Bento Box Entertainment; Mark Seymour, Chuck Smith, Eric Davidson
  • “Disney Mickey Mouse,” Episode: Sock Burglar, Disney Television Animation; Illya Owens
  • “Gravity Falls,” Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls, Disney TV Animation; Kevin Locarro; Andrew Sorcini; Nancy Frazen; Tony Mizgalski
  • “Star Wars Rebels,” Episode: #2-24: Twilight of the Apprentice; LucasfilmLtd. / Disney XD; Joe E. Elwood, Alex McDonnell

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • “April and the Extraordinary World,” GKids, Nazim Meslem
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika, Christopher Murrie
  • “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios, Jeff Draheim
  • “Sausage Party,” Columbia Pictures, Annapurna Pictures; Kevin Pavlovic
  • “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Fabienne Rawley, Jeremy Milton

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‘Monsters University’ & ‘Toy Story of Terror’ Earn Annie Nominations [UPDATE: Winners Announced]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • February 2, 2014

It’s that time of the year again. The International Animated Film Society has just announced the nominees for the 41st annual Annie Awards – the first of many award shows to come. Monsters University and Disney’s Frozen led the pack with ten nominations; both are contenders for Best Animated Feature alongside A Letter to Momo, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, The Croods, and The Wind Rises. Monsters U also received nominations in the following categories:

  • Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Joshua Jenny, Jason Johnston, Matthew Wong, Eric Froemling, Enrique Vila)
  • Character Animation in a Feature Production (John Chun Chiu Lee)
  • Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Chris Sasaki)
  • Music in an Animated Feature Production (Randy Newman)
  • Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Ricky Nierva, Robert Kondo, Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi)
  • Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Dean Kelly)
  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Billy Crystal as Mike)
  • Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon)
  • Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom)

Toy Story of Terror also garnered quite a bit of attention, earning seven nominations among five categories:

  • Best Animated Special Production
  • Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (3 individual nominations: JC Tran Quang Thieu, David DeVan, and Kureha Yokoo)
  • Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Angus MacLane)
  • Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Daniel Chong)
  • Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Axel Geddes, Kathy Graves, Chloe Kloezeman)

For a complete list of nominees, head over to the Annie Awards website. Check back on February 1, 2014 for the winners.

UPDATE: The winners have been revealed. Pixarians took home a total of five awards; three for Toy Story of Terror and two for Monsters University. Those were:

  • Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Dean Kelly, Monsters University)
  • Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom, Monsters University)
  • Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Kureha Yokoo, Toy Story of Terror)
  • Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Angus MacLane, Toy Story of Terror)
  • Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Daniel Chong, Toy Story of Terror)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

 

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (11/15/13)

Awards, Behind The Scenes, Blu-Ray, Ed Catmull, Monsters University, Round-Ups, The Blue Umbrella

Posted by Brkyo614 • November 15, 2013

Now that Toy Story of Terror and the Monsters University DVD are out, it could be a while before we hear any major news on the Pixar front. Still, here are a few updates that have popped up over the last week:

Complete Pixar Blu-ray Collection: If you’ve yet to upgrade your Pixar DVD collection to Blu-ray, now is the perfect chance with this 22-disc collection that includes every Pixar feature and short to date (with the exception of Toy Story of Terror, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex). The one caveat: it’s only available in the UK on region B discs. If you’re still on board, order the collection now on Amazon.

Disney Releases Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella Screenplays: Each year, Disney showcases their films for award consideration on the Walt Disney Studios Awards website. Though not yet fully fleshed out, the site has been updated for 2013 with pages for Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella. Most notably, it also features screenplays for both films; check them out here and here. (The Blue Umbrella is a particularly interesting read.)

The Making of The Blue Umbrella: If that screenplay piqued your interest, Indiewire has a feature exploring the earliest steps in the creation of The Blue Umbrella, including some fascinating live-action test footage. Be sure to take a look! (via Pixar Post)

Ed Catmull Details His Experience with Pixar in Upcoming Book: There have been a handful of books detailing Pixar’s rich history over the years – The Pixar Touch and To Infinity and Beyond! come to mind – but we’ve yet to see a substantial firsthand account of the studio’s rise. Now, Pixar founder Ed Catmull is set to collaborate with Amy Wallace on a new book on his time at Pixar: Creativity, Inc. Releasing next April, the book will “provide an inside account of Pixar’s rise from a small, money-losing hardware company to a movie studio with 1,200 employees and a streak of fourteen No. 1 movies in a row that has garnered 30 Academy Awards and earned more than $7 billion worldwide.” Pre-orders are already available on Amazon.

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‘Brave’ Nets Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Nominations! [UPDATE 2x]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • January 10, 2013

Pixar has had a pretty strong track record in the awards scene –  their features have been nominated for almost three dozen Academy Awards – so it was disappointing, if somewhat predictable when Cars 2 became their first film not to be nominated in any category at the Oscars. Thankfully, the studio is back on track with Brave, which earned nominations at the Academy Awards as well as the Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards.

Alongside Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-it Ralph, Brave is one of the five films nominated in the Best Animated Feature category at the 85th Academy Awards. The lack of a single nomination in any sound or music categories surprised me (seriously, Ted over Brave for Best Original Song?), but it’s nice to see Pixar back in the competition nonetheless. The movie also received Best Animated Feature nods at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

Look out for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award winners on January 13, February 10, and February 24, respectively.

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UPDATE: Brave took home the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film! Watch the acceptance speech by Mark Andrews here.

UPDATE 2: Pixarians also won two Annie Awards for their work on the film: Steve Pilcher for Production Design and Nicholas A. Smith, Robert Graham Jones, and David Suther for their editorial work. Check out their speeches (via Pixar Post) on YouTube.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (12/8/12)

Awards, Brave, Pete Docter, Round-Ups, Short Film

Posted by Brkyo614 • December 8, 2012

Happy December! None of these new stories are earth-shattering, but they still provide a small glimpse into Pixar’s future:

Pixar’s Next Short Nears Completion: Over the past few months, Rainy City Tales 332 has been quietly cataloging the development of an animated short that’s all but confirmed to be from Pixar. Yesterday was the final day of sound mixing for the production, suggesting that the short is essentially complete. With Monsters, Inc.
3D launching in less than two weeks and still without an attached short film, I think it’s possible that the studio could unveil this
mystery short very soon.

Pixar Returning to Netflix: Disney and Pixar movies were once available on Netflix through a deal with Starz, but the expiration of their agreement caused the films to be pulled down earlier this year. This week, however, Disney signed a deal with the video streaming service stating that future films from Disney and Pixar will be available for streaming beginning in 2016. The deal also mentions Disney’s direct-to-DVD output launching on the service in 2013, which may include next year’s Planes. (Via Deadline Hollywood)

More Brave Rewards News: Continuing its recent awards push, Disney has opened up its official awards site, highlighting Disney Animation’s excellent year with pages for Brave, Frankenweenie, Paperman, and Wreck-it Ralph. Additionally, Awards Daily (Via Pixar Times) posted a trio of new awards ads for Brave here.

Possible Title for Pete Docter’s Next Feature: Previously known as The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind, Bleeding Cool has learned that the final title for Pete Docter’s 2015 Pixar film could be The Inside Out. There’s still no word from Pixar, so look out for an official announcement in the future.

Your thoughts?

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‘Brave’ Up For 8 Annie Awards!

Annie Awards, Awards, Brave

Posted by Brkyo614 • December 3, 2012

With the new year swiftly approaching, awards season is finally kicking into gear; Disney recently began a for-your-consideration campaign for Brave, and now the film has received its first award nominations at the 40th annual Annie Awards.

The International Animated Film Society revealed the nominations this morning. Pixar’s latest is nominated in eight categories, including thrice in Character Animation in a Feature Production, bringing it to a total of ten nominations:

Best Animated Feature
Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Briwn – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Dan Nguyen – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Jaime Landes – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Travis Hathaway – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Mandel – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Steve Pilcher – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Kelly MacDonald as Merida – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Nicholas A. Smith, ACE, Robert Graham Jones, ACE, David Suther – Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

La Luna was nominated for Best Animated Short Subject last year, hence its omission – Partysaurus Rex, however, is nowhere to be seen.

Since Brave was a solid, but not stellar success with critics, it’ll be interesting to see how it fares against this year’s strong competition. Check back after the Annie Awards ceremony is held on February 2.

(Via Big Screen Animation)

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GMA: Can TS3 Win Best Picture?

Academy Awards, Awards, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • February 24, 2011

Who will win Best Picture? With the Academy Awards only three days away, that’s the question on everybody’s mind.

ABC’s Good Morning America wanted to know Toy Story 3‘s chances at taking home the top prize so they went to Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, for his opinions. Check out the interview/profile, embedded below:

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live February 27, 2011 on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre beginning at 8 PM ET.

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TS3 at the Grammy + BAFTA Awards!

Awards, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • February 13, 2011

Two award shows, one night.

Let’s clarify, the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the 53rd Grammy Awards were both held Sunday evening, but in different time zones, of course. In any case, Toy Story 3 came out victorious at both ceremonies.

BAFTA Awards: Lee Unkrich was in London today to accept the Best Animated Feature award from the British Academy. Toy Story 3 was nominated in three categories that night. See a full list of winners and nominees here.

Grammy Awards: Randy Newman took home another well-deserved Grammy Award for (get ready) Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual. This is the Toy Story 3 composer’s fifth Recording Academy win. Click here for all 109 Grammy categories.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich and Randy Newman!

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Day & Night Takes Home VES Award!

Awards, Day & Night

Posted by Martin • February 2, 2011

The 9th Annual VES Awards, held by the Visual Effects Society, yielded one big win and a couple of disappointments.

First, for the bad news: Although Toy Story 3 was nominated in two categories, it did not emerge victorious last night. You win some, you lose some.

However, Pixar was able to secure a key prize. Teddy Newton’s celebrated film, Day & Night, took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short. Newton must be ecstatic!

To see a full list of winners, click here.

Congratulations, Teddy Newton + the Pixar crew!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (01/31/11)

Academy Awards, Awards, Day & Night, Round-Ups, Short Film, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • January 31, 2011

Who can keep their mind in the present when we’re always looking forwards and backwards in time?

Why do I bring this up? The stories that follow focus on Pixar’s celebrated achievements of 2010 and give us a taste of an upcoming 2012 project… Enjoy!

Lee Unkrich at Animated Oscar Symposium: Meet Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich at the Academy‘s Oscar Nominated Animated Features Symposium on February 24. Also featuring directors Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist), this is shaping up to be an evening that fans of the medium won’t want to miss! Click for details.

Shorts! with Teddy Newton: Day & Night director, Teddy Newton, will make an appearance at an Oscar Nominee symposium as well, appropriately titled "Shorts!" Nominees in both the live-action and animated short form competition are all expected to be in attendance on Feb. 22. Click for details.

Tickets for both Beverly Hills, CA events go on sale tomorrow. General admission (for each event) is $5. [via Pixar Blog]

A Preview of Pixar’s 2012 Short: Although it may not be an image or a clip, Day & Night producer Kevin Reher spoke to Animation World Network about the short film that will be attached to Brave in theatres—

"It’s funny, the new film we’re finishing production on now, which will be attached to Brave in 2012, it’s three characters and two sets, and man, how easy it is. It’s different, there’re no gags… It’s beautiful, it’s lyrical, it’s very different from all the other ones. It’s amazing how easy it can be when you just have 3 characters and 2 sets."  [via Pixar Times/AWN]

Can’t wait to see what he means by that! Read the full interview with Teddy Newton and Kevin Reher here.

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