The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animation across film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects.
In the feature categories, Pixar Animation Studios’ Ratatouille leads the field this year with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature as well as individual nominations for directing, writing, character animation, animated effects (two nominations), production design, storyboarding, character design, character animation, music and voice acting (three nominations). Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up follows with 10 feature nominations for feature, animated effects, animation production artists, character animation (two nominations), character design, and directing.
Rounding out the Best Animated Feature category are DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie, Sony Pictures Classics’ Persepolis, and Twentieth Century Fox’s The Simpsons Movie.
For television, Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre” leads the pack with four nominations for Best Animated Television Production for Children, and individual nominations for character animation, character design, and music. The Best Animated Television Production nominees this year are “Creative Comforts America” from Aardman Animations, “Jane and the Dragon” from Weta Productions Limited & Nelvana Limited, “Kim Possible” from Walt Disney Television Animation, as well as “Moral Orel” and “Robot Chicken Star Wars” from ShadowMachine.
2007 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY
Best Animated Feature
Bee Movie DreamWorks Animation
Best Home Entertainment Production
Doctor Strange MLG Productions
Best Animated Short Subject
Everything Will Be OK Bitter Films
Best Animated Television Commercial
CVS Watering Can Acme Filmworks
Best Animated Television Production
Jane and the Dragon Weta Productions Limited & Nelvana Limited
Best Animated Television Production for Children
Chowder Cartoon Network Studios
Best Animated Video Game
Avatar: The Last Airbender “The Burning Earth” THQ, Inc.
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Gary Bruins “Ratatouille” Pixar Animation Studios
Animation Production Artist
John Clark “Surf’s Up” Sony Pictures Animation
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Dave Hardin “Surf’s Up” Sony Pictures Animation
Character Animation in a Television Production
Elizabeth Harvatine – Moral Orel “Nature 2” ShadowMachine
Character Design in an Animated Television Production
Jorge R. Gutierrez El Tigre “Fistful of Collars” – Nickelodeon
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Brad Bird “Ratatouille” Pixar Animation Studios
Directing in an Animated Television Production
Seth Green “Robot Chicken Star Wars” ShadowMachine
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Olivier Bernet “Persepolis” Sony Pictures Classics
Music in an Animated Television Production
Alf Clausen & Michael Price The Simpsons “Yokel Chords” Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Doug Chiang “Beowulf” Paramount Pictures
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Don Hall “Meet The Robinsons” Walt Disney Feature Animation
Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production
Ben Balistreri Danny Phantom “Torrent of Terror” Nickelodeon
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Janeane Garofalo Voice of Collette “Ratatouille” Pixar Animation Studios
Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
Scott Adsit Voice of Clay Puppington “Moral Orel” ShadowMachine
Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Brad Bird “Ratatouille” Pixar Animation Studios
Writing in an Animated Television Production
C.H. Greenblatt & William Reiss Chowder “Burple Nurples” Cartoon Network Studios
WINSOR MCCAY AWARD WINNERS (career contributions to the art of animation)
John Canemaker – Animation historian, educator, Oscar winning filmmaker. Canemaker’s tomes on Windsor McCay and Felix The Cat, his numerous books on Disney history (The Nine Old Men, Mary Blair, etc.) are essential references. Canemaker is Chair of NYU’s Animation Program and won an Academy Award for his animated short The Moon And The Son: An Imagined Conversation.
Glen Keane – One of the leading lights in the current generation of Disney character animators, Keane’s artistry has been the bedrock of many classic animated features since 1977. Most notably, Keane was lead animator of Ariel in The Little Mermaid, The Beast in Beauty and The Beast, and animated the characters Aladdin, Tarzan, Pocahontas in their respective Disney films. Aside from Disney he’s worked on animated films of Star Trek and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
John Kricfalusi – Notorious animator Kricfalusi created the influential Ren & Stimpy Show in 1991. He restored an individual look to TV animation, pushing the envelope during the “creator-driven” movement of the 1990s. He also pioneered the use of artist-driven Flash animation. His animated films and design style currently influences a new generation of cartoonists, with which he communicates personally to through his blog.
JUNE FORAY (significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)
UB IWERKS (technical achievement)
Jonathan Gay, Gary Grossman and Robert Tatsumi the creators of FLASH computer software
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT ANNIE AWARD
Edward R. Leonard – promoting the Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software development
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT