‘Kung Fu Panda’ leads the way at the Annies with 17 noms

Posted by · 11:00 am · December 1st, 2008

Kung Fu PandaDreamWorks Animation has to be happy this morning.  The studio pulled in 27 total nominations with the International Animated Film Society’s annual Annie Awards, including 17 for “Kung Fu Panda,” which led with the most nominations and nearly double the next film on the list.  Walt Disney’s “Bolt” took down 9 nods while Pixar’s “WALL-E” managed 8.

As for Oscar, I’m still sticking with my predicted three: “Kung Fu Panda,” “WALL-E” and Ari Folman’s “Waltz with Bashir,” which also did well today.  But I will say that my spoil sense is tingling regarding “Bolt.”  Maybe it will surprise and knock “Waltz” out of the running, maybe not, but there is a definite constituency of support for that film both within the industry (as witnessed by the nominations tally) and in the critical fraternity.  But the safe bet is that Folman’s unique documentary secures a spot.

Speaking of “Bolt,” if there is any competition for Ben Burtt in the voice acting category, it had better be Mark Walton, the closest I’ve ever come to considering a vocal performance Oscar-worthy since Ellen Degeneres in “Finding Nemo.”  And additionally, congrats to Mike Judge for the Winsor McKay designation.  A true hero to the form, from a “Beavis” head from way back.

The Annie Awards will be held Friday, January 30 in Los Angeles.  The nominees are (with more — much more — after the jump):

Best Animated Feature
“Bolt” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
“$9.99” (Sherman Pictures/Lama Films)
“WALL-E”  (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Waltz With Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, Razor Films)

Best Animated Home Entertainment Production
“Batman: Gotham Knight” (Warner Bros. Animation)
“Christmas Is Here Again” (Easy To Dream Entertainment)
“Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs” (The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
“Justice League: The New Frontier” (Warner Bros. Animation)
“The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” (DisneyToon Studios)

Best Animated Short Subject
“Glago’s Guest” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Hot Dog” (Bill Plympton Studio)
“Presto” (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Sebastian’s Voodoo” (Joaquin Baldwin)
“Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death” (Aardman Animations Ltd.)

Best Animated Television Commercial
“Giant Monster” (Curious Pictures)
“Long Legs Mr. Hyde” (Curious Pictures)
“Rotofugi: The Collectors” (Screen Novelties)
“Sarah” (Z Animation)
“United Airlines ‘Heart’” (Duck Studios)

Best Animated Television Production
“King of the Hill” (20th Century Fox TV)
“Moral Orel” (ShadowMachine)
“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Television Animation)
“Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (ShadowMachine)
“The Simpsons” (Gracie Films/Fox TV)

Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children
“A Miser Brothers Christmas” (Warner Bros. Animation)
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” (Nickelodeon)
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends ‘Destination Imagination'” (Cartoon Network Studios)
“The Mighty B!” (Nickelodeon
“Underfist: Halloween Bash” (Cartoon Network Studios)

Best Animated Video Game
“Dead Space” (Electronic Arts)
“Kung Fu Panda” (Activision)
“WALL-E” (Heavy Iron Studios, a division of THQ, Inc.)

Animated Effects
Alen Lai, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” (Blue Sky Studios)
Li-Ming Lawrence Lee, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Fangwei Lee, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (DreamWorks Animation)
Kevin Lee, “Bolt” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Enrique Vila, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)

Character Animation in a Feature Production
James Baxter, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Jeff Gabor, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” (Blue Sky Studios)
Philippe Le Brun, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Victor Navone, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)
Dan Wagner, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)

Character Animation in a Television Production or Short Form
Sandro Cleuzo, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)
Joshua A. Jennings, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (ShadowMachine)
Pierre Perifel, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Valerie Hadida, “Igor” (Exodus Film Group)
Sang Jun Lee, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” (Blue Sky Studios)
Nico Marlet, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)

Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Bryan Arnett, “Mighty B!: ‘Bat Mitzah Crashers’” (Nickelodeon)
Ben Balistreri,  “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: ‘Mondo Coco’” (Cartoon Network Studios)
Sean Galloway, “The Spectacular Spider-Man” (Sony Pictures Television)
Jorge Gutierrez, “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: ‘The Good, The Bad, The Tigre’” (Nickelodeon)
Nico Marlet, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen, “The Tale Of Despereaux” (Universal Pictures)
Ari Folman, “Waltz With Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, Razor Films)
Tatia Rosenthal, “9.99” (Sherman Pictures/Lama Films)
John Stevenson & Mark Osborne, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Andrew Stanton, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)

Directing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Bob Anderson, “The Simpsons: ‘Treehouse of Horror XIX’” (Gracie Films/Fox TV)
Joaquim Dos Santos, “Avatar: The Last Airbender: ‘Sozin’s Comet Pt. 3’” (Nickelodeon)
Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: ‘Destination Imagination’” (Cartoon Network Studios)
Chris McKay, “Moral Orel: ‘Passing’” (ShadowMachine)
Alan Smart, “SpongeBob SquarePants: Penny Foolish” (Nickelodeon)

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Kevin Manthei, “Batman: Gotham Knight” (Warner Bros. Animation)
John Powell, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” (Blue Sky Studios)
Max Richter, “Waltz With Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, Razor Films)
William Ross, “The Tale Of Despereaux” (Universal Pictures)
Hans Zimmer & John Powell, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)

Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Carl Finch & Brave Combo, “Click and Clack’s ‘As the Wrench Turns’” (CTTV Productions)
Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer & John Powell, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)
Kevin Kiner, “Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rising Malevolence” (Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.)
Guy Moon, “Back at the Barnyard: ‘Cowman: The Uddered Avenger’” (Nickelodeon/Omation)
Guy Michelmore – “Growing Up Creepie: ‘Rockabye Freakie’” – Taffy Entertainment LLC

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Ralph Eggleston, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)
Paul Felix, “Bolt” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Tang Heng, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Evgeni Tomov, “The Tale Of Despereaux” (Universal Pictures)
Raymond Zibach, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)

Production Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Andy Harkness, “Glago’s Guest” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Tang Heng, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)
Seonna Hong, – “The Mighty B!: ‘Bee Patients’” (Nickelodeon)
Dan Krall, “Chowder: ‘The Heavy Sleeper’” (Cartoon Network Studios)
Raymond Zibach, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Alessandro Carloni, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Ronnie Del Carmen, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)
Joe Mateo, “Bolt” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Jen Yuh Nelson, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Rob Stevenhagen, “The Tale Of Despereaux” (Universal Pictures)

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Butch Hartman, “Fairly OddParents: ‘Mission: Responsible” (Nickelodeon)
Andy Kelly, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan “Twirly Whirly Flyers” (Nickelodeon Productions/Nelvana)
Andy Schuler, “Secret of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)
Eddie Trigueros, “The Mighty B!: ‘Name Shame” (Nickelodeon)
Chris Williams, “Glago’s Guest” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Ben Burtt, Voice of WALL-E, “WALL-E” (Pixar Animation Studios)
Dustin Hoffman, Voice of Shifu, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation
James Hong, Voice of Mr. Ping, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Ian McShane, Voice of Tai Lung, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Mark Walton, Voice of Rhino, “Bolt” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Ahmed Best, Voice of Jar Jar Binks, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (ShadowMachine)
Seth MacFarlane, Voice of Peter Griffin, “Family Guy: ‘I Dream of Jesus’” (Fox TV Animation/Fuzzy Door Productions)
Dwight Schultz, Voice of Mung Daal, “Chowder: ‘Apprentice Games’” (Cartoon Network Studios)

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Jon Aibel & Glenn Berger, “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation)
Etan Cohen and Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, “Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa” (DreamWorks Animation)
Ari Folman, “Waltz With Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, Razor Films)
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” (Blue Sky Studios)

Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form
Joel H. Cohen, “The Simpsons: ‘The Debarted’” (Gracie Films/Fox TV)
Scott Kreamer, “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: ‘Mustache Love’” (Nickelodeon)
Paul McEvoy and Todd Berger, “Secrets of the Furious Five” (DreamWorks Animation)
Tom Root, Douglas Goldstein, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wells, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (ShadowMachine)
Chris Williams, “Glago’s Guest” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Winsor McCay recipients
Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park for career contributions to the art of animation.

June Foray award
Bill Turner for significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

Certificate of Merit award
Amir Avini, Mike Fontanelli, Kathy Turner, Alex Vassilev.




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  • 1 12-01-2008 at 11:07 am

    matt said...

    Wall-E not nominated for music or writing? Odd…

  • 2 12-01-2008 at 11:31 am

    Mr. F said...

    Why were Ian McShane and James Hong nominated? They barely said anything. I’m still mad at them for not nominating Peter O’Toole for Ratatouille.

  • 3 12-01-2008 at 11:32 am

    Mr. F said...

    I suppose Seth McFarlane was only nominated because of how he sang “Surfin’ Bird”

  • 4 12-01-2008 at 11:53 am

    N8 said...

    Walton sure is great, but still, he doesn’t even come CLOSE to Ellen’s performance in “Nemo”.

  • 5 12-01-2008 at 12:02 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Few vocal performances do.

  • 6 12-01-2008 at 12:26 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Is this the first awards nomination for Jar Jar Binks? This is really the main news story of today, if not the year.

  • 7 12-01-2008 at 12:56 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Well that’s a little surprise there with Panda getting more nods than Wall-E. Good to see Waltz a lot there as well.

  • 8 12-01-2008 at 12:58 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Oh btw, is that the new Wallace & Gromit short film nominated in that category? Oscar lock perhaps?

  • 9 12-01-2008 at 7:27 pm

    JP said...

    Wall-E’s score and screenplay were brilliant, how did they NOT get those nods. Of all the pieces of Wall-E that were the most impressive, those were at the top. Ridiculous.

  • 10 12-01-2008 at 10:04 pm

    Glenn said...

    I’m still thinking $9.99 could surprise. it IS claymation after all and a nomination at the ANNIEs is nothing to disregard.

  • 11 12-02-2008 at 9:43 am

    Silencio said...

    I’m pulling for a Kung Fu Panda victory. That will bring some real suspense to the Oscars…

  • 12 12-03-2008 at 2:10 am

    Mack said...

    If the academy has any sense of decency it should annually reject any animated film from Dreamworks who can’t hold a candle to the masterpieces of Pixar! Having said that, I would like Wall*E, Bolt and Waltz or $9.99 to get nominated…. with Wall*E for the win!