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Disney dominates Annie Award nominations [Updated]

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UPDATED 9:30 a.m.: Walt Disney Animation Studios dominated the 37th annual Annie Award nominations announced Tuesday morning with 17 nods, including eight for "The Princess and the Frog" and nine for its upcoming ABC TV special, "Prep and Landing."

The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society and honor the best in animated features, television, productions, commercials, short subjects and individual achievements in the field of animation.

The traditional 2-D animated "Princess and the Frog" was nominated for best animated feature, as well as earning individual nominations for animated effects, character animation, production design and voice acting.

Joining "Princess" in the best animated feature category are "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Secret of Kells" and "Up."

Nominees in the best home entertainment production are "Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas," "Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder," "Green Lantern: First Flight," "Open Season 2" and "SpongeBob vs. the Big One."

Nominated for best animated short are "Pups of Liberty," "Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5," "Santa, the Fascist Years," "The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky" and "The Story of Walls."

Competing in the best animated TV production are "Glenn Martin, DDS," "Merry Madagascar," "Prep and Landing" and "The Simpsons."

Vying for best animated television production for children are "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "SpongBob Squarepants," "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack," "The Mighty B!" and "The Penguins of Madagascar."

The nominees for directing in a feature are Wes Anderson for "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Pete Docter for "Up," Christopher Miller and Phil Lord for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," Hayao Miyazaki for "Ponyo" and Henry Selick for "Coraline."

Writing in a feature production nominees are Anderson and Noah Baumbach for "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Docter, Bob Peterson and Tom McCarthy for "Up," Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers for "Astro Boy" and Miller and Lord for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

The winners will be announced Feb. 6 at a ceremony at Royce Hall at UCLA.

Best Animated Feature

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," Sony Pictures Animation;
"Coraline," Laika;
"Fantastic Mr. Fox," 20th Century Fox;
"The Princess and the Frog," Walt Disney Animation Studios;
"The Secret of the Kells," Cartoon Saloon;
"Up," Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television Production

"Glenn Martin, DDS," Torante, Cuppa Coffee Studios & Roger Communications;
"Merry Madagascar," DreamWorks Animation;
"Prep and Landing," ABC Family/Walt Disney Animation Studios;
"The Simpsons," Gracie Films

Voice Acting in a Television Production

Danny Jacobs, Voice of King Julien, "Merry Madagascar," DreamWorks Animation;
Nicky Jones, Voice of Chowder, "Chowder: The Dinner Theatre," Cartoon Network Studios;
Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob, "SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square," Nickelodeon;
Dwight Schultz, Voice of Mung Daal, "Chowder: The Party Cruise,: Cartoon Network Studios;
Willow Smith, Voice of Abby, "Merry Madagascar," DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Jen Cody, Voice of Charlotte, "The Princess and the Frog," Walt Disney Animation;
Dawn French, Voice of Miss Forcible, "Coraline," Laika;
Hugh Laurie, Voice of Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., "Monsters vs. Aliens," DreamWords Animation;
John Leguizamo, Voice of Sid, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur," Blue Sky Studios;
Jennifer Lewis, Voice of Mama Odie, "The Princess and the Frog," Walt Disney Animation Studios

For a complete list of nominees, go to  www.annieawards.org/consideration.html

-- Susan King

Photo: "The Princess and the Frog" / Disney Enterprises

Original post: Walt Disney Animation Studios dominated the 37th annual Annie Award nominations announced Tuesday morning with 17 nods, including eight for “The Princess and the Frog” and nine for its upcoming ABC special, “Prep and Landing."

The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society and honor the best in animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and individual achievements in the field of animation.

The winners will be announced Feb. 6 at a ceremony at Royce Hall at UCLA.

-- Susan King


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I hope "Coraline" wins! I love the movie and the book!

As unlikely as it is, I hope "Astro Boy" wins for best writing. No other animated film this year moved me to both tears and laughter like that one did. In that regard, it easily surpasses "Up".

This was a great year for animated movies, and just in time too, I was starting to lose faith. I wish Coraline got more attention, it is such a wonderful movie. That being said I still hope that Up wins everything it was nominated for.

Correction at end for clarity: traditional animation over CGI.

If you look at the complete list, WDAS did have the most for a studio, but Pixar drew 9 nominations for "Up"--one more than "The Princess and the Frog". Still, it looks like an lot of noms for Disney-affiliated studios; between WDAS, Pixar, Disney Television Animation (one nom) and Disney-distributed Studio Ghibli (two noms), that's 29 noms for Disney-affiliated studios out of 105 total. And it suggests PATF could give "Up" a run for its money, if only because old-timers (especially at the Academy) may prefer 2D animation over 3D.



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