“Kung Fu Panda” was the big winner at the 36th annual Annie Awards Friday evening, capturing 11 awards, including best animated feature and voice acting in an animated feature for Dustin Hoffman.
The DreamWorks Animation hit about a roly-poly panda who dreams of becoming a martial arts master of kung fu bested its competition, especially including Pixar/Disney’s “Wall-E,” which has recently won the Golden Globe award for best animated feature and is considered to be the front-runner for an Oscar in the outstanding animated feature category.
The animation awards were announced by the International Animated Film Society at a ceremony Friday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Tom Kenny, the voice of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants, was the host.
“Kung Fu Panda” also won Annies for best animated video game, animated effects for Li-Ming “Lawrence” Lee, character animation in a feature production for James Baxter, character design in an animated feature production for Nico Marlet, directing in an animated feature production for John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, musical score for Hans Zimmer and John Powell, production design in an animated feature for Tang Heng, storyboarding in an animated feature for Jen Yuh Nelson and writing in an animated feature production for Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
Other winners announced Friday:
Home entertainment production: “Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs”
Short subject: “Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death”
Character animation in TV production or shot form: Pierre Perifel, “Secrets of the Furious Five”
Character design in an animated TV production or short form: Nico Marlet, “Secrets of the Furious Five”
Music in an animated TV production or short form: Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer and John Powell, “Secrets of the Furious Five”
Production design for an animated TV production or short form, Tang Heng, “Secrets of the Furious Five”
TV commercial: United Airlines “Heart”
Television production: “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II”
Television production produced for Children: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
Directing in an animated TV production or short form: Joaquim Dos Santo, “Avatar: The Last Airbender — Sozin’s Comet Pt. 3”
Storyboarding in an animated television production or short form: Chris Williams, “Glago’s Guest”
Voice acting in an animated television production or short form: Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Bainks, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II.”
Writing in an animated TV production or short form: Tom Root, Douglas Goldstein, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Welles, Breckin Meyer-“Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II”
Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park also received the Winsor McCay special award for career contributions to the art of animation; Bill Turner was the recipient of the June Foray Award for "significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation"; and Amir Avini, Mike Fontanelli, Kathy Turner and Alex Vassilev were given a certificate of merit award.
Photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation