'Rango' wins the Annie Award for animated feature
"Rango," the Oscar-nominated box-office hit about a pet chameleon who becomes sheriff of a small western town, won the Annie Award for animated feature from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, on Saturday.
The film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango, also won Annie Awards for character design for Mark "Crash" McCreery, writing for John Logan, Verbinski and James Byrkit, and editing for Craig Wood.
"Rango," which is nominated for the Academy Award for animated feature, topped a field that included "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Cars 2," "Rio" and "The Adventures of Tintin."
The 39th annual Annie Awards were handed out at a ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Patton Oswalt, who most recently appeared in "Young Adult" and was the voice of Remy in the Oscar-winning 2007 animated movie "Ratatouille," was the host of the event.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson won for directing in a feature production for "Kung Fu Panda 2," which also earned an Annie for production design for Raymond Zilbach. Steven Spielberg’s "Tintin" won Annies for music for veteran composer John Williams and animated effects for Kevin Romond.
Jeremy Spears won an Annie for feature storyboarding for "Winnie the Pooh," while Jeff Gabor took home the Annie for feature character animation for "Rio." Bill Nighy won for voice acting for his role as Grandsanta in "Arthur Christmas." Animated short honors went to Minkyu Lee for "Adam and Dog."
The group also honored animation work in live-action productions. Eric Reynolds received the award for character animation in a live-action production for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and Florent Andorra earned an Annie for animated effects in a live-action production for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Besides feature films, Annies are also presented for TV, video games and commercials.
On the TV front, "Kung Fu Panda -- Secrets of the Masters" won the Annie for animated special production, while "The Simpsons" won the award for general audience animated TV production, as well as writing for the "Treehouse of Horror XXII" episode for Caroline Omine.
Following is a list of the rest of the winners.
Animated TV commercial:
Animated TV production -- preschool:
"Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates"
Animated TV production -- children:
"The Amazing World of Gumball"
Animated video game:
"Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet"
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Character animation in a TV production:
Tony Smeed -- "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Character design in a TV production:
Bill Schwab -- "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Directing in a TV production:
Matthew Natsuk -- "The Simpsons"
Music in a TV production:
Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino -- "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Production design in a TV production:
Mark Bodnar, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson -- "Secret Mountain Fort Awesome"
Storyboarding in a TV production:
Brian Kesinger -- "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Voice acting in a TV production:
Jeff Bennett as Kowalski -- "Penguins of Madagascar"
Editing in a TV production:
Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin -- "Penguins of Madagascar"
Winsor McCay Award –- Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring, Ronald Searle
June Foray Award -– Art Leonardi
Special Achievement Award -- Depth Analysis
-- Susan King
Photo: "Rango." Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount Pictures