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The Animation Oscar Nominees

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

It’s Oscar time! Dis­ney comes in strong and stop motion is this years darling.

This morn­ing, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced the nom­i­nees for this years Oscars. There are two main areas of com­pe­ti­tion for ani­ma­tion, the Fea­ture Length and the short awards. This year, the nom­i­nees are…

In a word, Dis­ney. The peren­nial ani­ma­tion pow­er­house leads the field with three films in con­sid­er­a­tion for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture. Per­haps even more sur­pris­ing is that Dream­Works best hope– Rise Of The Guardians- was left out alto­gether. Also inter­est­ing is that there are three stop-motion fea­tures in the list this year, in a short field of only five films.

For Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the nom­i­nees are:

Brave- Mark Andrews, Brenda Chap­man
Franken­wee­nie- Tim Bur­ton
Para­Nor­man- Sam Fell, Chris But­ler
The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits- Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph- Rich Moore

The field for Best Ani­mated Short Film is a diverse field, as usual. The nom­i­nees here are:

Adam And Dog- Minkyu Lee
Fresh Gua­camole- PES
Head Over Heels- Tim­o­thy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
The Longest Day­care- David Sil­ver­man
Paper­man- John Kahrs

The Oscar nom­i­na­tions for the 85th Acad­emy Awards were announced this morn­ing by Seth Mac­Far­lane and Emma Stone. The announce­ments were made at the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater in Bev­erly Hills.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2012 will be pre­sented on Oscar Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2013, at the Dolby The­ater in Hol­ly­wood Cal­i­for­nia and hosted by Seth Mac­Far­lane. This year, the Oscar show also will be tele­vised live in more than 225 coun­tries worldwide.

Rise of the Guardians Wins at Satellite Awards

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Dream­works Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Pic­ture, Ani­mated or Mixed Media at the Satel­lite Awards, held Sun­day night by the Inter­na­tional Press Acad­emy at the Inter­con­ti­nen­tal Hotel in Bev­erly Hills.

Other nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory were DWA’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Brave (Disney*Pixar), Ice Age 4: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (20th Cen­tury Fox Ani­ma­tion), Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios) and Franken­wee­nie (Walt Dis­ney Pictures).

Two tunes from ani­mated films had been nom­i­nated for Best Orig­i­nal Song: “Learn Me Right,” per­formed by Birdy and writ­ten by Birdy & Mum­ford And Sons, from Brave, and “Love Always Comes As A Sur­prise,” per­formed by Peter Asher and writ­ten by Peter Asher and Dave Stew­art, from Mada­gas­car 3. How­ever, they lost to “Sud­denly,” per­formed by Hugh Jack­man and writ­ten by Claude-Michel Schön­berg, Alain Boubil and Her­bert Kret­zmer, from the live-action Les Misérables.

The David O. Rus­sell com­edy Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book won five awards, includ­ing Best Motion Picture.

DWA’s Rise of the Guardians Surpasses $100M Abroad

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 mil­lion bench­mark at the for­eign box office over the weekend.

A dis­tant sec­ond at the movies, the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movie made $20.1 mil­lion in its fifth over­seas week­end over­seas from 7,400 venues in 59 coun­tries. The total for­eign gross now stands at $119.4 million.

Dis­trib­uted by Para­mount, Rise of the Guardians opened in sec­ond place in Aus­tralia, col­lect­ing $3.7 mil­lion from 259 locations.

Bud­geted at $145 mil­lion, the ani­mated fan­tasy fea­tures the voices of Alec Bald­win and Hugh Jack­man. This week, it’s open­ing in India.

As in North Amer­ica, the live-action The Hob­bit: An Unex­pected Jour­ney topped the for­eign box office. It made $138.2 mil­lion at 18,200 screens in 56 countries.

Mean­while, the Dis­ney 3D fam­ily ani­mated film Wreck-It Ralph brought in $4.7 mil­lion in its sev­enth week in 29 coun­tries. It’s made $57.7 mil­lion in for­eign coun­tries so far. Strong North Amer­i­can results mean a world­wide total of $226.5 million.

Sony Animation’s hor­ror com­edy Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, grossed $1.9 mil­lion at 1,755 screens in 50 over­seas coun­tries. Its total for­eign gross has reached $162 million.

The Croods Coming Out of Cave at Berlin Festival

The Croods

The Croods

Dream­Works Animation’s pre­his­toric comedy-adventure movie The Croods will have its world pre­miere at the 63rd Berlin Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, it was revealed Thursday.

Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), and with the voices of Nico­las Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, the 3D movie will be screened out of competition.

Also known as the Berli­nale, the fes­ti­val runs from Feb­ru­ary 7 to 17 next year. The Croods is sched­uled for gen­eral release March 22. Co-produced by Nick­elodeon Movies and Para­mount Pic­tures along with DWA, it will be dis­trib­uted by 20th Cen­tury Fox.

The Croods takes us back to a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered era in the his­tory of our planet known as the Crooda­ceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen crea­tures and landscapes.

An old school cave­man must lead his fam­ily across a volatile pre­his­toric land­scape in search of a new home. The out­sized flora and fauna are chal­lenge enough, but the real com­pli­ca­tion arises when the fam­ily is joined by an alarm­ingly mod­ern cave­man whose search for “tomor­row” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the tra­di­tions of yes­ter­day. The imag­i­na­tive and resource­ful new­comer helps the Croods nav­i­gate their way through the fan­tas­tic world beyond their cave.

This marks Sanders’ first work as a solo direc­tor for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. He had amassed a list of ani­ma­tion film cred­its for rival Disney.

Dream­Works first announced the movie — then titled Crood Awak­en­ing — in 2005 with British stu­dio Aard­man Ani­ma­tions, which had a five-picture agree­ment with Dream­Works at the time. Three films were made together. Finan­cial results proved dis­ap­point­ing, so Dream­Works and Aard­man parted ways in late Jan­u­ary 2007.

Five Animated Feature Films Up For Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Five movies each have been nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion announced Thursday.

Three of the five were dis­trib­uted by Walt Dis­ney Pictures.

The five are Brave (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Franken­wee­nie (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (Colum­bia Pictures/Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion; Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing), Rise of the Guardians (Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion LLC; Para­mount Pic­tures) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pictures).

For Best Motion Pic­ture – Drama, the nom­i­nees are Argo, Djanjo Unchained, Life of Pi, Lin­coln and Zero Dark Thirty.

Nom­i­nees for Best Motion Pic­ture – Com­edy or Musi­cal are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Mis­er­ables, Moon­rise King­dom, Salmon Fish­ing in the Yemen and Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book.

The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan­u­ary 13 on NBC.

Brave, Guardians, Ralph each up for 10 Animation Annies

Annie Awards

Annie Awards

Three fea­ture films each have received 10 nom­i­na­tions for the 49th Annual Annie Awards, rec­og­niz­ing the year’s best in the field of animation.

The three are Brave (Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios), Rise of the Guardians (Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios). All three are among the eight nom­i­nees for Best Ani­mated Feature.

Also up for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture are Franken­wee­nie (The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios), Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion), Para­Nor­man (Focus Fea­tures), Britain’s The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits (Aard­man Ani­ma­tions) and France’s The Rabbi’s Cat (GKIDS).

Nom­i­na­tions were announced Mon­day by the Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Soci­ety, ASIFA-Hollywood.

The Annie Awards cover 30 cat­e­gories, includ­ing Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion, Com­mer­cials, Short Sub­jects and Out­stand­ing Indi­vid­ual Achieve­ments. How­ever, no nom­i­na­tions were made this year for Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Commercial.

Other nom­i­na­tions:

Annie Award for Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion
Bat­man: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion)
Before Orel – Trust – Star­burns Indus­tries, Inc.
Despi­ca­ble Me: Min­ion May­hem – Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment
Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing – Beck’s Begin­ning – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Drag­ons: Gift of the Night Fury – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Jus­tice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject
Brad and Gary – Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment
Bydlo – National Film Board of Canada
Eyes on the Stars – Sto­ryCorps
Good­night Mr. Foot – Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion
Kali the Lit­tle Vam­pire – National Film Board of Canada
Mag­gie Simp­son in ‘The Longest Day­care’ – Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Paper­man – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
The Simp­sons – ‘Bill Plymp­ton Couch Gag’ – Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV

Best Gen­eral Audi­ence Ani­mated TV Pro­duc­tion For Preschool Chil­dren
Bub­ble Gup­pies ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion
Stu­dios
Chug­ging­ton ‘Mag­netic Wil­son’ – Ludo­rum
Jake & The Never Land PiratesPeter Pan Returns’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Doc McStuffins ‘The Right Stuff’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Justin Time ‘Marcello’s Meat­balls’ – Guru Stu­dio
Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion For Chil­dren
Adven­ture Time ‘Princess Cookie’ – Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios
Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
LEGO Star Wars ‘The Empire Strikes Out’ – Thresh­old Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car ‘Action Reac­tion’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Sponge­Bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball ‘The Job’ – Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Europe, Ltd.
The Fairly Odd­Par­ents ‘Farm Pit’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
The Leg­end of KorraWel­come to Repub­lic City’/’A Leaf in the Wind’ — Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Best Gen­eral Audi­ence Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Archer
‘Space Race, Part 1’ – Weiss­man Markovitz Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for FX
Bob’s Burg­ersEarsy Rider’ – 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Motorcity ‘Blond Thun­der’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
MAD ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’ – Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion
Robot ChickenDC Comics Spe­cial’ — Stoopid Buddy Stu­dios
South Park ‘Rais­ing the Bar’ – Cen­tral Productions

Ani­mated Video Game
Bor­der­lands 2 – Gear­box Soft­ware
Fam­ily Guy – Back to the Muti­verse – Heavy Iron Stu­dios
Jour­ney – Sony Com­puter Enter­tain­ment Amer­ica
Skull­girls – Lab Zero Games

Best Stu­dent Film
Can We Be Happy Now – Tah­nee Gehm
Defec­tive Detec­tive – Avner Geller & Steve Lewis
Head Over Heels – Tim­o­thy Reckart
I Am Tom Moody – Ainslie Hen­der­son
Ladies Knight – Joseph Rothen­berg
Ori­gin – Jes­sica Poon
The Bal­lad of Poi­son­berry Pete – Karen Sul­li­van
Tule Lake – Michelle Ikemoto

Indi­vid­ual Achieve­ment Categories

Ani­mated Effects in an Ani­mated Pro­duc­tion
Andrew Nawrot, Joe Gorski, Grant Laker – ‘Para­Nor­man
Andrew Schnei­der ‘Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift’ – Blue Sky Stu­dios
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lip­ton - Rise of the Guardians
Bill Watral, Chris Chap­man, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien ‘Brave
Brett Albert – ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Jihyun Yoon – ‘Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Joel Aron – ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ – Lucas­film Ani­ma­tion Ltd.

Ani­mated Effects in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Jerome Plat­teaux, John Sig­urd­son, Ryan Hop­kins, Raul Essig, Mark Chat­away ‘The Avengers’ – Indus­trial Light & Magic
Stephen Mar­shall, Joseph Pep­per, Dustin Wicke – Colum­bia Pic­tures
‘The Amaz­ing Spider-Man – Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion
Sue Rowe, Simon Stanley-Clamp, Artemis Oikonomopoulou, Hol­ger Voss, Nikki Makar, Cather­ine Elvidge ‘John Carter’ — Cine­site
Willi Geiger, Rick Han­k­ins, Flo­rent Andorra, Flo­rian Witzel, Aron Bonar ‘Bat­tle­ship’ – Indus­trial Light & Magic

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Dan Driscoll ‘Sponge­Bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!
Jen­nifer Dickie ‘Justin Time: Yodel Odel Day’ – Guru Stu­dio
Keith Kel­logg ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge’ – Lucas­film Ani­ma­tion Ltd.
For­rest Save­len ‘Sponge­Bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Shi Zimu ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Sihanouk Mari­nona ‘Before Orel: Trust
Teri Yam ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Yan Jiazhuang ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk’ – Dream­Works Animation

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Dan Nguyen ‘Brave
David Pate ‘Rise of the Guardians
Jaime Lan­des ‘Brave
Phillppe LeBrun ‘Rise of the Guardians
Pierre Per­ifel ‘Rise of the Guardians
Travis Hath­away ‘Brave
Travis Knight “Para­Nor­man
Will Becher ‘The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Erik de Boer, Amanda Dague, Matt Brown, Mary Lynn Machado, Aaron Grey ‘Life of Pi — Orang­utan’ – Rhythm & Hues Stu­dio
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl ‘Life of Pi — Tiger’ – Rhythm & Hues Stu­dio
Jakub Pis­tecky, Maia Kayser, Scott Benzu, Steve King, Kiran Bhat ‘The Avengers’ – Indus­trial Light & Magic
Mike Beaulieu, Roger Vizard, Atushi Sato, Jackie Kochler, Derek Esparza, Richard Smith, Mac Tyrie – Colum­bia Pic­tures – The Amaz­ing Spider-Man — Sony Pic­tures Animation

Char­ac­ter Design in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Andy Bialk ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: Alvin and the Out­casts’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­ton
Andy Suri­ano ‘DC Nation-Plas­tic Man: The Many and the Fowl’ – Big Hair Pro­duc­tions, Inc.
Bryan Koni­et­zko, Joaquim Dos San­tos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang, Kim Jin Sun ‘The Leg­end of Korra: Wel­come to Repub­lic City’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
“C” Rag­gio IVKick But­towski: Pet­ri­fied’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Der­rick Wyatt, Chap Yaep, Steven Choi ‘Ben 10: Omni­verse: The More Things Change, Pt. 2’ – Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios
Gor­don Ham­mond ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dud­ley Do-Wrong’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Robert Val­ley ‘Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Rene­gade, Part I’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Thad­deus Paul Caul­dron ‘Secret Moun­tain Fort Awe­some: Secret Moun­tain Uncle Grandpa’- Car­toon Net­work Studios

Char­ac­ter Design in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Bill Schwab, Lore­lay Bove, Cory Loftis, Minkyu Lee ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Car­los Grangel ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Carter Goodrich ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Craig Kell­man ‘Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’
Heidi Smith ‘Para­Nor­man
Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guil­lon, Colin Stimp­son ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ – Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment

Direct­ing in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Howie Parkins ‘Jake & The Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns!’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
John Eng ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: Ani­mal House’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Mark Cabalero, Sea­mus Walsh ‘Sponge­Bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!’’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Mic Graves ‘The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball: The Job’
Michael Chang ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles: Never Say Xever’ — Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio
Zack Keller ‘Dick Fig­ures: Kung Fu Win­ners’ – 6 Point Media

Direct­ing in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux ‘The Rabbi’s Cat
Remi Bezan­con, Jean-Christophe Lie ‘Zarafa’ — GKIDS
Rich Moore ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Sam Fell, Chris But­ler ‘Para­Nor­man

Music in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Adam Berry ‘Pen­quins of Mada­gas­car: Pri­vate and the Winky Fac­tory’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Alf Clausen ‘The Simp­sons: Tree­house of Hor­ror XXIII’ – Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Fred­erik Wied­mann ‘Green Lantern The Ani­mated Series: Into the Abyss’ — F. Wied­mann, Com­poser
Guy Moon ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Really Big Mis­sion’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
John Pae­sano ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon’
Michael Rubin ‘Bub­ble Gup­pies: Bub­ble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairy­tale!’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Music in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Alexan­dre Desplat ‘Rise of the Guardians
Bruce Retief ‘Adven­tures in Zam­bezia’ – Saltz­man Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Henry Jack­man ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Joel McNeely, Bren­dan Mil­burn, Valerie Vigoda ‘Secret of the Wings’ – Dis­ney­Toon Stu­dios
John Pow­ell, Adam Schlesinger, Ester Dean ‘Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift
John Pow­ell, Cinco Paul ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’
Mark Moth­ers­baugh ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Man­del ‘Brave

Pro­duc­tion Design in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Alberto Mielgo ‘Tron: Upris­ing: The Stranger’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Ian Wor­rel ‘Grav­ity Falls – Tourist Trapped’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Lynna Blanken­ship, Sean Coons, Hugh Mac­don­ald, Deb­bie Peter­son, Charles Ragins, Lance Wilder, Dar­rel Bowen, John Krause, Kevin Moore, Brent M. Bowen, Brice Mallier, Steven Fahey, Dima Malan­itchev, Karen Bauer, Eli Balser, Anne Legge — ‘The Simp­sons: Moe Goes From Rags to Riches’ – Film Roman
Nick Jen­nings, Mar­tin Ansole­be­here, San­dra Calleros, Ron Rus­sell, San­tino Las­cano, Derek Hunter, Cather­ine E. Sim­monds -
‘Adven­ture Time – The Hard Easy’ – Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios
Peter Mar­tin, Chris Grine, Ira Baker, Ramon Oliv­era, Scott Brown ‘hoops & yo yo’s Haunted Hal­loween’ – Hall­mark
Scott Bran­don James, Lee Keith ‘Justin Time: The Rub­bery Dumplings’ – Guru Studio

Pro­duc­tion Design in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin, Shan­non Jef­fries, Lind­sey Oli­vares, Kenard Pak ‘Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Mar­cello Vig­nali ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Nash Dun­ni­gan, Arden Chen, Jon Town­ley, Kyle McNaughton ‘Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift
Nel­son Lowry, Ross Stew­art, Pete Oswald, Ean McNa­mara, Trevor Dalmer ‘Para­Nor­man
Nor­man Gar­wood, Matt Berry ‘The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits
Patrick Hanen­berger, Max Boas, Jayee Bor­car, Woony­oung Jung, Perry Maple, Peter Maynez, Stan Seo, Felix Yoon ‘Rise of the Guardians
Rick Heintzich ‘Franken­wee­nie
Steve Pilcher ‘Brave

Sto­ry­board­ing in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Andy Kelly ‘Doc McStuffins: Righty-On-Lefty’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Cole Sanchez, Rebecca Sugar ‘Adven­ture Time: Lady & Pee­bles’ – Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios
Doug Lovelace ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: Por­trait of Hic­cup as a Buff Man’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Holly Forsyth ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Iri­neo Mar­ramba, Ciro Nieli ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles: I Think His Name is Bax­ter Stock­man’’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Robert Val­ley, Kalvin Lee ‘Tron: Upris­ing: The Reward’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Ryan Kramer, Paul Lins­ley, Kenji Ono, Le Tang, Alice Her­ring, Mike Mullen, Aaron Ham­mer­s­ley ‘Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of
Awe­some­ness: Enter the Dragon’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Tom Her­pich, Skyler Page ‘Adven­ture Time: Goliad’ – Car­toon Net­work Studios

Sto­ry­board­ing in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Emmanuela Cozzi ‘Para­Nor­man
Johanne Matte ‘Rise of the Guardians
Leo Mat­suda ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Lissa Treiman ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Rob Koo ‘Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wantedd’

Voice Act­ing in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
James Patrick Stu­art as Pri­vate ‘Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car: High Molt­age’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Jeff Ben­nett as Keswick ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Pup Daddy’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Jes­sica Wal­ter as Mal­ory Archer ‘Archer: Lo Scan­dolo’ – Weiss­man Markovitz Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for FX Net­work
Kevin Michael Richard­son as Willem Viceroy ‘Randy Cun­ning­ham: 9th Grade Ninja: Gos­sip Boy’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Kris­ten Schaal as Mabel Pines ‘Grav­ity Falls: Tourist Trapped’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Mae Whit­man as April O’Neil – ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles: Rise of the Tur­tles’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Sam Witwer as Darth Maul ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge’ – Lucas­film Ani­ma­tion Ltd.
Tom McGrath as Skip­per ‘Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car: The Otter Woman’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Voice Act­ing in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Adam San­dler as Drac­ula ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Alan Tudyk as King Candy ‘Wreck-It Ralph
Atti­cus Shaf­fer as “E“Gore ‘Franken­wee­nie
Cather­ine O’Hara as Weird Girl ‘Franken­wee­nie
Imelda Staunton as Queen Vic­to­ria ‘The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits
Jim Cum­mings as Budzo ‘Adven­tures in Zam­bezia’
Jude Law as Pitch ‘Rise of the Guardians
Kelly Mac­Don­ald as Merida ‘Brave

Writ­ing in an Ani­mated Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Doug Lang­dale — Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness: Kung Fu Day Care’ — Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Eric Horsted – Futu­rama: The Bots and the Bees’ – Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Gabe Garza – ‘Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car: Endan­ger­ous Species’ — Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Ian Maxtone-Graham, Billy Kim­ball ‘The Simp­sons: How I Wet Your Mother’ — Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Kacey Arnold – ‘Robot and Mon­ster: The Blimp’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Mike Tever­baugh, Linda Tever­baugh — Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: Ani­mal House’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Stephanie Gillis ‘The Simp­sons: A Tree Grows in Spring­field’ – Gra­cie Films in Asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox TV
Trey Parker – ‘South Park: Jew­pacabra’ – Cen­tral Productions

Writ­ing in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Chris But­ler — Para­Nor­man
Gideon Defoe - The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits
Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Karey Kirk­patrick — From Up on Poppy Hill — GKIDS
John August - Franken­wee­nie
Mark Andrews, Steve Pur­cell, Brenda Chap­man, Irene Mec­chi — Brave
Phil John­ston, Jen­nifer Lee - Wreck-It Ralph

Edi­to­r­ial in an Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Bret Mar­nell ‘Puss in Boots: Three Dia­b­los’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Chris Hink ‘Robot and Mon­ster: Cheer Up Mr. Wheelie’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den, Otto Fer­raye ‘Kung Fu Panda: ‘Mon­key in the Mid­dle’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den, Otto Fer­raye ‘Kung Fu Panda — Enter the Dragon’ – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios
Jason Tucker ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revival’ – Lucas­film Ani­ma­tion Ltd.
Lynn Hob­son ‘Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk: Ani­mal House’ – Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion
Pieter Kauf­man ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ – Dis­ney TV Ani­ma­tion
Steffie Luc­ch­esi, Matt Stein­auer, May Blais­dell ‘Dan Vs Mon­ster Under The Bed’ – Film Roman

Edi­to­r­ial in an Ani­mated Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Cather­ine Apple ‘Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Joyce Arras­tia ‘Rise of the Guardians
Mark Rosen­baum ‘Secret of the Wings’ – Dis­ney­Toon Stu­dios
Nicholas A. Smith, ACE, Robert Gra­ham Jones, ACE, David Suther ‘Brave
Tim Mertens ‘Wreck-It Ralph

Juried Awards

Win­sor McCay Award – Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam, Mark Henn
June Foray – Howard Green
Ub Iwerks — Toon Boom Ani­ma­tion Pipeline

The Annie Awards will be pre­sented Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2 at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Guardians Slow to Rise, Opens in Fourth Place

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Such child­hood heroes as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus save the world in Rise of the Guardians, but they didn’t stop the movie from open­ing in fourth place over the five-day Thanks­giv­ing weekend.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Chris Pine and Alec Bald­win, the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movie made $32.6 mil­lion since open­ing Wednes­day, includ­ing $24 mil­lion over the week­end itself.

That’s a far cry from the $64 mil­lion made by teen vam­pire sequel The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Yawn — Part 2 in its sec­ond weekend.

Rise of the Guardians was pro­duced by DWA for about $145 mil­lion. Dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount Pic­tures had expected it to gross $35 mil­lion in its first five days, accord­ing to Box Office Mojo.

Based on children’s author William Joyce’s book series The Guardians of Child­hood, the film is the last being dis­trib­uted by Para­mount will release for DWA. Next year, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movies will be dis­trib­uted by Fox.

Observ­ing “the great par­ent reac­tions we’ve seen” to the film, Anne Globe, Dream­works’ chief mar­ket­ing offi­cer, said it was one of the few choices for fam­i­lies through the end of the year. The stu­dio is “hop­ing for very long legs through the hol­i­days,” she added.

In sixth place was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which brought in $23 mil­lion. It was in fourth place the pre­vi­ous week­end. So far, Wreck-It Ralph has made $149.5 mil­lion domestically.

The North Amer­i­can box office for the Thanks­giv­ing week­end (Wednes­day to Sun­day) reached $290 mil­lion, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous hol­i­day week­end record of $273 mil­lion set in 2009, when The Twi­light Saga: New Moon was the leader.

Week­end ticket sales in the United States and Canada were com­piled by the box office divi­sion of Hollywood.com.

21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Twenty-one fea­tures have been sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion in the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory for the 85th Acad­emy Awards, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced Friday.

The 21 sub­mit­ted fea­tures, listed in alpha­bet­i­cal order by title, are:

Adven­tures in Zam­bezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Franken­wee­nie
Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
Krishna Aur Kans (Hey Krishna)
Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Ice Age Con­ti­nen­tal Drift
A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Gra­ham Chap­man
Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mys­ti­cal Laws
Le Tableau (The Paint­ing)
Para­Nor­man
The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits
 Le Chat du Rab­bin (The Rabbi’s Cat)
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Le Noël de Wal­ter et Tan­doori (Wal­ter And Tandoori’s Christ­mas)
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

Sev­eral of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Ange­les qual­i­fy­ing runs. Sub­mit­ted fea­tures must ful­fill the the­atri­cal release require­ments and com­ply with all of the category’s other qual­i­fy­ing rules before they can advance in the vot­ing process. At least eight eli­gi­ble ani­mated fea­tures must be the­atri­cally released in Los Ange­les County within the cal­en­dar year for this cat­e­gory to be activated.

Films sub­mit­ted in the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory may also qual­ify for Acad­emy Awards in other cat­e­gories, includ­ing Best Pic­ture, pro­vided they meet the require­ments for those categories.

The 85th Acad­emy Awards nom­i­na­tions will be announced live Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 10 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn Theater.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2012 will be pre­sented Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 at the Dolby The­atre at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter, and tele­vised live on ABC. The Oscar pre­sen­ta­tion also will be tele­vised live in over 225 coun­tries worldwide.

DreamWorks Animation’s Profit Rises by 24 Percent

DreamWorks Animation

Dream­Works Animation

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion had net income of $24.4 mil­lion for the third quar­ter ended Sep­tem­ber 30, up 24% from $19.7 mil­lion for the same period in 2011, the stu­dio announced Thursday.

For the quar­ter, the com­pany reported total rev­enue of $186.3 mil­lion. This com­pares to rev­enue of $160.8 mil­lion for the same period in 2011.

Dream­Works Animation’s third quar­ter results were dri­ven by the block­buster inter­na­tional box office suc­cess of Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which has earned nearly $720 mil­lion at the world­wide box office to date, to become the fifth highest-grossing film of the year on a global basis,” said CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “We are look­ing for­ward to the next major event film for the com­pany dur­ing the fourth quar­ter, the Novem­ber 21 the­atri­cal release of Rise of the Guardians.”

Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted con­tributed about $47.1 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quar­ter, dri­ven pri­mar­ily by its per­for­mance at the world­wide box office. Released on June 8, the film has grossed over $216 mil­lion at the domes­tic box office and approx­i­mately $503 mil­lion at the inter­na­tional box office to date.

Puss In Boots con­tributed $44.8 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quar­ter, dri­ven pri­mar­ily by domes­tic and inter­na­tional pay tele­vi­sion. The film reached an esti­mated 5.6 mil­lion home enter­tain­ment units sold world­wide through the end of the third quar­ter, net of actual and esti­mated future returns.

Kung Fu Panda 2 con­tributed $9 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quar­ter, dri­ven pri­mar­ily by inter­na­tional pay tele­vi­sion. The film reached an esti­mated 6 mil­lion home enter­tain­ment units sold world­wide through the end of the third quar­ter, net of actual and esti­mated future returns.

Mega­mind con­tributed 700,000 of rev­enue to the quar­ter and reached an esti­mated 5.6 mil­lion home enter­tain­ment units sold world­wide through the end of the third quar­ter, net of actual and esti­mated future returns.

DWa’s library con­tributed approx­i­mately $50.6 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quar­ter. All other items, includ­ing non-feature film busi­nesses, con­tributed $30.1 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quarter.

The company’s acqui­si­tion of Clas­sic Media, which closed August 29, con­tributed about $4 mil­lion of rev­enue to the quar­ter, pri­mar­ily from home entertainment.

Costs of rev­enue for the third quar­ter equaled $114 mil­lion. Sell­ing, gen­eral and admin­is­tra­tive expenses totaled $36.5 mil­lion, includ­ing approx­i­mately $3 mil­lion of stock-based com­pen­sa­tion expense.

The company’s income tax expense for the third quar­ter was $14.3 mil­lion. Its com­bined effec­tive tax rate — the actual tax rate cou­pled with the effect of the company’s tax shar­ing agree­ment with a for­mer stock­holder — was approx­i­mately 34.5% for the third quarter.

Dream­Works Animation’s fourth-quarter results are expected to be dri­ven pri­mar­ily by the con­tin­ued per­for­mance of Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in the inter­na­tional box office, as well as the global home video mar­ket. The Novem­ber 21 the­atri­cal release of Rise of the Guardians is also expected to con­tribute to the company’s fourth-quarter results.

DWA’s Katzenberg To Receive 150% Salary Increase

DreamWorks Animation

Dream­Works Animation

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzenberg’s annual base salary will increase 150% from $1 mil­lion a year to $2.5 mil­lion under a con­tract exten­sion reached with the studio.

Katzenberg’s term as CEO will now run through 2017. His pre­vi­ous con­tract had run until the end of 2014.

He will also be eli­gi­ble for $4 mil­lion a year in cash bonuses. Accord­ing to United States Secu­ri­ties and Exchange Com­mis­sion, he will also be eli­gi­ble for long-term equity incen­tives of $4.5 mil­lion. These have been reduced from $8 mil­lion under his pre­vi­ous agreement.

In addi­tion, Katzen­berg will be com­pen­sated for such busi­ness expenses as pri­vate air­craft use for business-related travel and secu­rity personnel.

The new terms stip­u­late that if DWA changes owner, Katzen­berg could col­lect his com­pen­sa­tion for the rest of the cur­rent con­tract or for two years, whichever is longer.

Mean­while, Ann Daly’s term as chief oper­at­ing offi­cer has been extended through 2017, too. Her annual base salary is being hiked from $1.012 mil­lion to $1.5 million.

Daly will be eli­gi­ble for $750,000 in annual cash bonuses this year, which will be dou­bled in 2013. She also will be eli­gi­ble for annual long-term equity incen­tives of $3.5 mil­lion, up from $2.5 mil­lion under her ear­lier agreement.

Under a new agree­ment, gen­eral coun­sel Andrew Chang’s annual salary increases from $460,000 to $550,000, start­ing next year. The agree­ment runs until Jan­u­ary 1, 2016.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeffrey-katzenberg-ann-daly-up-384615]