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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.

Animated Monsters Gets A New Poster

Monsters University

Mon­sters University

Mon­sters Inc sequel Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity gets a new pro­mo­tional poster. The new film, set for release next June, will reunite Billy Crys­tal and John Good­man as Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sul­ley’ Sul­li­van, in a pre­quel of their col­lege days together.

From the poster, we can see some inter­est­ing items in the Mon­sters cur­ric­ula, includ­ing what looks to be an advance course in Scare­o­nom­ics.

This pre­quel to 2001’s “Mon­sters Inc.” fol­lows Mike and Sul­ley dur­ing their tenure at the Uni­ver­sity of Fear, where they start off as ene­mies. Back when the two first met, they couldn’t stand each other. Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity tells the tale of how the two of them resolved their dif­fer­ences and became the best of friends. More details on the plot will be posted as they come.

Dan Scanlon’s direc­to­r­ial debut in a fea­ture film. Frank Oz’s first film role in eight years.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for release on Novem­ber 2, 2012 in both 2D and 3D, the movie was pushed back to a June 21, 2013 US release.

Pixar’s WALL-E Finds Place in Robot Hall of Fame

WALL-E

WALL-E

The Robot Hall of Fame inducted WALL•E, the fic­tional robot of the name­sake Pixar movie, dur­ing a cer­e­mony Tues­day evening at Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter in Pittsburgh.

WALL•E was one of four robots cho­sen for the first time by a pop­u­lar vote.

In the Enter­tain­ment cat­e­gory, vot­ers chose WALL•E (Waste Allo­ca­tion Load Lifter Earth Class), the lov­able star of the 2008 Disney/Pixar block­buster by the same name. In the movie, WALL•E inad­ver­tently embarks on a space jour­ney that ulti­mately decides the fate of mankind. Other nom­i­nees in this cat­e­gory included Rosie the maid from the car­toon series The Jet­sons.

More than any pre­vi­ous class of inductees, this group of robots selected by pop­u­lar vote rep­re­sents con­tem­po­rary robot­ics — robots at the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy — rather than older robots of strictly his­tor­i­cal impor­tance,” said Shirley Sal­damarco, Robot Hall of Fame direc­tor and a fac­ulty mem­ber at Carnegie Mellon’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. “Even our fic­tional hon­oree, WALL-E, is from a movie that’s just four years old.”

More than 17,000 peo­ple across every con­ti­nent except Antarc­tica par­tic­i­pated in the online vote in August and Sep­tem­ber. The 12 nom­i­nees on this year’s bal­lot were cho­sen by a group of 107 robot­ics experts, indus­try lead­ers and afi­ciona­dos selected by the Robot Hall of Fame.

The RHOF, cre­ated in 2003 by Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity, rec­og­nizes excel­lence in robot­ics tech­nol­ogy. It hon­ors both the fic­tional robots that inspire inno­va­tion and the real robots that embody it. In 2009, it was inte­grated into Carnegie Sci­ence Center’s roboworld exhibit.

Pre­sen­ters at the cer­e­mony included Jared L. Cohon, pres­i­dent of Carnegie Mel­lon; John Dulchi­nos, pres­i­dent and CEO of Adept Tech­nol­ogy; Henry Thorne, chief tech­nol­ogy offi­cer of 4Moms; and Quasi, the robot char­ac­ter cre­ated by Inter­bots, a spin­off of CMU’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. Heather Knight, a Ph.D. stu­dent in CMU’s Robot­ics Insti­tute, and her stand-up come­dian robot, Data, per­formed dur­ing the event.

This year’s induc­tion cer­e­mony was cel­e­brated in con­junc­tion with the RoboBusi­ness Lead­er­ship Sum­mit, a con­fer­ence of hun­dreds of robot­ics indus­try lead­ers that is in Pitts­burgh this week.

The Robot Hall of Fame induc­tion is spon­sored by Carnegie Mel­lon and its Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter, the Pitts­burgh Tech­nol­ogy Coun­cil and RoboBusi­ness. The Robot­ics Insti­tute, the world’s largest robot­ics research and edu­ca­tion orga­ni­za­tion, is part of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Com­puter Sci­ence. Infor­ma­tion about the RHOF and pre­vi­ous win­ners is avail­able at www.robothalloffame.org.

More Moviegoers Find Resident Evil Than Nemo

Finding Nemo

Find­ing Nemo

Find­ing Nemo” nar­rowly lost the swim­ming race with Res­i­dent Evil: Ret­ri­bu­tion at the North Amer­i­can box office this past week­end, accord­ing to stu­dio esti­mates released Sunday.

A 3D ver­sion of the 2003 Pixar-Disney smash hit, Find­ing Nemo charted at No. 2 spot in the United States and Canada to open at $17.5 mil­lion, accord­ing to Disney.

By con­trast, live-action hor­ror sequel Res­i­dent Evil: Ret­ri­bu­tion ruled the roost with $21.1 million.

The 3D ver­sion of Find­ing Nemo has col­lected $5.1 mil­lion in seven over­seas coun­tries, includ­ing $1.3 mil­lion over the past week­end. The ini­tial release of Find­ing Nemo brought in $527.9 mil­lion abroad.

The win­ner of the Acad­emy Award for best ani­mated fea­ture film, Find­ing Nemo grossed $868 mil­lion world­wide dur­ing its first run, mak­ing it one of the most suc­cess­ful releases from Disney’s Pixar ani­ma­tion stu­dio. The under­wa­ter com­edy fea­tured the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe.

This weekend’s 3D re-release cost lit­tle, with the Mouse House spend­ing under $5 mil­lion to con­vert the movie to 3D. Box office results were a bit lower than Disney’s ini­tial pro­jec­tions. How­ever, accord­ing to Dave Hol­lis, Disney’s exec­u­tive vice-president for motion pic­ture dis­tri­b­u­tion, the gross was sim­i­lar to those of ear­lier 3D re-release openings.

It’s great for fam­i­lies dur­ing the day, and then cou­ples at night,” said Hol­lis. There was a bal­ance of age and gen­der among those see­ing the movie this week­end, he added.

Hollywood.com box office ana­lyst Paul Der­garabe­dian said he was some­what sur­prised that the lat­est incar­na­tion of Res­i­dent Evil would top the box office. He thought that Find­ing Nemo would be the win­ner, what with the con­tin­ued suc­cess of Pixar films and last year’s strong open­ing Disney’s 1994 ani­mated movie The Lion King in 3-D, which debuted at No. 1 with $30.1 mil­lion — and which even­tu­ally brought in $94 million.

This week­end, ani­mated children’s movie Para­nor­man, dis­trib­uted by Uni­ver­sal, was in fifth place in North Amer­ica with $3 mil­lion. In Britain, it reached No. 1 or No. 2, mak­ing $2.2 mil­lion from 481 venues.

Para­nor­man opened abroad in eight mar­kets, mak­ing $3.8 mil­lion over­all at 2,700 the­aters in 36 coun­tries. So far, the Focus Fea­tures film has made $25 mil­lion overseas.

On Mon­day, Seth MacFarlane’s partly ani­mated comedy-fantasy Ted is expected to beat 2009’s The Hang­over as the biggest-grossing orig­i­nal R-rated com­edy released abroad. So far, Ted made $189 mil­lion overseas.

Ted debuted this week­end to col­lect $2.1 mil­lion at 463 venues. Over­all, it gen­er­ated $8.1 mil­lion from 2,800 screens in 43 coun­tries. It’s made $406 mil­lion around the world and still hasn’t been shown in 17 for­eign countries.

Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opened at No. 1 in Aus­tralia, col­lect­ing $4.4 mil­lion (includ­ing pre­views) at 265 loca­tions. It reached $405 mil­lion abroad after mak­ing $6.9 mil­lion at 2,134 venues in 33 lands.

Tad: The Lost Explorer, the lat­est entry in the Tadeo Jones ani­ma­tion series, remains No. 1 in Spain. Released by Para­mount to 333 the­aters, it’s made $2 mil­lion in its third week­end, rais­ing the cumu­la­tive total to $11.7 mil­lion in Spain — the only coun­try where the film’s been screened so far.

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The Legend of Mor’du Short Announced For Brave Blu-Ray

The Legend of Mor'du

The Leg­end of Mor’du

With Disney’s announce­ment for a Novem­ber 13, 2012 Blu-ray release of the Pixar hit Brave, also comes the news of a new short based in the new Brave world. Extras on the release will include a new short called, The Leg­end of Mor’du as well as 2001’s the­atri­cally released La Luna (which was shown before Brave in it’s the­atri­cal release).

Based in the mag­i­cal Scot­land of Brave, The Leg­end of Mor’du will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the leg­end behind Mordu, as told by the eccen­tric witch who trans­formed him. Mor’du, as you may remem­ber, was a prince who was trans­formed into a bear. Mor’du appeared in the film as a mon­strous, 15 feet tall black bear with huge claws, a mis­aligned jaw, and long, sharp teeth, his body cov­ered in scars and bro­ken weapons and arrows. King Fer­gus lost his leg in a bat­tle against this bear while pro­tect­ing his wife and daughter.

Other extras on the newly announced Blu-ray pack­age include:

  • La Luna” The­atri­cal Short – Fans will love this charm­ing short that accom­pa­nied the film in the­aters. It fol­lows a young boy on his first night work­ing the fam­ily busi­ness along­side his father and grandfather.
  • The Leg­end of Mor’du” Short – This rous­ing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the leg­end behind Mordu, as told by the eccen­tric witch who trans­formed him.
  • Brave Old World – Fans will watch as mem­bers of the “Brave” pro­duc­tion team inves­ti­gate Scot­land, explor­ing its land, cul­ture, peo­ple and dialects. The research they gath­ered was brought thrillingly to life in the­film. Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thomp­son (voice of Queen Eli­nor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.
  • Merida & Eli­nor – With the cre­ation of Merida and Eli­nor, the Pixar film­mak­ers delved deep into the rela­tion­ship between mother and daugh­ter. High­light­ing con­trasts in char­ac­ter design, cloth­ing, ani­ma­tion, voic­ing, even hair­style, watch how the film­mak­ers explored this most impor­tant of relationships.
  • Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in “Brave.” Each of the bears, gen­tle Mum-Bear and ter­ri­fy­ing Mor’du, demanded a dif­fer­ent approach to cre­at­ing their phys­i­cal appear­ance and personality.
  • Brawl in the Hall – A fas­ci­nat­ing and hilar­i­ous inside look at the process of cre­at­ing “Brave’s” fight­ing Scots, through ani­ma­tion, crowd sim­u­la­tion and fight chore­og­ra­phy – not to men­tion a room full of grunt­ing men whose vocal chor­tles added authen­tic­ity to the rau­cous scene.
  • Won­der Moss – Fans will explore how “Brave’s” tech­ni­cal artists exam­ined the real Scot­tish coun­try­side and stud­ied the laws of nature, then turned the­sefind­ings into com­puter codes that would blan­ket Merida’s Scot­land in lush moss, lichen and bracken.
  • Magic –The magic and mys­tery of Scot­land is revealed to fans in this charm­ing fea­ture about the leg­ends – from mys­ti­cal potions to the will-o’-the-wisps – seen in “Brave.”
  • Clan Pixar – At Pixar, get­ting into char­ac­ter is a team effort. From mak­ing Hag­gis to Kilt Fri­days to cel­e­brat­ing the Scot­tish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the “Brave” pro­duc­tion crew truly embraced Scot­tish themes and cus­toms fueled the Pixar crew through­out the cre­ation of “Brave.”
  • Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evo­lu­tion of the sto­ry­lines through­out the pro­duc­tion of the film, includ­ing alter­na­tive open­ings to the film and many deleted scenes.
  • Extended Scenes – Three sep­a­rate scenes are high­lighted in their extended form. Direc­tor Mark Andrews dis­cusses the deci­sion mak­ing process that led to the short­ened ver­sions of these scenes.
  • Fer­gus & Mor’du” An Alter­nate Open­ing – Once upon a time, “Brave” had a dif­fer­ent open­ing scene. Even­tu­ally cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus fea­ture nar­rated by the film’s direc­tor Mark Andrews.
  • Fallen War­riors Mon­tage – A selec­tion of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in pro­duc­tion are pre­sented to fans in var­i­ous stages ofcom­ple­tion through a video mon­tage nar­rated by direc­tor Mark Andrews.
  • Dirty Hairy Peo­ple – Fans will enjoy this uproar­i­ous bonus fea­ture dis­cussing the devel­op­ment of “Brave’s” Scots – includ­ing the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.
  • It is English…Sort Of – This bonus fea­ture helps fans inter­pret some of the more Scot­tish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scot­tish actors who play the key char­ac­ters and con­tributed their own dialects and sayings.
  • Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted com­pan­ion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.
  • The Tapes­try – Fans will learn the story behind this embroi­dered emblem of fam­ily unity, which was lov­ingly crafted by “Brave’s” team of artists.
  • Pro­mo­tional Pieces – This bonus includes pro­mo­tional clips for “Brave,” includ­ing: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan Dun­Broch,” “Launch,” and more.
  • Art Gallery – A selec­tion of breath­tak­ing art from the cre­ation of the film, show­cas­ing char­ac­ters, sets, scenes and stun­ning landscapes.
  • Wee Gaffes – A video mon­tage of sim­u­la­tion, ani­ma­tion and shot bloopers.
  • Renais­sance Ani­ma­tion Man – Get a look at Direc­tor Mark Andrews’ love of Scot­land, sword-fighting, music and more!
  • Direc­tor Commentary
  • Teasers and Sneak Peeks

The Brave disks will release on Novem­ber 13, 2012. There are actu­ally two Blu-ray ver­sions– a 5-disc Ulti­mate Collector’s Edi­tion (includes 1 Blu-ray 3D disc, 2 Blu-Ray Discs, 1 DVD, and 1 dig­i­tal copy), 3-disc Collector’s Edi­tion Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes 2 Blu-ray discs and 1 DVD), and a 1-disc DVD edi­tion.

Brave takes top position at British box office

Brave

Brave

Pixar’s “Brave” col­lected an esti­mated $4.3 mil­lion from about 565 screens in the United King­dom, lead­ing that country’s box office in its fourth weekend.

Over­seas, Brave proved a money-maker in gen­eral. Dis­trib­uted by Dis­ney, it was No. 3 at the for­eign box office, mak­ing $14.6 mil­lion in 48 coun­tries dur­ing its 10th week­end abroad. The cumu­la­tive off­shore take is now $212.3 mil­lion, while global rev­enues have reached $442.4 million.

Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opened in Italy for a first-place show­ing, gar­ner­ing $7.7 mil­lion over five days. The three­quel made $11.7 mil­lion at 2,933 screens in 39 coun­tries, rank­ing No. 5 over­seas. In total, Mada­gas­car 3 has made $369 mil­lion abroad.

Laika Entertainment’s 3D stop-motion ani­ma­tion Para­Nor­man, dis­trib­uted by Focus Features/Universal, brought in $3.9 mil­lion abroad this week­end from 2,230 the­aters in 17 coun­tries. So far, it’s had for­eign grosses of $12.5 million.

Mean­while, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox announced that it’s the first of Hollywood’s six major stu­dios to make over $2 bil­lion this year over­seas. That point was reached Saturday.

Fox thus “becomes the only dis­trib­u­tor to have achieved this mile­stone six times and in four con­sec­u­tive cal­en­dar years” (2009 through 2012), the stu­dio said.

Help­ing Fox’s suc­cess were such films as Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (total­ing $665.1 mil­lion) and Alvin and the Chip­munks: Chip­wrecked ($136 million).

This past week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $7.6 mil­lion at 5,988 loca­tions in 48 over­seas countries.

Andrew Stanton finding a second “Nemo” to direct

Finding Nemo II

Find­ing Nemo II

Direc­tor Andrew Stan­ton is return­ing to full ani­ma­tion with a sequel to Pixar’s 2003 clas­sic Find­ing Nemo.

The stu­dio is look­ing at a 2016 release date for the film. Vic­to­ria Strouse (2008’s The Apos­tles of Infi­nite Love) is writ­ing the script, while Lind­sey Collins is the producer.

Stan­ton was a co-director of the orig­i­nal Nemo. He ran into rough waters with his live-action debut, Disney’s John Carter, which forced the Mouse House into a $200 mil­lion writedown.

The new Pixar release will occupy most of Stanton’s time for about the next four years. The orig­i­nal Nemo won sev­eral Oscars, includ­ing one for best ani­mated picture.

Pixar is in pro­duc­tion on a sequel to another fea­ture film, Mon­sters Inc. titled Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity, to be released next year.

The stu­dio is work­ing on three new projects. The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Peter­son, is sched­uled for release May 30, 2014. An unti­tled inside the mind project by Pete Doc­tor (Up) is slated to reach the­aters June 19, 2015.

Another unti­tled movie — about Dia de los muer­tos — by Nemo co-director Lee Unkrich, is planned, but no release date has been announced.

Finding Nemo (2003) — PIXAR Animated Film

Finding Nemo

Find­ing Nemo

#CotD: The box office cham­pion of 2003, “Find­ing Nemo” cost a mere $94 mil­lion to make.

Find­ing Nemo (2003) — PIXAR Ani­mated Film

The film fol­lows the comedic and event­ful jour­neys of two fish– Mar­lin and his son Nemo– who become sep­a­rated in the Great Bar­rier Reef when Nemo is unex­pect­edly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office over­look­ing Syd­ney har­bor. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cau­tious father embarks on a dan­ger­ous trek and finds him­self the unlikely hero of an epic jour­ney to res­cue his son– who hatches a few dar­ing plans of his own to return safely home.

You can watch “Find­ing Nemo” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Partly Cloudy (2009) — PIXAR Animated Film

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

#CotD: released the­atri­cally with the film Up, “Partly Cloudy” was a new look at the clas­sic stork stories.

Partly Cloudy (2009) — PIXAR Ani­mated Film

Each day, storks deliver babies both human and ani­mal all across the world. The source of their bun­dles of joy come from a series of cloud peo­ple, who sculpt the the young ones and bring them to life.

While most of the clouds deal with cute lit­tle pup­pies or chicks, one of them named Gus is tasked with cre­at­ing some of the more volatile of babies. This begins to take a toll on his friend, a stork named Peck. Over the course of the film, Peck is tasked to deliver a baby croc­o­dile, a baby ram, and a baby porcupine.

Each time, Peck returns a lit­tle more worse for wear. When he returns to find that Gus is plan­ning to have him deliver a baby shark, Peck flies off to another cloud per­son. Gus grows angry, and then upset that his friend has aban­doned him.

Soon after, Peck returns and gives the rea­son why he left: the other cloud per­son had helped fash­ion some pro­tec­tive gear for the plucky stork to con­tinue to assist his friend. Gus is over­joyed that Peck has returned, and pro­duces Peck’s next deliv­ery: a baby elec­tric eel.

You can watch “Partly Cloudy” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Mike’s New Car (2002) — Theatrical Short

Mike's New Car

Mike’s New Car

#CotD: The the­atri­cally released short from Mon­sters, Inc. “Mike’s New Car” won an Acad­emy Award for short film.

Mike’s New Car (2002) — The­atri­cal Short

Based on the char­ac­ters from Mon­sters, Inc., Mike get’s a new car, and wants to show it off to his pal Sully.

You can watch “Mike’s New Car” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase