Independent- and solo- animation film maker Don Hertzfeldt has won the best short film jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The prestigious award is all the more stunning in that Sundance does not segregate it’s animation short award from the other shorts- Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (which premiered at the festival, too) won in competition against 60 features from the full field of shorts including the dramatic and documentary styles. Winners in the Best Short category were selected by jurors K.K. Barrett, Alia Shawkat and Autumn de Wilde. Continue reading “Hertzfeldts World Best Cartoon Short at Sundance” »
The 38th annual Annecy International Animation Festival wound up June 14th and the winners are now available. The big winner for best feature film – the Cristal- is Alê Abreu’s O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World – Some Dreams Survive). The film is from Brazil and produced by Filme de Papel. The story tells the journey of a village boy into the modern world (São Paulo) as seen through his eyes and imagination, in the search for his father. Suffering from the absence of a father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings. A portrait of the problems of the modern world seen through the eyes of a child.
Brown Bag Films series Peter Rabbit seems to have hopped ahead of the pack. The series, produced in Dublin, Ireland has bagged three daytime Emmys and scored another five nominations, earning the most nominations for an animated show this year. Brown Bag Films is the largest animation company in Ireland.
As expected, Disney’s Frozen won the Best Animated Film Oscar at tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony. The film, which is nearing one billion dollars in total box office, beat out four other films to take the honor. This is The Walt Disney Studio’s first win of the Best Animated Feature award since its introduction in 2002.
Last night saw Disney freeze out most of the competition when the best and most creative in animation met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Sponsored by ASIFA Hollywood, the awards recognize great works in television, theatrical film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.
As it steamrolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Producer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. In an non-animated stunner, this years competition featured the first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year history. Live-action films Gravity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Disney’s Frozen was the big pick for the Best Animated Feature at the 71st Annual Golden Globe awards last night, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other top winners were “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” for best motion picture drama and best comedy or musical motion picture, respectively. The wins thrust the two films into the top positions for the Academy Awards’ best picture Oscar.
Kristina Reed, the producer of the Academy Award Winning animated short Paperman was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the coveted statuette. It seems that in her exuberant mood to celebrate the win, Ms. Reed took to making paper airplanes, applying a lip-stick kiss, and sending the planes into the audience around her.
The full video of the Student Academy Award winning Animation “The Jockstrap Raiders” is now available to view online. Five years in the making, this was a labor of love for director Mark Nelson. The film became his Masters thesis project at UCLA.
The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during world war I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain, and the world.
Completed at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA thesis project. The short has won many awards, including: Student Academy Award; Best Animation, British Animation Festival; Best Animation Macon Film Festival; Best Narrative Short GI Film Festival; Audience Award Orlando Film Festival.
Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are handing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event recognizes the best in animation from around the world.
Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big studios, with one award going to DreamWorks, the next to Pixar, then to ParaNorman, and then to Disney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Disney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Acting, Directing and Best Feature. Disney short Paperman won for best animated short.
The full list of winners:
Best Animated Video Game
Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Best Student Film
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckart
Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
Editing in a Feature Production
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Character Design in a Feature Production
Heidi Smith, ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features
June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Tex Avery Award
Winsor McCay Award
Music in a Feature Production
Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Effects In an Animated Production
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton – Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway The Avengers – Industrial Light & Magic
Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Travis Knight ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features
Production Design in a Feature Production
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Winsor McCay Award
Best Animated Special Production
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
Best Animated Short Subject
Paperman – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Writing in a Feature Production
Phil Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Winsor McCay Award
Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Directing in a Feature Production
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
General Audience Television Production
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special – Stoopid Buddy Studios
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Disney Animation Studios