TV’s ‘Clone Wars,’ ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Fanboy’ Grab Annie Nominations

by | December 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM | TV News

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The Annie Awards, which have been wracked by controversy in recent years, attempted to right the ship on Monday with a slate of nominations that included … everybody.

With an expanded field in nearly every category, including 10 nominees for Best Animated Feature, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, was all inclusive in its nominations, with 13 different animated films receiving nominations and no one film running away from the field the way “How to Train Your Dragon” did last year.

Typically, a DreamWorks Animation production led the pack, with the 12 nominations for “Kung Fu Panda 2” being three more than the nine received by that company’s “Puss in Boots” and Paramount’s “Rango.”


But Disney and Pixar were well-represented as well, after a year in which they withdrew from ASIFA-Hollywood over concerns about the judging process. Pixar’s “Cars 2” received seven nominations and Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” received eight, though it was shut out of the top category, Best Animated Feature, despite that category’s 10 nominees.

Competing for the top award will be DWA’s “King Fu Panda 2″ and “Puss in Boots,” “Cars 2,” “Rango,” Blue Sky Studios’ “Rio,” Sony and Aardman Animation’s “Arthur Christmas” and Amblin’s Steven Spielberg production “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Also in the running: the smaller European films “A Cat in Paris,” “Arrugas” (“Wrinkles”) and “Chico & Rita,” all of which are also in the running for the Best Animated Feature award at the Oscars.


George Miller’s “Happy Feet 2,” which opened in November to disappointing box-office returns and largely negative reviews, did not receive any nominations.

ASIFA reorganized under new leadership earlier this year, resulting in Disney and Pixar returning to the organization.

The full list of nominees:

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris – Folimage

Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L.

Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios

Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited

Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation

Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation

Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A

Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Rio – Blue Sky Studios

The Adventures of Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Best Animated Special Production

Adventure Time: Thank You – Cartoon Network Studios

Batman: Year One – Warner Bros. Animation

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky Studios

Kung Fu Panda – Secrets of the Masters – DreamWorks Animation

Prey 2 –Blur Studio

Star Tours – Industrial Light & Magic

Best Animated Short Subject

Adam and Dog – Lodge Films

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat – Warner Bros. Animation

La Luna – Pixar Animation Studios

(Notes on) Biology – Ornana Films

Paths of Hate – Platige Image

Sunday – National Film Board of Canada

The Ballad of Nessie –Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Girl and the Fox – Base14

Wild Life – National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS

Best Animated Television Commercial

Audi “Hummingbird” – The Mill

Geico “Foghorn” – Renegade Animation

McDonald’s “Apple Tree” Duck Studios/Kompost

McDonald’s “Suzi Van Zoom” Duck Studios/Kompost

Norton “Stuff”- Psyop

O2 “Niggles & Narks”- The Mill

Statoil “Good Night” – Studio AKA

“The Pirate” – Meindbender

Twinings “Sea” – Psyop

Best General Audience Animated TV Production

Archer – FX Productions

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Warner Bros. Animation

Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas – Hallmark

MAD – Warner Bros. Animation

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 – Starburns Industries, Inc.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

The Simpsons – Gracie Films


Best Animated Television Production – Preschool

Chuggington – Ludorum Pictures

Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Disney Television Animation

Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Disney Television Animation

The WotWots Season 2 – Pukeko Pictures

Best Animated Television Production – Children

Fanboy and Chum Chum – Nickelodeon and Frederator

Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation

Penguins of Madagascar – DreamWorks Animation

The Amazing World of Gumball – Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi

Best Animated Video Game

Bumpy Road – Simogo

Catherine – Atlus

Gears of War 3 – Epic Games

Gesundheit – Konami Digital Entertainment

Ghost Trick: “Phantom Detective” – Capcom

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell

Ratchet and Clark: All 4 One – Insomniac

Rayman Origins – Ubisoft Montpellier

Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception – Naughty Dog