Annie Awards

Annie Awards

The Annie Awards are the most ebullient part of the awards season, always beaming with a real love for animated film. You can tell just by looking at yesterday’s list of nominees, which includes a whopping eight films in its Best Animated Feature category. The Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, which runs the show, seems to prioritize quantity and excitement over self-serious rule-making. The whole list feels like an enormous, giddy smile. The biggest hit yesterday morning was The Boxtrolls, with a grand total of 13 nominations. Almost as much love was given to How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was mentioned ten times. Even Cyndi Lauper made the list, nominated for a direct-to-DVD baseball drama to which she lent her voice. Yet while that film might be a bit hard to find, some of the shorts that made the roster are already online. Eight films are nominated for Best Animated Short Subject, of which five have also been shortlisted for the Academy Award. What that means, essentially, is that we likely have to wait until the ShortsHD release after the Oscar nominations to see them. That they’ll be released on the big screen makes it worth the wait, of course. In the meantime, one of the eight is already on Vimeo.

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Despite the popular notion that all things Pixar must win all awards animation, the 36th Annual Annie Awards were dominated this year by Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, leaving cute little robot Wall-E out in the cold.

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