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Friday, December 2, 2016

Announcing the Nominees for the Annie Awards

THE ANNIE AWARDS
[Source: blastr] There’s never been a better time to be a fan of animation. The medium is constantly developing new techniques and technologies to make its productions look better than ever, as the line between animation and special-effect-laden live action like The Jungle Book continues to blur. Animation has never been more welcome by audiences either, with six animated movies having already cleared $100 million in the domestic box office, and two — Zootopia and Finding Dory — having made over a billion worldwide.

Now it’s that time of year again when the men and women behind the cartoons we love come together to honor the best work of the year with their nominations for the International Animated Film Association’s Annie Awards. The Annie Awards have been given out annually since 1972, and encompass a number of categories, from the obvious “Best Animated Feature” to “Best Student Film” to “Character Animation in a Video Game” and much more. Animation has worked its way into every aspect of both animated and live-action television and movies, commercials, video games, and everything in between, and the Annie’s awards have grown to reflect that.

This year’s standouts include Disney’s Zootopia and Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings with eleven and ten nominations respectively, with the year’s second Walt Disney Animation feature, Moana in third with six. Notable inclusions for the geek-o-sphere include nominations for Netflix’s Voltron, for Doctor Strange’s Mirror Dimension effects, Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards, and for the music of Star Wars Rebels’ second season finale.

Read on for all the nominations for this year’s Annie Awards, and be sure to let us know your picks in the comments below!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Moana
Zootopia

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - INDEPENDENT
Long Way North
Miss Hokusai
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Your Name.

BEST ANIMATED SPECIAL PRODUCTION
Audrie & Daisy
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll
Little Big Awesome
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT
Blind Vaysha
Deer Flower
Path Title Sequence
Pearl
Piper

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST COMMERCIAL
Duelyst
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Lily & the Snowman
Loteria 'Night Shift'
The Importance of Paying Attention: Teeth

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
Ask the StoryBots
-Episode: Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?
Peg + Cat
-Episode: Peg + Cat, "The Disappearing Art Problem"
Puffin Rock- The First Snow
-Episode: 59
The Stinky & Dirty Show
-Episode: Squeak
Tumble Leaf
-Episode: Mighty Mud Movers/Having a Ball
BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN
Adventure Time
-Episode: Bad Jubies
DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender
-Epiode: Return of the Gladiator
Elena of Avalor
-Episode: A Day to Remember
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-Episode: Trans-Dimensional Turtles
Wander Over Yonder
-Episode: My Fair Hatey

BEST GENERAL AUDIENCE ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Bob's Burgers
-Episode: Glued, Where's My Bob?
BoJack Horseman
-Episode: Fish Out of Water
Long Live The Royals
-Episode: Punk Show
The Simpsons
-Episode: Barthood
The Venture Bros
-Episode: Hostile Makeover

BEST STUDENT FILM
Citipati
FISHWITCH
The Abyss
The Wrong End of the Stick
Twiddly Things

ANIMATED EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED PRODUCTION
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Moana
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

ANIMATED EFFECTS IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION
Deepwater Horizon- The Rig
Doctor Strange- Mirror Dimesion
Ghostbusters
The BFG
Warcraft- Magic

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Atomic Puppet
DreamWorks Trollhunters
-Episode: Becoming, Part 1
The Snowy Day
Tumble Leaf
-Episode: Thinking Outside The Hoop/Fig's Hay-Maze-ing Wander
Tumble Leaf
-Episode: Might Mud Movers/Having A Ball
CHARACTER ANIMATION IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Zootopia (1)
Zootopia (2)

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION
Captain America: Civil War- Spider-Man
Game of Thrones Battle of the Bastards Series 6 Episode 9
The Jungle Book (1)
The Jungle Book (2)
Warcraft- Orcs

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A VIDEO GAME
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Witcher 3 Expansion Packs- Character Animation Reel

CHARACTER DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Counterfeit Cat
-Episode: 28 Seconds Later
DreamWorks Trollhunters
-Episode: Win, Lose or Draal
Pig Goat Banana Cricket
-Episode: It's Time to Slumber Party
Rain or Shine
-Episode: N/A
Wander Over Yonder
-Episode: The Night Out

CHARACTER DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
The Secret Life of Pets
Trolls
Zootopia

DIRECTING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
A Love Story
-Episode: N/A
Adventure Time
-Episode: Bad Jubies
Open Season: Scared Silly
-Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly
Pearl
-Episode: N/A
Wander Over Yonder
-Episode: My Fair Hatey
DIRECTING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings- Travis Knight
My Life As A Zucchini- Claude Barras
The Red Turtle- Michael Dudok de Wit
Your Name- Makoto Shinkai
Zootopia- Byron Howard and Rich Moore

MUSIC IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Bob's Burgers
-Episode: Glued, Where's My Bob
Disney Mickey Mouse
-Episode: Dancevidaniya
DreamWorks Trollhunters
-Episode: Becoming, Part 1
Pearl
Episode: N/A
Star Wars Rebels
Episode: #2-24: "Twilight of the Apprentice"

MUSIC IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
Sing
The Little Prince
The Red Turtle
The Secret Lif of Pets

PRODUCTION IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Adventure Time
-Episode: Bad Jubies
Pearl
-Episode: N/A
Puffin Rock
-Episode: The First Snow
Rain or Shine
-Episdode: N/A
The Mr. Peabody & SHerman Show
-Episode: The Wrath of Hughes

PRODUCTION DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Trolls
 Zootopia

STORYBOARDING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Atomic Puppet
-Episode: Sick Day
Disney Miskey Mouse
-Episode: Road Hogs
DreamWorks Trollhunters
-Episode: Win, Lose or Draal
Milo Murphy's Law
-Episode: Going the Extra Milo"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
-Episode: Prey Time
STORYBOARDING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Trolls
Zootopia

VOICE ACTING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
BoJack Horseman
-Episode: Multiple Episodes
Open Season: Scared Silly
-Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly
Splash and Bubbles
-Episode: #102 "I Only Have Eyespots/Double Bubbles"
Star Wars Rebels
-Episode: #3-05: "Hera's Heroes"
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
-Episode: Ponce de León

VOICE ACTING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Storks
Trolls
Zootopia

WRITING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Bob's Burgers
-Episode: The Hormone-iums
Gravity Falls
-Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls
Puffin Rock-The First Snow
-Episode: 59
The Simpsons
-Episode: Barthood
The Simpsons
-Episode: The Burns Cage

WRITING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

EDITORIAL IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION
All Hail Kin Julien
-Episode: King Julien Superstar!
Bob's Burgers
-Episode Sea Me Now
Disney Mickey Mouse
-Episode: Sock Burglar
Gravity Falls
-Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: take Back the Falls
Star Wars Rebels
-Episode: #2-24: "Twilight of the Apprentice"

EDITORIAL IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION
April and the Exrtraordinary World
Kubo and the Two Strings
 Moana
 Sausage Party
Zootopia

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