Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.
The pair are not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but both Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Dan Fogelman (Tangled) are being considered in the Writing in a Feature Production category. Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich is also nominated for Directing in a Feature Production.
Other notable nominations for The Walt Disney Company include Disney/Pixar’s short Day & Night in the Best Animated Short Subject category and Jon Colton Barry & Piero Piluso for Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb: Nerds of a Feather’ comic-con-inspired episode which featured guest stars Kevin Smith and Seth MacFarlane.
Also of note is the juried award for Special Achievement which has been awarded to the Walt Disney Animation Studios documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty.
The Walt Disney Company, which has supported the Annies over the years, has notably dropped sponsorship this year as well as did not submit their own films for consideration over concerns that membership (and consequently voting rights) doesn’t have ample standards. The company asserts that DreamWorks Animation provides all of its employees with memberships and therefore indirectly stuffs the ballots. With the well received How to Train Your Dragon pitted against Toy Story 3, Disney is not looking forward to a potential upset which could be seen for its face value in the eyes of the public.
DreamWorks Animation, interestingly enough, has little to worry about in the Character Animation in a Feature Production category where all nominees are animators who worked on either How to Train Your Dragon or MegaMind.
The 38th Annual Annie Awards, presented by the The International Animated Film Society/ASIFA-Hollywood will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.