‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot,’ ‘Wander Over Yonder’ Strong in Annie Award Nominations


Nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards were announced earlier today, honoring the best animation in film, television, video games and beyond for the previous year. The Walt Disney Company made a strong showing, as one might expect, with Big Hero 6 and ‘Disney’s Mickey Mouse’ cartoons, but Craig McCracken’s ‘Wonder Over Yonder’ on Disney XD is also respectable in its showing, while new series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ struggled to make an impact with just one nomination, as did ‘Sofia the First’ which failed to show at all.

Big Hero 6 spotlights the list of nominations, being selected for ‘Best Animated Feature’ among Cheatin’ (Plymptoons Studio), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation SKG), Song of the Sea (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon), The Book of Life (Reel FX), The Boxtrolls (Focus Features/Laika), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures) and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (GKIDS/Studio Ghibli). Other nominated categories include: Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik); Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Shiyoon Kim, Jin Kim);  Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Don Hall & Chris Williams); Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Marc E. Smith); Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson & Jordan Roberts);  and Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Tim Mertens), in which it is competing against Disneytoon’s Planes: Fire & Rescue’s sole nomination (Dan Molina, Mark Keefer & Karen Hathaway). In addition, Patrick Osborne’s short Feast, which screens before Big Hero 6, got a nod for Best Animated Short Subject.

Also making a strong showing is Pixar Animation Studios’ holiday special, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot,’ which debuts on ABC on December 2, 2014. Its nominated categories include: Best Animated Special Production; Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Don Crum; Carlo Vogele; Ken Kim); Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Louise Smythe); Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Steve Purcell); and Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (David Suther, Bradley Furnish & David Condolora).

Perennial television favorite ‘Disney Mickey Mouse’ also received several nominations: Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Andy Suriano); Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Aaron Springer); Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Christopher Willis); Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Narina Sokolova; Joseph Holt); Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Christopher Willis); Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Heiko Drengenberg); Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Bill Farmer as the voices of Goofy and Grandma); Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Darrick Bachman); and Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Illya Owens).

Meanwhile, Disney XD’s ‘Wander Over Yonder’ picked up several nominations including: Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children’s Audience; Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Justin Nichols); Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Benjamin Balistreri); Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (David Thomas); Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Alex Kirwan, Chris Tsirigotis, Alexander Duckworth, Janice Kubo & Francis Giglio); and Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Mark Ackland).

Its contemporary, ‘Gravity Falls’ also picks up some competing nominations for: Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children’s Audience; Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Rob Renzetti); and Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Luke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve Heneveld), where it also competes with ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace).

 

Also in the single-noms category: ‘Doc McStuffins’ for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children; ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’ for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production (Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter & Michael McCuistion).

For live action, Industrial Light and Magic was nominated for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live Action Production twice: Noah (Raul Essig, Karin Cooper, Rick Hankins, Owen Calouro) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Rick Hankins, John Hansen). Framestore also got a nod for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Kevin Spruce, Dale Newton, Sidney Kombo, Chris Mullins, Brad Silby).

Lastly, in the juried awards, the Special Achievement Award — recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation — will go to The Walt Disney Family Museum.

The 42nd annual Annie Awards winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. A pre-reception and press line begins at 5:00 pm with the awards ceremony following at 7:00 pm. A post-show celebration immediately follows the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall. Traditionally the awards show is live streamed on the internet.

 

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