Earlier this evening, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, held its 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. While addressing the myriad of technical issues for the awards show were well beyond the capabilities of Fix-It Felix Jr and his magic hammer, the clear winner of the night was Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The blockbuster took a total of five awards including Music in an Animated Feature Production (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), Writing in an Animated Feature (Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee), Voice Acting in an Animated Feature (Alan Tudyk as King Candy), Directing in an Animated Feature (Rich Moore) and Best Animated Feature.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ short Paperman, directed by John Kahrs, also took its category of Best Animated Short Subject. Disney/Pixar’s Brave also picked up a couple of awards for Editorial in an Animated Feature (Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther) and Production Design in an Animated Feature (Steve Pilcher). Kristen Schaal also took the honors for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for her role as Mabel Pines in ‘Gravity Falls.’
Lastly, Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig and Mark Chataway of Industrial Light & Magic were recognized for Animated Effects in a Live Action Film for Marvel’s The Avengers.
Juried awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation were also awarded to Disney animator Mark Henn, one of three recognized with the Winsor McCay award, as selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors, for his career contributions to the art of animation. Additionally, Disney publicist and documentarian Howard Green received the June Foray Award for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.
‘Annie’ 2012 Noms: ‘Ralph,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘TRON: Uprising’ Amongst Forerunners; Mark Henn to be Recognized
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
Across the film and television categories Disney has a strong showing this year (full list of nominees and respective categories below), particularly with Pixar’s Brave, Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph and Disney Animation’s ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Disney Junior newcomers ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ also managed to be recognized for their efforts.
Juried awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation will also be awarded. Disney animator Mark Henn will be one of three recognized with the Winsor McCay award, as selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors, for his career contributions to the art of animation. Additionally, Disney publicist and documentarian Howard Green will receive the June Foray Award for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.
Winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. For a complete list of Annie Award nominations, ticket and event information, visit www.annieawards.org.
- Best Animated Feature
- Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Dan Nguyen)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Jaime Landes)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Travis Hathaway)
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Mandel)
- Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Steve Pilcher)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Kelly MacDonald)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Nicholas A. Smith, ACE, Robert Graham Jones, ACE, David Suther)
Walt Disney Studios’ Frankenweenie
- Best Animated Feature
- Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Rick Heintzich)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Atticus Shaffer)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Catherine O’Hara)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (John August)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-it Ralph
- Best Animated Feature
- Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Brett Albert)
- Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Bill Schwab, Lorelay Bove, Cory Loftis, Minkyu Lee)
- Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Rich Moore)
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Henry Jackman)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Leo Matsuda)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Lissa Treiman)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Alan Tudyk)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Tim Mertens)
DisneyToon’s Secret of the Wings
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Mark Rosenbaum)
Walt Disney Studios Animation’s Paperman
- Best Animated Short
Marvel Studios’ The Avengers
- Animated Effects in a Live Action Production (Industrial Light & Magic: Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway)
- Character Animation in a Live Action Production (Industrial Light & Magic: Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser, Scott Benzu, Steve King, Kiran Bhat)
Walt Disney Studios’ John Carter
- Animated Effects in a Live Action Production (Cinesite: Sue Rowe, Simon Stanley-Clamp, Artemis Oikonomopoulou, Holger Voss, Nikki Makar, Catherine Elvidge)
- Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production (‘Beck’s Beginning’)
- Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Robert Valley; ‘The Renegade, Part I)
- Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Alberto Mielgo; ‘The Stranger’)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Robert Valley, Kalvin Lee; ‘The Reward)
- Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Ian Worrel; ‘Tourist Trapped’)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Kristen Schaal)
- Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (‘C’ Raggio IV; ‘Petrified’)
‘Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja’
- Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Kevin Michael Richardson; ‘Gossip Boy’)
- Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children (‘The Right Stuff’)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Andy Kelly; ‘Righty-On-Lefty’)
‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns’
- Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children
- Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Howie Parkins)
‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Holly Forsyth)
- Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Peter Kaufman)
We first mentioned the ‘Summerween’ episode of ‘Gravity Falls’ in our coverage of the Disney Television Animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year and now the time to celebrate is almost here! This Friday, the ‘Summerween’ episode premieres on Disney Channel and we’ve been given this first look at some of the hilarity that is sure to ensue.
Summerween is the Gravity Falls version of Halloween in Summer with Jack-o-Melons and lots of trick-or-treating. Dipper and Mabel are excited to join in on the fun, but when Wendy casually mentions that trick-or-treating is for kids, Dipper’s whole outlook on the evening changes. The night gets even more complicated when a monster that Dipper accidentally insulted makes them fulfill his candy quota by night’s end or else he will eat them. The all-new episode premieres Friday at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Below are a few stills as well as a video clip from the show provided to us by Disney Channel in which Soos warns Dipper and Mabel about the Summerween Trickster. Warning: This clip may contain small spoilers and leave you hanging with an uncontrollable and insatiable hunger for a Mr. Adequate Bar.
All images courtesy and © Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.
Moderated by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President of Original Series, Disney Television Animation brought the creative teams and talent from popular series ‘Fish Hooks’ and the upcoming ‘Wander Over Yonder’ to its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but it was newcomer ‘Gravity Falls’ that quickly dominated the show, as evidenced by the roar of the attending audience at its mere mention, let alone the number of fans dressed as characters from the cartoon.
During the presentation, series creator Alex Hirsch spoke at length behind the inspiration behind some of the show’s main characters: Mabel Pines, inspired by his real-life twin sister; Grunkle Stan, inspired by his Grandfather Stan; and Soos, inspired by friend he knew from college. Also representing the series were Jason Ritter, voice of Dipper Pines and Michael Rianda, the show’s creative director.
On the genesis of the show, Hirsch stated, ‘I have a twin sister, who I grew up with and we had a lot of summers together where we would stay with a relative out in the woods and we would be bored out of our minds and I always thought, you know, on long fishing trips or camping trips wouldn’t it be cool if instead of doing nothing, we were going on awesome adventures. So that’s sort of where the nexus of the show came from. I kind of combined my childhood memories and then fantasy stuff into one kind of stew of ideas and so-forth.. and so on.’
Mabel allows Hirsch to ‘vicariously help his sister live her dreams through’ the show. In an upcoming episode, from which a clip was shown, Mabel wins a pig at a ‘crummy fair’ operated by Grunkle Stan. This was directly inspired by his sister’s childhood obsession with pigs, explaining she would even continue to hang expired calendars featuring the animal. Since he couldn’t give her one in real life, he decided Mabel should have one on the show, although he notes that ‘certain time anomaly events’ will put the pig’s fate into question. It was also because of his sister that an upcoming episode will guest star Lance Bass of ‘N Sync fan. Growing up, Ariel Hirsch was obsessed with all boy bands, according to Hirsch, but Bass was her favorite. So much so that when she learned the show had been picked up, she suggested him as a celebrity guest star. Hirsch joked that now that he was able to allow his sister to meet her childhood idol, she would have to introduce him to Pikachu to even it out, since that was who he was into at the time.
Hirsch also talked about the sweater behind all of Mabel’s sweaters seen on the show. Explaining that the sweater used to be too large on Ariel, it now fit her and so she wore it to the series’ premiere party. The lime-green sweater that began it all features a troll doll, complete with ‘shedding’ hair and a jewel in its stomach.
Grunkle Stan is loosely based on Hirsch’s own Grandpa Stan. Hirsch recalled that as a child, his mother brought him to a hotel to visit his grandfather. Grandpa Stan proceeded to remove a silver spoon from his pocket and handed it to young Alex, explaining it was the Hirsch family silver and had been passed down throughout generations and was now being given to to Alex. Hirsch was so excited to receive the family heirloom, he ran downstairs to show his mother who pointed out the symbol embossed on the spoon, showing it was nothing more than silverware from the hotel. Thinking his grandfather would be the worst possible caretaker for a summer, he was put into the show.
Soos, who Hirsch cites as being his favorite character from the show, was explained as someone he had first met in school. ‘Soos is inspired by a guy I went to college with,’ Hirsch explained. ‘He’s one of those guys who graduated school and then was always still there, just hanging out in the computer lab like “Dude, need any help with your essay?” “No, I’m good.” “Need help with the printer? I could help you out with the printer.” “No, I’m fine.” “I’ll just sit here and spot you in case you need anything.” He’s just like the sweetest man alive. I hope he comes to Comic-Con sometime because he resembles the character that he’s based on a fair amount — it’s pretty amazing. I think you guys would love to meet the real Soos someday.”
Jason Ritter identified himself with his alter-ego, Dipper Pines. ‘I was pretty much completely like Dipper. I had lots of crushes on older ladies who probably would never date me — and never did,’ he explained. Ritter also said that as a child, he was very excitable and always looking for adventure and that ‘Gravity Falls’ is ‘almost what his dream would be’ as a child. He shared an anecdote on how he and his friends would manufacture their own treasure maps, using tea to ‘age’ them, then pretend to stumble across them and discover the hidden treasure, though he couldn’t recall actually doing any digging, lest he and his friends got in trouble.
Rianda said the key to the show’s success is in keeping it grounded. It’s easy to make everything insane and crazy, he said, but they prefer to keep it grounded by constantly asking what the real Soos would do in a situation, or noting which pop groups Ariel would listen to. He also said a lot of time is spent talking about shipping characters (the fanfic term for relationships) ‘We’re shipping all the characters like UPS,’ he joked.
When the panel turned over to audience Q&A it was only natural that many of the questions had to do with the mysteries and quirks embedded into the series. Responding to a question about ‘Lil Gideon’s book which appears identical to Dipper’s, save for the number on the front, Hirsch responded with, ‘the show’s got some mystery to it, it’s got some overarching themes and secrets. It’s a very good question and will probably get an answer.’
In response to questions regarding Goggle Man, aka Mystery Man, Hirsch was even more coy: ‘Goggle man I’ve never seen before, I’ve never noticed that character. I’ve heard rumors about him but I think it’s just an urban legend or something. I would say that if you’re curious about those kind of things, your curiosity will be rewarded — you have to keep paying attention and you got to freeze frame — that’s all I’m allowed to say on the subject.’
Audience members also longed for a soundtrack from the show, a request Hirsch said he has heard of before. The show’s music is by Brad Breeck, whom Hirsch describes as, a ‘young dude who’s insanely talented.’ In lieu of the soundtrack, it was suggested that fans of the show’s music check out Breeck’s bands, The Mae Shi and Skull Tape.
In addition to the ‘crummy fair’ episode, fans can look forward to an episode dedicated to the Gravity Falls tradition of Summerween, in which Dipper and Mabel are forced to trick or treat, literally for their lives. Another episode, which Hirsch seems particularly excited for, is described as being video game inspired and features guest animation by Paul Robertson.
Below is a small gallery of photos from the panel. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger version:
Gravity Falls is just west of weird, slightly east of eerie and always north of normal, in a fresh new comedy series that follows city kids and twins Dipper and Mabel Pines who are sent to spend the summer with their eccentric Great Uncle Stan (aka Grunkle Stan) who runs a tourist trap called The Mystery Shack in a remote northwestern town where nothing is what it seems. There are creatures in the forest, there are monsters in the lake and even time traveling adventures. The comedy, produced by Disney Television Animation, has a special preview Friday, June 15 at 9:55 pm ET/PT and premieres Friday, June 29 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Created and executive-produced by 2007 CalArts graduate Alex Hirsch (“Fish Hooks,” “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”) and inspired by his real life adventures with his twin sister, “Gravity Falls” features the voice talents of Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) and Kristen Schaal (Toy Story 3” “30 Rock”) in the lead roles. The cast also includes Linda Cardellini (“Freaks and Geeks”) and Alex Hirsch, and guest stars including Jennifer Coolidge, Will Forte, Alfred Molina, Lance Bass, Coolio and Larry King.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 25 – Viewers are invited to enter the elusive world of Gravity Falls at DisneyChannel.com and play the game “Mystery Shack Mystery” in which Dipper and Mable must collect objects to solve puzzles, and customize postcards with various backgrounds, objects and fun messages in the activity, “Postcard Creator.”
Friday, June 15 – A full episode preview of “Gravity Falls” follows the premiere of Let It Shine at 9:55 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. In the premiere episode, “Tourist Trapped,” Dipper and Mabel arrive to spend the summer in Gravity Falls and soon discover that something is amiss with the remote town.
“Tourist Trapped” will be available on iTunes.
Friday, June 22 – “Gravity Falls” series premiere available on Disney Channel SVOD.
Friday, June 29 – “Tourist Trapped” encores on Disney Channel (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) and will be available immediately after on DisneyChannel.com. A new episode, “The Legend of the Gobblewonker,” follows on Disney Channel in its regular timeslot (9:30 p.m., ET/PT). In the episode, the twins embark on a mission to prove that a legendary sea monster exists at the bottom of the local lake.
Viewers can take a speed ride through Gravity Falls in the new game, “Mystery Tour Ride” featured on DisneyChannel.com.
Saturday, June 30 – A new episode “Headhunters” premieres on Disney Channel (9:25 p.m., ET/PT). Larry King and Coolio guest star in a classic “whodunit’” episode filled with life-sized doppelganger wax figurines.
Series launches on Disney Channel On Demand, Mobile VOD, Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation.
Sunday, July 1 – Encores of “Tourist Trapped,” “The Legend of the Gobblewonker” and “Headhunters” air on Disney Channel (beginning at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT).
Disney Channel Renews ‘Fish Hooks,’ Orders New Series ‘Gravity Falls’ from Disney Television Animation
Disney Television Animation has reeled in a second-season pick-up of Disney Channel’s animated comedy series “Fish Hooks” and an order for a new animated Disney Channel comedy series, “Gravity Falls,” each creator-driven series from noteworthy storytellers Noah Z. Jones and Alex Hirsch. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Coleman said: “The heart of our work is storytelling, and in these two outstanding projects we have the pleasure and privilege of working with a team of talented artists, in every sense of the word, who are delivering wonderfully imaginative characters and relevant stories to kids and families around the world.” He continued, “We’re gratified that viewers have responded so strongly and positively to ‘Fish Hooks,’ and we believe ‘Gravity Falls,’ will be a perfect addition to our growing lineup of shows that are fresh, contemporary and custom-made for our audience.”
Rendered in 2D animation set against photo-real backgrounds, the “Fish Hooks” stories follow three best fish friends (BFFs) as they navigate their way through the choppy waters of high school. In the second season, stories will dive deeper into Bea, Milo and Oscar’s friendship and their adventures at Freshwater High with their classmates including Jocktopus, Shellsea and Clamantha.
The lead characters, Bea, Milo and Oscar, are voiced by Chelsea Kane (fka Chelsea Staub), Kyle Massey and Justin Roiland, and the recurring voice cast includes Richard Simmons as Coach Salmon, Edie McClurg as Mrs. Goldfishberg, Jerry Stiller as Principal Stickler, Rachel Dratch as Esmargot, Atticus Shaffer as Albert Glass and Tiny Lister as Mr. Mussels.
Disney Television Animation has also received an order for the stylized series “Gravity Falls,” an imaginative, animated comedy about contemporary twins who are thrust into the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Slated for a spring 2012 premiere on Disney Channel, the series was created and will be executive-produced by Alex Hirsch (writer and storyboard artist on “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and creative consultant on “Fish Hooks”).
“Gravity Falls” introduces twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines, whose summer plans are ruined when their parents ship them off to their Great Uncle Stan (aka “Grunkle Stan”) in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Grunkle Stan lives in and runs The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap which overcharges unlucky visitors for a glimpse at the world’s most bizarre museum, but little do Dipper and Mabel know that there really is something very strange going on and they must rely on one another to find their way in this unfamiliar town.