'Rango' Wins Best Animated Feature at the 39th Annual Annie Awards

'The Simpsons' won Best Animated TV Production at the awards ceremony, which was hosted by Patton Oswalt.

Rango wins Best Animated Film at the 39th Annual Annie Awards
Rango wins Best Animated Film at the 39th Annual Annie Awards
Paramount Pictures Rango took top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 39th Annual Annie Awards, Saturday, February 4, at UCLA's Royce Hall. With the expanded list of categories from 25 to 28, and the addition of two new categories - Editing and Best Animated Special Production - this year's show honored more nominees than in the past. The newly created 'Member's Favorite' award voted on by the entire ASIFA-Hollywood community also went to Rango.

Newcomer Minkyu Lee's Adam and Dog won for Best Short Subject while Psyop's Twinings Sea was selected Best Television Commercial. The Simpsons took Best Animated TV Production and Shadow Planet Production's Insanely Twisted was selected as Best Video Game.

'This was a great evening, with a lot of fun and surprises," said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. "Annies went to a huge variety of individuals and studios. This goes directly to ASIFA-Hollywood's vision of celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries."

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt's hosting duties kept the show moving at a lively pace. He was joined on stage by animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray, J.K. Simmons, Judy Greer, Zachary Levi, Peter Baynham, Mace Neufeld, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Bruce Boxleitner, Ahmed Best, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jim Cummings, Phil LaMarr, Diedrich Bader, Daran Norris, Tara Strong, Kelly Stables, Dee Bradley Baker, Nika Futterman, Ariel Winter, Logan Grove, James Hong, Brian Posehn, Greg & Evan Spiridellis and Jim Meskimen (Jib Jab), Bridgit Mendler, Brittany Snow, Jason Marsden and Joe Letteri.

Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring and the late Ronald Searle. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. Art Leonardi was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.

39th Annual Annie Awards Winners

Animated Feature

  • Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Directing in a Television Production

  • Matthew Nastuk - The Simpsons - Gracie Films

Directing in a Feature Production

  • Jennifer Yuh Nelson - Kung Fu Panda 2 - DreamWorks Animation

General Audience Animated TV Production

  • The Simpsons - Gracie Films

Voice Acting in a Television Production

  • Jeff Bennett as Kowalski The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

  • Bill Nighy as Grandsanta Arthur Christmas - Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Writing in a Television Production

  • Carolyn Omine - The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXII" - Gracie Films

Writing in a Feature Production

  • John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit - Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Productions

Editing in Television Production

  • Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin - The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

Editing in a Feature Production

  • Craig Wood, A.C.E. Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Animated Television Production - Preschool

  • Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Disney Television Animation

Animated Television Production - Children

  • The Amazing World of Gumball - Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi

Animated Special Production

  • Kung Fu Panda - Secrets of the Masters - DreamWorks Animation

Animated Short Subject

  • Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee

Animated Television Commercial

  • Twinings "Sea" - Psyop

Animated Video Game

  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell

Music in a Television Production

  • Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Music in a Feature Production

  • John Williams - The Adventures of Tintin - Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/MarshallZ

Production Design in a Television Production

  • Mark Bodnar,Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson - Secret Mountain Fort Awesome - Cartoon Network Studios

Production Design in a Feature Production

  • Raymond Zibach - Kung Fu Panda 2 - DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in a Television Production

  • Barry W. Johnson - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Storyboarding in a Feature Production

  • Jeremy Spears - Winnie the Pooh - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Kevin Romond - The Adventures of Tintin - Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • Florent Andorra - Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Industrial Light & Magic

Character Animation in a Television Production

  • Chad Sellers - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Jeff Gabor - Rio - Blue Sky Studios

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • Eric Reynolds - Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Fox

Character Design in a Television Production

  • Bill Schwab - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Design in a Feature Production

  • Mark "Crash" McCreery - Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Members Favorite Award

June Foray Award

  • Art Leonardi

Winsor McCay Award

  • Walt Peregoy
  • Borge Ring
  • Ronald Searle

Rango was released March 4th, 2011 and stars Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski.



Sources: ASIFA-Hollywood

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Comments (4)

  1. Diaigma

    @dan1 - Kind of a toss up year for animation. I agree Rango used the most creative approach, but I felt Panda 2 had the strongest story of the year. And how happy am I that Cars 2 is nowhere to be found! :D

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    It was good. Not the best of all time, but one of the best of the year

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. moviegeek

    @dan1. I suppose so... But I'm not a big fan of Rango. Way overrated.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  4. Dan

    Cool.

    I'm betting @diaigma and @moviegeek agree with this?

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag