BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- ASIFA-Hollywood, The International
Animated Film Society, announced today nominations for the 33rd Annual Annie
Awards recognizing the year's finest animation across film, television, short
subjects and gaming. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala
celebration on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA
(216 N. Brand Blvd.).
In the feature categories "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
(Aardman Features) led the pack with sixteen nominations including Best
Animated Feature and a sweep in the voice acting category with Ralph Fiennes,
Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Sallis and Nicholas Smith all earning nominations.
"Madagascar" from DreamWorks Animation garnered nine nominations overall for
Best Animated Feature as well as multiple nods in the Effects and
Rounding out the Best Animated Feature category are "Chicken Little" (Walt
Disney Feature Animation), "Corpse Bride" (Warner Bros. Presents A Tim
Burton/Laika Entertainment Production) and "Howl's Moving Castle" (Walt Disney
Nominations for Best Animated Television Production are "AVATAR: The Last
Airbender" (Nickelodeon), "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" (Cartoon
Network Studios), "My Life As A Teenage Robot" (Nickelodeon/Frederator), "Star
Wars: Clone Wars II" (Cartoon Network Studios) and "The Batman" (Warner Bros.
Annual prestigious juried awards will also be awarded. The 33rd Annual
Annie Award recipients are:
June Foray Award (significant impact): Mark Kausler
Winsor McCay Awards (lifetime achievement): Cornelius Cole; Tyrus Wong;
Ub Iwerks Award (technical achievement): "Corpse Bride"
Certificates of Merit: Larry Loc; "Dream on Silly Dreamer"
For a complete list of nominations, please logo onto
Nearly 1,000 industry insiders -- studio brass, production executives,
creative talent and animation luminaries -- will attend the black-tie awards
ceremony on February 4, 2006 at the Alex Theatre. Festivities get underway
with a pre-reception at 3 p.m., awards ceremony at 5 p.m. and a post event
celebration immediately following, Tom Kenny, the award-winning voice of
SpongeBob SquarePants and noted comic actor hosts again this year. Presenters
confirmed to date include multi-talented Oscar and Annie winner Brad Bird,
Seth MacFarlane creator of "The Family Guy" and the new animated series
"American Dad," Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" fame and frequent voice actor
and Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Surprise stage presentations
from these and other presenters are certain to make this year's ceremony the
most entertaining and irreverent yet.
The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement across 22 categories
covering overall excellence as well as individual achievement in areas ranging
from production design, character animation, and effects animation to
storyboarding, writing, directing, music and voice acting. Entries submitted
for Annie consideration must be from productions that originally aired, were
exhibited in an animation festival, or were commercially released in the
United States between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005.
Tickets for the 33rd Annual Annie Awards are available to the public as
space permits by calling the Alex Theatre Box office at (818) 243-2539.
Admission is $75 per person and tickets include both pre and post receptions.
Sponsors of the 33rd Annual Annie Awards include Cartoon Network,
Disneytoon Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony
Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox Animation, Walt Disney Feature Animation
and Walt Disney Television Animation. Media partner: awn.
ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest of an international network of chapters,
supports a range of animation initiatives through its membership. In addition
to the Annual Annie Awards projects include special animation events, classes
and screenings, film and video archives and film preservation.
For general information and sponsorship for the 33rd Annual Annie Awards
visit http://www.annieawards.org or contact ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330.