‘Frozen’ Takes Top Prize at Annie Awards
The musical toon scooped up five of Disney’s 10 Annies, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, which hosts Hollywood’s biggest night for the animation industry. Mouse House stablemate Pixar took home five trophies itself for work done on the film “Monsters University,” which nabbed two awards, and three for the ABC special “Toy Story of TERROR!”
Legendary animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki was honored with an Annie for writing “The Wind Rises,” which the auteur says is his last film.
DreamWorks Animation notched the next highest tally of awards with three for “The Croods” in character animation (Jakob Jensen), character design (Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi and Shane Prigmore) and animated effects (Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores and Jason Mayer).
“Frozen,” which opened wide on Nov. 27, has been on a roll, tallying more than $800 million so far at the worldwide box office, and it won the Golden Globe for animated feature on Jan. 12. In addition to Saturday’s best animated feature Annie, “Frozen” picked up kudos for feature directing for co-helmers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (who also wrote the script), voice actor Josh Gad as Olaf the snowman, music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Christophe Beck, and production design by Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene and David Womersley.
Top television kudos went to Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” which was named best TV/broadcast production for children. Tom Kenny won the TV voice acting Annie for his portrayal of the Ice King in the series. “Futurama” from 20th Century Fox nabbed the award for best general audience TV/broadcast production, and “Disney Sofia the First” took the top award from TV/broadcast production for pre-school children.
“Get a Horse,” Disney’s blending of classic characters and state of the art 3D animation techniques, took the prize for animated short. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2″ ad for Cinemark featuring the Minions won for TV/broadcast commercial. Best student film honors went to Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Viola Baier for her marzipan marital concoction “Wedding Cake.”
The much buzzed about “Chipotle Scarecrow,” from the restaurant chain’s creative department and Moonbot Studios, won for best animated special production.
Rounding out the winners in the production categories is “The Last of Us,” the survival themed videogame by Naughty Dog for PlayStation 3.
The night also featured special juried awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation for celebrated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, manga artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo and visual effects maven Phil Tippett (Winsor McCay Award), costume designer Alice Davis (June Foray Award), creators of stop-motion software Dragronframe (Ub Iwerks) and the docu “I Know That Voice” (Certificate of Merit). A special achievement award went to the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation Expo.
A complete list of winners follows:
Best Animated Feature
Frozen – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated Special Production
Chipotle Scarecrow - Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios
Best Animated Short Subject
Get A Horse! - Walt Disney Animation Studios