Big Hero 6, Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie, and Dragons 2 nominated for top Annie’s; Penguins of Madagascar in danger of being written off from Wall Street; Teen Nick resumes holiday tradition with Christmas schedule

 

Welcome to the Annie nominated edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

 

After a year so far of animated debuts in the box office, they’ve been pretty low since fantasy and sci-fi ruled the summer. Back on Monday, the nom’s for next year’s Annie’s were officially in. Will next year be better for animation, and who made the cut Johnny?

 

 

Johnny Trout (via The Wrap)- “Big Hero 6,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Lego Movie,” “Cheatin’,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Book of Life,” “The Boxtrolls” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” have been nominated for the top feature award at the 41st annual Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Monday.

The nominations covered 31 separate categories of feature film, short-form and television work, as well as individual achievements in character animation, design, effects, music, storyboarding, writing, voice acting and more.

 

In the top category, Best Animated Feature, all of the major Oscar contenders were included, including two foreign-made films, the Irish-made “Song of the Sea” and the Japanese “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” “Cheatin’,” from veteran animator Bill Plympton, was a surprise inclusion in the category.

 

All of the top nominees received substantial support in other categories as well, with “Big Hero 6,” “Dragon 2,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Boxtrolls” and “The Lego Movie” all nominated in the directing and writing categories.

Overall, “The Boxtrolls” received 13 nominations, followed by “Dragon 2” with 10 and “Big Hero 6” and “Song of the Sea” with seven.

This is the fourth year since ASIFA-Hollywood made significant changes in its voting rules in response to concerns that had caused Disney and Pixar to withdraw its support of the organization.

Last year’s Annie winner, “Frozen,” went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

The Annie Awards will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.

 

The nominations:

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Cheatin’, Plymptoons Studio
How to Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation
Song of the Sea, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
The Book of Life, Reel FX
The Boxtrolls, Focus Features/Laika
The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, GKIDS/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Voyager Pictures LLC
Dawn of the Dragon Racers, DreamWorks Animation
How Murray Saved Christmas, Universal Television
Polariffic, Bent Image Lab
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Short Subject
Coda, 62 George Street
Duet, Glen Keane Productions
Feast, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Inside Homer – The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549), Acme Filmworks
Me and My Moulton, National Film Board of Canada
Silent, Creative Artists Agency
The Dam Keeper, Tonko House LLC
The Raven, Moonbot Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
Citizen M: “Swan Song”, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Flight of the Stories, Aardman Animations
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Plastic Wax

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
Doc McStuffins, Disney Channel / Disney XD
Peter Rabbit, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Tumble Leaf, Amazon Studios
Wallykazam!, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Zack & Quack, Zodiak Kids

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children’s Audience
Adventure Time, Cartoon Network
Gravity Falls, Disney Television Animation
Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Over The Garden Wall, Cartoon Network
Wander Over Yonder, Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Archer, FX Networks
Back To Backspace, Cartoon Network Studios
Bob’s Burgers, Bento Box Entertainment
Rick and Morty, Starburns Industries, Inc.
Mike Tyson Mysteries, Warner Bros. Animation
Regular Show, Cartoon Network Studios
The Simpsons, The Simpsons

Best Video Game
Forza Horizon 2, Microsoft – Turn 10 Studios
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Ubisoft
Child of Light, Ubisoft

Best Student Film
After School, Junyi Xiao
Dead Over Heels, Jose Matheu
El Coyote
, Javier Barboza
Frog’s Legs, Katie Tamboer
My Big Brother, Jason Rayner
Tiny Nomad
, Toniko Pantoja

ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
James Jackson, Lucas Janin, Tobin Jones, Baptiste Van Opstal, Jason Mayer
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, DreamWorks Animation
Fangwei Lee, Krzysztof Rost, Jihyun Yoon, Robert Chen
Penguins of Madagascar
, DreamWorks Animation
Mitul Patel, Nicolas Delbecq, Santosh Khedkar, Yash Argawal
The Book of Life, Reel FX
Augusto Schillaci, Erich Turner, Bill Konersman, Chris Rasch, Joseph Burnette
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Rick Sevy, Peter Vickery, Kent Estep, Peter Stuart, Ralph Procida
The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Christian Epunan Hernandez, Danielle Brooks, Raphael Gadot

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Edge of Tomorrow, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist
Noah, Industrial Light & Magic
Raul Essig, Karin Cooper, Rick Hankins, Owen Calouro
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Charles-Felix Chabert, Daniel La Chapelle, Spencer Lueders, Klaus Seitschek, Chris Messineo
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Digital
Areito Echevarria, Andreas Soderstrom, Ronnie Menahem, Christoph Sprenger, Kevin Romond
Transformers: Age of Extinction, Industrial Light & Magic
Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Rick Hankins, John Hansen
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Digital Domain
Jeremy Hampton, Daniel Stern, Edmond Smith III, Hiroshi Tsubokawa, Daniel Jenkins

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios
Don Crum
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios
Carlo Vogele
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios
Ken Kim
Tumble Leaf, Amazon Studios
Michael Granberry
Tumble Leaf, Amazon Studios
Teresa Drilling
Wander Over Yonder, Disney Television Animation
Justin Nichols

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
How to Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation
Fabio Lignini
How to Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation
Steven “Shaggy” Hornby
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
Thomas Grummt
Penguins of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation
Ravi Kamble
The Boxtrolls, Focus Features/Laika
Travis Knight
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Malcolm Lamont
The Boxtrolls, Focus Features
Jason Stalman

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
, Weta Digital
Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic
Guardians of the Galaxy, Framestore
Kevin Spruce, Dale Newton, Sidney Kombo, Chris Mullins, Brad Silby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Digital
Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Andreja Vuckovic, Guillaume Francois, Gios Johnston

Outstanding Achivement for Character Animation in a Video Game
Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft
Mike Mennillo
Don’t Starve: Console Edition, Klei Entertainment Inc.
Child Of Light, Ubisoft
Alex Drouin

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Andy Suriano
Wander Over Yonder, Disney Television Animation
Benjamin Balistreri
Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Zac Gorman

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Big Hero 6
, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Shiyoon Kim, Jin Kim
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, DreamWorks Animation
Timothy Lamb, Joe Moshier
Penguins of Madagascar
, DreamWorks Animation
Craig Kellman, Joe Moshier, Stevie Lewis, Todd Kurosawa
Rio 2, Blue Sky Studios
Sang Jun Lee, Jason Sadler, José Manuel Fernandez Oli
Song of the Sea, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Tomm Moore, Marie Thorhauge, Sandra Anderson, Rosa Ballester Cabo
The Book of Life, Reel FX
Paul Sullivan, Sandra Equihua, Jorge R. Gutierrez
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Mike Smith

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Adventure Time
, Cartoon Network
Yuasa Masaaki, Eunyoung Choi
Archer
, FX Networks
Bryan Fordney
Bob’s Burgers
, Bento Box Entertainment
Jennifer Coyle & Bernard Derriman
Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Aaron Springer
Gravity Falls
, Disney Television Animation
Rob Renzetti
Over The Garden Wall, Cartoon Network
Robert Alvarez, Ken Bruce, Larry Leichliter
The Simpsons
, The Simpsons
Matthew Nastuk
Wander Over Yonder, Disney Television Animation
David Thomas

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Big Hero 6
, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Don Hall & Chris Williams
Cheatin’
, Plymptoons Studio
Bill Plympton
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
Dean DeBlois
Song of the Sea
, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Tomm Moore
The Book of Life
, Reel FX
Jorge R. Gutierrez
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable
The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Directors; Chris McKay, Co-Director
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
, GKIDS/Studio Ghibli
Isao Takahata

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Christopher Willis
Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Peter Lurye, George Gabriel, Chris Gifford
Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
, Jam
Jay Vincent, Michael Kramer, Jeppe Riddervold, Erin Chapman
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble
, Dynamic Music Partners
Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter & Michael McCuistion
Tumble Leaf
, Amazon Studios
Nathan Barr & Lisbeth Scott

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production
Cheatin’, Plymptoons Studio
Nicole Renaud, Composer
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
John Powell, Jónsi
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
, DreamWorks Animation
Danny Elfman
Song of the Sea
, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Bruno Coulais & Kila
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
, GKIDS/Studio Ghibli
Joe Hisaishi

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
, Voyager Pictures LLC
Kara Vallow, Brent Woods, Lucas Gray & Andrew Brandou
Disney Mickey Mouse
, Disney Television Animation
Joseph Holt
Mickey Shorts
, Disney
Narina Sokolova
The Powerpuff Girls, Cartoon Network
Kevin Dart, Chris Turnham, Jasmin Lai & Elle Michalka
Turbo FAST, DreamWorks Animation
Antonio Canobbio, Khang Le, Mark Taihei, Howard Chen & Brandon Cuellar
Wander Over Yonder
, Disney Television Animation
Alex Kirwan, Chris Tsirigotis, Alexander Duckworth, Janice Kubo & Francis Giglio
Zack & Quack, Zodiak Kids
Erez Gavish

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
, DreamWorks Animation
David James, Ruben Perez, Priscilla Wong, Timothy Lamb & Alexandre Puvilland
Song of the Sea, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Adrien Merigeau
The Book of Life
, Reel FX
Simon Varela & Paul Sullivan
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure & August Hall
The LEGO Movie
, Warner Bros. Pictures
Grant Freckelton

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Heiko Drengenberg
Gravity Falls, Disney Television Animation
Luke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve Heneveld
Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Joaquim Dos Santos
Star Wars Rebels, Disney Channel / Disney XD
Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace
The Simpsons
, Film Roman
Brad Ableson, Matthew Faughnan & Stephen Reis
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios
Louise Smythe
Wander Over Yonder, Disney Television Animation
Mark Ackland

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Marc E. Smith
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
Truong “Tron” Son Mai
Planes: Fire & Rescue
, Disneytoon Studios
Piero Peluso
Rio 2
, Blue Sky Studios
John Hurst
Rio 2
, Blue Sky Studios
Rodrigo Castro
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features
Julian Nariño
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Emanuela Cozzi

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
, Disney Television Animation
Bill Farmer as the voices of Goofy and Grandma
Fairly Oddparents, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Carlos Alazaraqui as the voice of Crocker
Robot Chicken
, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Seth Green as the voice of Robot Chicken Nerd

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Henry & Me
, Reveal Animation Studios
Cyndi Lauper as the voice of Nurse Cyndi
Rio 2, Blue Sky Studios
Andy Garcia as the voice of Eduardo
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher
The Boxtrolls, Focus Features/Laika
Dee Bradley Baker as the voice of Fish

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
, Disney Television Animation
Darrick Bachman
The Powerpuff Girls
, Cartoon Network
Dave Tennant, David P. Smith, Chris Mitchell & Will Mata
The Simpsons
, 20th Century Fox
Rob LaZebnik
The Simpsons, 20th Century Fox
Tim Long
Toy Story That Time Forgot, Pixar Animation Studios
Steve Purcell

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Big Hero 6
, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson & Jordan Roberts
How to Train Your Dragon 2
, DreamWorks Animation
Dean DeBlois
Song of the Sea, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Will Collins
The Boxtrolls
, Focus Features/Laika
Irena Brignull & Adam Pava
The Lego Movie
, Warner Bros. Pictures
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
, Disney Television Animation
Illya Owens
Dragons: Defenders of Berk
, DreamWorks Animation Television
Ernesto Matamoros
Family Guy
, Super 78
Mike Elias
Toy Story That Time Forgot
, Pixar Animation Studios
David Suther, Bradley Furnish & David Condolora
Turbo FAST, DreamWorks Animation
Todd Raleigh & Doug Vito

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Tim Mertens
How to Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation
John K. Carr
Planes: Fire & Rescue, Disneytoon Studios
Dan Molina, Mark Keefer & Karen Hathaway
Song of the Sea
, GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon
Darragh Byrne
The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. Pictures
David Burrows, Todd Hansen, Doug Nicholas, Jonathan Tappin & Courtney O’Brien-Brown

 

 

Wall Street isn’t playing well for DreamWorks this year. Ever since sequel syndrome first hit the box office back in 2011, Peabody and Sherman and Turbo flopped due much in part to Lionsgate’s Hunger Games saga as well as Disney’s and Universal’s franchises. In short, the big 3 entertainment companies are swashbuckling the animated company by getting all the treasured booty for themselves.

 

This week, Wall Street’s still bearish on DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar which placed 2nd in the box office. Like Peabody and Sherman and Turbo, it raised some red flags on stiff sword fighting from the Gate, the Globe and the Mouse plus many other franchisees’ who are still challenged to go up against the animated company’s past franchises such as the Shrek and Madagascar movies. History hasn’t gone well with DreamWorks so far. Lionsgate’s Hunger Games Catching Fire scored 158 million smackers in 2011 which ultimately exposed DreamWorks’ weakness of keeping a movie franchise going, and it could prove to be the same again for Mocking Jay Part 1. How bad is DreamWorks now Stan, are investors saying that Team Skipper should walk the plank?

 

Stan Jennings Fish (via CNN Money)- Apparently not even dancing penguins can stop the bleeding at DreamWorks Animation.

Shares of DreamWorks (DWA) plunged 8% Monday morning following a terrible weekend at the box office for its latest movie “Penguins of Madagascar.”

 

The animated film about four penguins trying to stop an octopus villain from taking over the world generated just $36 million in U.S. revenue over the five-day holiday weekend, according to Rentrak. That’s barely half the amount analysts had been banking on.

The poor showing is sparking fears DreamWorks will book a loss on the film. It’s also raising broader questions about the studio’s inability to recreate the blockbuster success of its Shrek franchise.

“Growing pressure on the film’s top line and elevated costs mean every new release is a potential write-down,” Sterne Agee analyst Vasily Karasyov wrote in a note to clients on Monday that reiterated the firm’s “underperform” rating.

Karasyov said the weak film opening highlights the “serious challenges” facing DreamWorks Animation’s business model.

DreamWorks is grappling with major competition on the animation front from Walt Disney’s (DIS) Pixar studio as well as Universal’s “Despicable Me” franchise and the Warner Bros. Lego movie. (Warner Bros. is owned by CNNMoney parent Time Warner (TWX)).

The struggles to create successful original films means DreamWorks is generating intellectual property “with relatively limited appeal and therefore limited monetization opportunity,” Karasyov said.

Even hit franchises created by DreamWorks face headwinds. The studio’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” is slated to debut around the same time in December 2015 as Disney’s hugely-anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Buyout hopes dashed? All of these concerns explain why DreamWorks shares have plunged 38% to $22 so far this year.

FBR Capital Markets downgraded the stock to “underperform” on Monday. The firm warned DreamWorks could tumble to $14 due to competitive threats and franchise fatigue.

Don’t bank on this movie having a happy ending created by a rival swooping in with a buyout offer.

“Potential acquirers could be put off by uneven film performance and valuation expectations of controlling shareholder Jeffrey Katzenberg,” FBR analyst Barton Crockett warned.

Maybe DreamWorks can create its own undercover inter-species taskforce like the “North Wind” in the “Penguins of Madagascar” to turn things around?

 

 

Hmm, that’s highly unlikely at the point. If Wall Street calculations are right, then Team Skipper will get scuttled and the box office will get slammed hard, as The Hunger Games saga continues to dominate. Even worse, this will keelhaul Jeffery Katzenberg’s chances of keeping and creating a movie franchise intact after cutting their workforce this year.

 

 

Teen Nick bucked the holiday trend last year after hard scheduling changes made since Halloween prevented them showing their classic Nick shows. The network’s back in circulation as it makes up for lost time. Who’s coming to this year’s Christmas party Dan?

 

 

Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- After doing nothing last year (ever since Halloween), TeenNick’s The ‘90s Are All That block will celebrate Christmas with four nights of classic Nick episodes.

Starting Monday, December 22 at midnight, each night will feature two hours of specials, with a repeat afterwards. The night-by-night schedule follows:

Monday, December 22
12:00am/2:00am Hey Arnold! “Arnold’s Christmas”
12:30am/2:30am The Wild Thornberrys “Have Yourself A Thornberry Little Christmas”
1:00am/3:00am Rugrats “Angelica Orders Out / Let It Snow”
1:30am/3:30am Kenan & Kel “Merry Christmas, Kenan”

Tuesday, December 23
12:00am/2:00am Rocket Power “A Rocket X-Mas”
12:30am/2:30am Aaahh!!! Real Monsters “Monsters Don’t Dance / Gone Shopp’n”
1:00am/3:00am Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story”
1:30am/3:30am The Secret World of Alex Mack “The Gift”

Wednesday, December 24
12:00am/2:00am CatDog “A Very CatDog Christmas”
12:30am/2:30am The Ren & Stimpy Show “A Scooter for Yaksmas”
1:00am/3:00am Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas”
1:30am/3:30am All That “Episode 225: Christmas”

Thursday, December 25
12:00am/2:00am Rugrats “Babies in Toyland (1)”
12:30am/2:30am Rugrats “Babies in Toyland (2)”
1:00am/3:00am Rugrats “The Santa Experience”
1:30am/3:30am Rugrats “Angelica Orders Out / Let It Snow”

 

 

The Penguins tally is currently at 2,021 as Wall Street cuts the celebration short as a bunch of bad news advises Team Skipper to take extreme measures should more actions from the Street be taken.

 

 

We’re right into December as the holiday season is in progress. Here’s what to look for this month:

 

 

12/2/2014
 
Kids for Cash
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Congress
As Above, So Below

12/9/2014
 
Dolphin Tale 2
When the Game Stands Tall
Guardians of the Galaxy
Finding Joy

12/16/2014
 
Spark: A Burning Man Story
The Devil’s Hand
Magic in the Moonlight
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Maze Runner

12/30/2014
 
Tusk

 

 

We’re currently in the holiday spirit of things this month folks. What will some merry surprises bring for us? Find out in our next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!

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