DreamWorks Dragons 2 earns 6 Annie’s, Disney Channel earns multiple Annie’s for TV; Kristine Belson named president of Sony Pictures Animation; Valentine’s day episodes air on Nicktoons on Valentine’s Day

 

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

 

 

There’s a big winner at the 2015 Annie’s last week as animation dominated on the big and small screen. Who won big time Johnny?

 

 

Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 won big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards, collecting six awards including best animated feature and best director for its writer-director Dean DeBlois.

Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie — which earned the PGA Award last weekend but was snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced — won one Annie, which was awarded to its writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for writing.

In addition to best animated feature and director, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was honored for character animation, editing, music and storyboarding.

Accepting the directing award, DeBlois said “a director is only as good as the team,” as he thanked the 400 artists who worked on the film.

Referring to DWA’s recent announcement of a planned restructuring that would include 500 layoffs, he added, “We had a tough week but moments like this we get to celebrate the work.”

Added DeBlois: “Animation is speaking to a broader and broader audience and I’m happy to be a part of that progress.”

Also in the feature categories, Focus and Laika’s The Boxtrolls won a pair of awards, for production design and voice acting. The later went to Ben Kingsley for his role as Archibald Snatcher.

 

 

Disney’s Big Hero 6 won a trophy for animated effects, and Fox’s The Book of Life received an award for character design.

How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls and Big Hero 6 are nominated for the Oscar for best animated feature, along with Annie nominees Song of the Sea from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, both of which were distributed by GKIDS.

Also at the Annie’s, held Saturday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall, best animated short subject was awarded to Disney’s Oscar nominee Feast. Another Oscar nominee, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, won an Annie for character animation in a live action feature.

In television categories, Disney Mickey Mouse earned five trophies including for best direction. The Simpsons was named best animated TV production.

During the ceremony, Winsor McCay lifetime achievement awards were presented to producers Didier Brunner and Lee Mendelson, and animator Don Lusk; the June Foray benevolent service award was given to author and critic Charles Solomon; the Ub Iwerks technical achievement award recognized DWA’s Apollo software and a Special Achievement Award honored the Walt Disney Family Museum.

A complete list of winners follows.

Best Student Film

Jason Rayner — My Big Brother — Savannah College of Art and Design

Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Joaquim Dos Santos — Legend of Korra, Venom of the Red Lotus
— Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Truong “Tron” Son Mai — How to Train Your Dragon 2
— DreamWorks Animation

Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Illya Owens —  Disney Mickey Mouse —
Disney Television Animation

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

John K. Carr — How to Train Your Dragon 2 — DreamWorks Animation

Best Video Game

‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ — Ubisoft

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Benjamin Balistreri — Wander Over Yonder — Disney Television Animation

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Paul Sullivan, Sandra Equihua, Jorge R. Gutierrez — The Book of Life —
Reel FX

Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Christopher Willis — Disney Mickey Mouse
— Disney Television Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production

John Powell, Jónsi — How to Train Your Dragon 2 — DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik — Big Hero 6
— Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist — Edge of Tomorrow — Sony Pictures Imageworks

Best Animated Short Subject

Feast —
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Weta Digital

Character Animation in a Video Game

Mike Mennillo — ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ — Ubisoft

Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Justin Nichols — Wander Over Yonder — Disney Television Animation

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

Fabio Lignini — How to Train Your Dragon 2 — DreamWorks Animation

Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Narina Sokolova — Mickey Shorts
— Disney

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure, August Hall — The Boxtrolls’
— Focus Features/Laika

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — Voyager Pictures LLC

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial

Flight of the Stories – Aardman Animations

Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy and Grandma — Disney Mickey Mouse —
Disney Television Animation

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher — The Boxtrolls — Focus Features/Laika

Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Darrick Bachman — Disney Mickey Mouse — Disney Television Animation

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller — The Lego Movie — Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children

Tumble Leaf — Amazon Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for a Children’s Audience

Gravity Falls
— Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production

The Simpsons —
Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Aaron Springer — Disney Mickey Mouse
— Disney Television Animation

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Dean DeBlois — How to Train Your Dragon 2 — DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon 2
— DreamWorks Animation

 

There were big changes at Sony Pictures’ animation department last week as Michelle Kouvate resigned as president of the animation board. 3 weeks later, a successor was found. Who’s the new pres. Jim?

 

Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)-  Kristine Belson has been named the new president of Sony Pictures Animation.

The move comes just days after Michelle Raimo Kouyate announced she was stepped down from her position as production president and transitioning to a first-look producing deal with the studio.

Belson, who produced the DreamWorks Animation hit The Croods, will lead the development and production of original material as well as current and future franchises, focusing on creating an environment that nurtures animators and artists.

She will report directly to Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

The move is a shake-up in SPA’s structure as Kouyate, who ran the division, reported to Bob Osher, the president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Osher is still the head of SPDP but SPA is now under Pascal’s purview.

Belson spent the last decade at DWA, joining the company as head of development in 2005. She executive produced How to Train Your Dragon and was nominated for a best animated feature Oscar for The Croods.

SPA has lagged behind other studios in attracting name creative talent for some of their projects, and Belson’s hire is seen as a way to rectify that.

Said Pascal: “Kristine is a visionary who will make our animation studio a home where the animation industry’s best talent can come and make the films they want to make.”

 

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, every toon is finding their secret admirers to love and cherish for a long time. With many of our classic Nicktoons participating Dan, who gets the first crack of making their secret crush?

 

 

Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- This Valentine’s Day, Nicktoons will air five hours of love-themed episodes in their “Crushing It Valentine’s Day” marathon. Kicking off the event will be three premiere episodes, one each for T.U.F.F. Puppy, The Penguins of Madagascar and Robot and Monster.

Following the marathon, six T.U.F.F. Puppy episodes will remain to be seen. Four episodes of Penguins will also be left to air, as will one episode of Robot and Monster.

 

 

The schedule for Saturday, Feb. 14 follows:

2:00PM T.U.F.F. Puppy – “TUFF Love / Soar Loser” (NEW)
2:30PM The Penguins of Madagascar – “Love Takes Flightless / Tunnel of Love” (HALF-NEW)
3:00PM Robot and Monster – “J.D. Loves Gart / Misery Date” (NEW)
3:30PM T.U.F.F. Puppy – “Love Bird / Girlfriend or Foe”
4:00PM Danny Phantom – “Prisoners of Love”
4:30PM Danny Phantom – “Lucky in Love”
5:00PM Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – “Hometown Hero”
5:30PM Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – “Secret Admirer”
6:00PM El Tigre – “Love and War / Moustache Love”
6:30PM Jimmy Neutron – “Love Potion #976/J”

 

Checking the Penguins tally, 1,932 fans sign in as Team Skipper’s counterpart Team Hiccup crushed the competition by winning 6 Annie’s last week.

 

 

And speaking of crushes, here’s the list of this month’s DVD’s you’re sure you’re going to love:

 

2/3/2015
 
The Best of Me
Ouija
John Wick
Dear White People
Dracula Untold
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Coffee Town

2/10/2015
 
Rosewater
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Nightcrawler
Kill the Messenger
Laggies
Addicted

2/17/2015
 
The Homesman
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
St. Vincent
Dumb and Dumber To
Life Itself
Terms and Conditions May Apply

2/24/2015
 
Whiplash
Big Hero 6
Horrible Bosses 2
Beyond the Lights

 

 

February’s just getting started folks. We’ll be sure to bring you this months V-Day marathons for you or your favorite friend. Be sure to be here next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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