Welcome to the Annie’s results edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Off of their big win at the ACE Awards last week, Inside Out scored big time at the Annie’s last Sunday as the Feelings team were on the verge of topping animation domination during Awards season. How many Annie’s did they get Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Pixar Animation Studios was the big winner at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards, Saturday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Inside Out received Best Animated Feature along with 11 other categories, including Outstanding Music — Michael Giacchino; Outstanding Editing — Kevin Nolting; Outstanding Production Design — Ralph Eggleston; Outstanding Voice Acting — Phyllis Smith as “Sadness”; Outstanding Writing — Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; and Best Directing — Pete Docter. This year was the first for the new category Best Animated Feature-Independent with Filme de Papel’s Boy and the World taking this top honor.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to He Named Me Malala (Parkes-MacDonald/Little Door); Best Animated Short Subject World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Man and Dog (Psyop); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Tumble Leaf — Mirror (Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children Wander Over Yonder — The Breakfast (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for a General Audience The Simpsons — Halloween of Horror (Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television); Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production: The Revenant — The Bear (Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment; and Best Student Film ed (Sheridan College — Taha Neyestani).
The Annies are drawing more attention from both our industry and the general motion picture industry,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We wait all year for this event and it never disappoints! It was a fun evening looking back at our history and celebrating what we have accomplished over this past year.”
Presenting the coveted Annie trophies this year were actor, producer & director Edward James Olmos with actress Rita Moreno; actor & writer Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) with actress Laraine Newman (Dawn Of The Croods); actors Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller (“Linus and Lucy” from The Peanuts Movie) & Snoopy via Video; actress Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers), composer Christophe Beck (Frozen); Phyllis Smith (voice of Sadness from Inside Out) with Bing Bong (Richard Kind) via video; Anomalisa co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, John Musker and ASIFA-Hollywood President, Jerry Beck and Executive Director, Frank Gladstone.
This year’s Juried Award recipients included Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award — Joe Ranft (posthumously), Phil Roman and Isao Takahata. The Winsor McCay Award is one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. Don Hahn was this year’s June Foray award recipient which honors an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.
The full list of winners at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards is shown below:
Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Best Animated Special Production:
He Named Me Malala — Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door
Best Animated Short Subject
Don Hertzfeldt — World of Tomorrow
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial:
Man and Dog — Psyop
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children:
Tumble Leaf — Episode: Mirror — Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children:
Wander Over Yonder — Episode: The Breakfast — Disney Television Animation
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for a General Audience:
The Simpsons — Episode: Halloween of Horror — Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
Best Animated Feature — Independent:
Boy and the World — Filme de Papel
Best Student Film
ed — Taha Neyestani, Sheridan College
Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production:
Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall — The Good Dinosaur — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:
Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Florent Andorra and Georg Kaltenbrunner — Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron — Sokovia Destruction — Marvel Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Television/Broadcast Production:
Chi-Ho Chan — Dragons: Race to the Edge — Episode: “Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1” — DreamWorks Animation Television
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Feature Production:
Allison Rutland — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production:
Matthew Shumway, Adrian Millington, Blaine Toderian, Alexander Poei and Kevin Lan — The Revenant — The Bear (Judy) — Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game:
David Gibson — Evolve — 2K Games
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in a TV/Broadcast Production:
Craig Kellman — Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas — Screen Novelties and Warner Bros. Animation
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Albert Lozano and Chris Sasaki — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Matt Braly — Gravity Falls — Episode: Northwest Mansion Mystery — Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production:
Pete Docter — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Music in a TV/Broadcast Production:
Christopher Willis — Disney Mickey Mouse — Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! — Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Kevin Dart, Sylvia Liu, Chris Turnham and Eastwood Wong — The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show — Episode: “Peabody’s Parents/Galileo” — DreamWorks Animation Television
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Ralph Eggleston — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a TV/Broadcast Production:
Alonso Ramirez Ramos — Disney Mickey Mouse — Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! — Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production:
Tony Rosenast — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:
Phyllis Smith — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Steven Davis and Kelvin Yu — Bob’s Burgers — Episode: The Hauntening — Twentieth Century Fox Television Bento Box Entertainment
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production:
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in a TV/Broadcast Production:
Illya Owens — Disney Mickey Mouse — Episode: Coned — Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production:
Kevin Nolting — Inside Out — Pixar Animation Studios
Famous author Louise Yates created a collection of award winning books called Dog Loves Books, a collection featuring 2 famous characters Dog and Pug during her time. Now the duo have come to swinging London as they leap towards the small screen as they hit the big time! What are they doing there Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Komixx Media Group, UK based independent media producer and rights owner announced that CBeebies have come on board as the primary broadcaster for Dog Loves Books, an animated series based on the award-winning books by Louise Yates.
Dog Loves Books tells the story of bookshop owner Dog and his best friend Pug. Whenever Dog or Pug have a problem or a question, they look for the answer in one of their beloved books. The fun really begins when Dog opens the book and he and Pug are swept away into a world of adventure and imagination where anything is possible. The series is aimed at 4-6 year olds.
Dog Loves Books has been developed by Komixx’s Head of Development, Melanie Halsall and award-winning screenwriter Alan Gilbey, who will be the head writer on the series.
Jackie Edwards, Executive Producer, CBeebies, commented, “We are delighted to commit to Dog Loves Books, it presents a brilliant opportunity to introduce our audience to literature, we love the way the format quite literally brings books alive in the exciting and exhilarating adventures of Dog and Pug.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take such a lovable picture book and turn it into an exciting adventure series for Cbeebies. The books have been a huge success and we are confident that the series will follow the same pattern,” said Andrew Cole-Bulgin, Joint CEO and Head of Film & Television, Komixx Media Group.
Komixx has a strong track record in selecting and developing IP for the children’s and young adult markets. Dog Loves Books will add to the raft of award-winning content Komixx is currently developing which includes Phillip Kerr’s The Winter Horses; teen novel The Kissing Booth, thriller series ITCH and the Emma Pass Novels The Fearless and Acid.
Gaumont recently made a broadcast deal with their international TV networks on the 1960’s animated live action flick, Belle and Sebastian last week. How did it go Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World) (continued)- Gaumont Television has announced that the company has just finalized a major broadcast deal with ZDF, the leading German public-service television broadcaster, for Belle and Sebastian, its highly anticipated 2D/HD animated series based on an original live-action TV series from the 1960s by Cecile Aubry. Belle and Sebastian is a co-production with Canadian Producer PVP Group. The new deal comes on the heels of other recent sales for this classic, including M6 (France), Piwi+ (France), Radio Canada (Canada), VRT (Belgium), RTBF (Belgium), and RTS (Switzerland). The announcement was made by Pierre Belaïsch, President of Animation.
“Belle and Sebastian features the wonderful friendship of a boy and a dog in a rural area. Their adventures take place far away from big cities in the wild countryside of the Alps. We believe that this is what children of today, who are mostly living in a domestized environment, dream of and really like to see on television,” commented Nicole Keeb, Head of International Co-productions and Acquisitions ZDF. “Belle and Sebastian, with its classical appeal in the best sense, fits perfectly into ZDF’s portfolio, which includes Lassie, Heidi, Wickie, and Robin Hood, among others.”
“From day one, reaction to this project has been extremely positive,” commented Belaïsch. “It is a series filled with humor, adventure, and captures a unique story of friendship. Basically it’s a boy and his extraordinary dog against the world, in a beautiful Alpine setting. We are thrilled to have ZDF onboard.”
1,515 fans are on the board in the Penguins tally as Team Skipper monitors Po’s progress at the box office.
Don’t miss the new episode of Clarence tomorrow night along with Teen Titans Go, and We Bare Bears. And for you vampire fans out there, watch out for Bunnicula’s next move this month as the vampire hare makes his presence known to all animated friends, because you know folks, he might be better than Dracula! No offence Drac. Anyway, see you soon for the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.