Pixar’s Up Takes Home Gold at the 37th Annual Annie Awards


Last year the Annie Awards caused quite a stir when Kung Fu Panda swept Wall-E in every category. Of course, Wall-E still went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it’s interesting to note that this year, with so many great animated movies to choose from, the Annies decided to go back and honour Pixar’s Up with their top prize. Needless to say, Up is now a heavy favourite at the Oscars (if it wasn’t already), but how did the other categories shake down for the Annie Awards?

Pete Docter also received the award for Directing, but it was The Princess and the Frog and Coraline that split many of the other categories. Personally I was just pleased to see Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach pick up the Writing award for Fantastic Mr. Fox. After the jump, you can see all of the feature film categories with the winners denoted in bold. For a full list of nominees, including television productions, visit the Annie Awards official website.

Best Animated Feature

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up

Best Home Entertainment Production

  • Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder
  • Green Latern: First Flight
  • Open Season 2
  • SpongeBob vs. The Big One

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Pups of Liberty
  • Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5
  • Santa, The Fascist Years
  • The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky
  • The Story of Walls

Animated Effects

  • Scott Cegielski — “Monsters vs. Aliens”
  • Alexander — Feigin “9”
  • Eric Froemling — “Up”
  • Tom Kluyskens — “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
  • James Mansfield — “The Princess and the Frog”

Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Andreas Deja — “The Princess and the Frog”
  • Eric Goldberg — “The Princess and the Frog”
  • Travis Knight — “Coraline”
  • Daniel Nguyen — “Up”
  • Bruce Smith — “The Princess and the Frog”

Character Design in a Feature Production

  • Daniel Lopez Munoz — “Up”
  • Shane Prigmore — “Coraline”
  • Shannon Tindle — “Coraline”

Directing in a Feature Production

  • Wes Anderson — “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • Pete Docter — “Up”
  • Christopher Miller, Phil Lord — “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
  • Hayao Miyazaki — “Ponyo”
  • Henry Selick — “Coraline”

Music in a Feature Production

  • Bruno Coulais — “Coraline”
  • Michael Giacchino — “Up”
  • Joe Hisaishi — “Ponyo”
  • John Powell — “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”

Production Design in a Feature Production

  • Christopher Appelhans — “Coraline”
  • Ian Gooding — “The Princess and the Frog”
  • Tadahiro Uesugi — “Coraline”
  • Christophe Vacher — “9”

Storyboarding in a Feature Production

  • Sharon Bridgeman — “Astro Boy”
  • Chris Butler — “Coraline”
  • Ronnie Del Carmen — “Up”
  • Tom Owens — “Monsters vs. Aliens”
  • Peter Sohn — “Up”

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

  • Jen Cody – Voice of Charlotte – “The Princess and the Frog”
  • Dawn French – Voice of Miss Forcible – “Coraline”
  • Hugh Laurie – Voice of Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. – “Monsters vs. Aliens”
  • John Leguizamo – Voice of Sid – “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
  • Jenifer Lewis – Voice of Mama Odie – “The Princess and the Frog”

Writing in a Feature Production

  • Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy – “Up”
  • Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers – “Astro Boy”
  • Christopher Miller and Phil Lord – “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”

  • Nate

    I don’t mean to be living in the past, but man, last year’s awards were awful. They didn’t even nominate WALL-E for writing (while Madagascar 2 and Horton Hears A Who got a nod) music, or character design and then they gave Kung Fu Panda awards over WALL-E for production design, character animation and animated effects. Are you kidding me? Kung Fu Panda is a fun movie, but to say it is technically superior to WALL-E in any of those last three categories is ridiculous. Also, telling a compelling story that has great characters in which there is no dialog for the first 30 minutes and where the main characters never speak is an achievement in writing. To not even nominate WALL-E for this category is a credibility killer in my eyes.

    As for this year, whatever. This was a golden year for animated films and it’s good to see all of them get some love. My heart is with you, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

  • fuckingshit

    What a stupid review. Not only does it lack of good nominations (WHERE THE FUCK WAS MARY & MAX!?!!!?), but it also give the prize to the least deserving nomanees.

  • fuckingshit

    Sorry mistake. Didn’t meen stupid review, but stupid award thingy…

  • swarez

    Can’t believe how Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs gets the short end of the stick. A great movie with amazing animation and fantastic look.