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2017 Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia’ Sweeps Top Honors

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2017 Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia’ Sweeps Top Honors

The 44th Annie Awards were held Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall, toasting the best in animation with a gala ceremony complete with Red Carpet arrivals and presenters with star power.

This year’s biggest winner was Disney’s Zootopia with six awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature; with LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Google Spotlight Stories short Pearl each scoring three.

Animation Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom McLean live blogged the action (including appearances by Winsor McCay recipients Mamoru Oshii, Caroline Leaf and Dale Baer) on our social media feeds, so we’ll just run down the winners for you here.

Congratulations to all this year’s award recipients and their worthy competition!

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Feature – Independent

  • The Red Turtle – Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions

Best Animated Special Production

  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Piper – Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

  • Loteria ‘Night Shift’ – Passion Pictures Ltd

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

  • Tumble Leaf “Mighty Mud Movers / Having a Ball” – Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

  • Adventure Time “Bad Jubies” – Bix Pix Entertainment Cartoon Network Frederator Studios

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” – Bento Box Entertainment

Best Student Film

  • Citipati – Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Head of Effects Animation: Marlon West, Effects Lead: Erin V. Ramos, Effects Lead: Blair Pierpont, Foundation Effects Lead: Ian J. Coony, Effects Lead: John M. Kosnik

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • Doctor Strange “Mirror Dimension” – Marvel Studios

FX Supervisor: Georg Kaltenbrunner, Digital Artist: Michael Marcuzzi, Digital Artist: Thomas Bevan, Digital Artist: Andrew Graham, Digital Artist: Jihyun Yoon

Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters “Becoming, Part 1” – DreamWorks Animation Television

Character Animator: Mike Chaffe Characters: Blinky, Aaarrrgghh!!

Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA

Animator: Jan Maas

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • The Jungle Book – Walt Disney Pictures

Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones, Animation Supervisor: Peta Bayley, Animation Supervisor: Gabriele Zucchelli, Character Supervisor: Benjamin Jones

Character Animation in a Video Game

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog

Lead Animators: Jeremy Yates, Almudena Soria, Eric Baldwin, Paul Davies, Tom Bland

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters “Win, Lose or Draal” – DreamWorks Animation Television

Character Designers: Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres, Jules Rigolle

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Designer: Cory Loftis

Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Director: Patrick Osborne

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Composer: Scot Stafford, Composer/Lyricist: Alexis Harte, Composer/Lyricist: JJ Wiesler

Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • The Little Prince – Netflix and On Animation Studios

Composer: Hans Zimmer, Composer: Richard Harvey, Composer/Lyricist: Camille

Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Pearl Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Production Design: Tuna Bora

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA

Production Designers: Nelson Lowry, Trevor Dalmer, August Hall, Ean McNamara

Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • DreamWorks Trollhunters “Win, Lose or Draal” – DreamWorks Animation Television

Storyboard Artist: Hyunjoo Song

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Storyboard Artist: Dean Wellins

Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show “Ponce de León” – DreamWorks Animation Television

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui as Ponce de León

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production [TIE]

  • Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voice Actress: Auli’i Cravalho as Moana

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voice Actor: Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde

Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers “The Hormone-iums” – Bento Box Entertainment

Writers: Lizzie Molyneux, Wendy Molyneux

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writers: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston

Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Disney Mickey Mouse “Sock Burglar” – Disney Television Animation

Lead Editor: Illya Owens

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA

Edited By: Christopher Murrie

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award – for their career contributions to the art of animation

  • Dale Baer
  • Caroline Leaf
  • Mamoru Oshii

Ub Iwerks Award – for technical advancement in the art of animation

  • Google Spotlight’s Virtual Reality Platform

Special Achievement Award

  • Life, Animated

June Foray Award – for their significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation

  • Bill & Sue Kroyer

Certificate of Merit

  • Leslie Ezeh
  • Gary Perkovac
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