Animated Fare Racks Up Sound Editors’ Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced the nominations for the Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best work in various areas of sound editing in features, television and DVD.

Eight films were nominated for the Golden Reel for best animated film: Bolt, Fear(s) of the Dark, Horton Hears A Who!, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, The Tale of Desperaux, Waltz with Bashir, and WALL’E.

The MPSE also nominated eight programs for the Golden Reel for best sound editing in television animation. The nominated programs are: Avatar: The Last Airbender, ‘Sozin’s Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang’; The Batman, ‘Lost Heroes: Part Two’; Family Guy, ‘Road to Germany’; The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, ‘Kid Nickles’; Mighty B, ‘Bee Patients’; The Penguins of Madagascar, ‘Gone in a Flash’; SpongeBob SquarePants, ‘Suction Cup Symphony’; and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ‘Lair of Grievous.’

Animation also was represented in the direct to DVD category, with five films vying for the honor. The animated entries are Batman: Gotham Knight, Futurama: Bender’s Game and Justice League: The New Frontier. The other nominees are Weirdsville and Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control.

Additionally, the MPSE will bestow a lifetime achievement award on Ben Burtt, whose work extends from designing sounds for the original Star Wars, to supervising the sound editing and performing the voice of the lead the character in Pixar’s WALL’E.

The winners will be announced Feb. 21.