Cornerstone Animates For Annie Awards

At the 30th Annual Annie Awards to be held this Saturday, Cornerstone Animation co-founder Larry Whitaker will get a little help from a four-legged friend in presenting the award for Individual Achievement in an Animated Film. Cornerstone has produced all-new animation featuring the studio’s mascot, Jupiter, specifically for the awards ceremony.

“ASIFA has wanted for years to have an animated presenter and they have had one from time to time, but they want to start making it a tradition,” says Whittaker. “I believe this is one of the first times that they’ve ever had an animated character give an animated award.”

Cornerstone president/CEO Jason Van Borssum shared a little of what we can expect from Jupiter at the event. “He comes in, his typical smart-ass canine self. Larry reminds him it’s a black tie event, so he zips off screen and comes back wearing a tuxedo.” He adds, “There’s some snappy banter between them and it should be fun.”

Using Digicel as the primary tool, Cornerstone worked for about five weeks off and on with a small crew to produce around a minute and ten seconds of animation. At the time of this reporting, the team is still hard at work on the ink and paint so that Jupiter will be ready for his big debut this weekend.

The Annie Awards will be held on Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. A champagne reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $35 for members and $50 for non-members. To purchase tickets and to see a full list of nominees, visit www.annieawards.org.