Happy Feet, South Park Make AFI List

The American Film Institute has released its annual top 10 list, naming just two animated productions among the mix of film and television favorites. Of the 16 animated features released this year, only Warner Bros.’s Happy Feet made the cut, while Comedy Central’s long-running South Park stands as the lone toon in the Television category.

Happy Feet is in good company, earning a spot along with Paramount Vantage’s Babel, 20th Century Fox’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan and The Devil Wears Prada, DreamWorks/Paramount’s Dreamgirls, ThinkFilm’s Half Nelson, Universal’s United 93 and Inside Man, Warner Bros.’ Letters from Iwo Jima and Fox Searchlight’s Little Miss Sunshine.

On TV, South Park stands alongside SCI FI Channel’s Battlestar Galactica, Showtime’s Dexter, Fox’s 24, HBO’s Elizabeth I and The Wire, and the NBC series Friday Night Lights, Heroes, The Office and The West Wing.

The AFI Awards 2006 selections were made through AFI’s 13-person jury process in which scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees convened in Los Angeles, Calif., to discuss the most outstanding achievements of the year. AFI will honor the creative ensembles behind each of the selections at a luncheon, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. For each of 20 the film and TV productions named above, HP has created scholarships to the AFI Conservatory, which offers advance training for the next generation of storytellers.