The Disney/Pixar blockbuster The Incredibles came out on top as ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society, today announced nominations today for the 32nd Annual Annie Awards. The CG superhero comedy leads the pack with 16 nominations. The winners will be announced at the Jan. 30 awards ceremony hosted by Tom Kenny in Glendale, Calif.
The Incredibles will be vying for the Best Animated Feature, along with Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence from DreamWorks’ Go Fish Pictures, Shrek 2 from DreamWorks Animation and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie from Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures.
Pixar’s latest has also garnered nominations for individual achievements in character design, animated effects, character animation, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice acting (Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone and Brad Bird as Edna Mode) and writing.
DreamWorks Animation is close behind with 14 nominations overall for Shrek 2 and Shark Tale. The return of everyone’s favorite Ogre inspired nods for animated effects, directing, music, storyboarding, voice acting (Antonio Banderas for Puss in Boots) and writing. Shark Tale received its nominations for animated effects, character animation, character design, production design and writing.
In addition to noms its feature counterpart received, the SpongeBob SquarePants series is in the running for Best Animated Television Production. Other nominations in this category include My Life As A Teenage Robot from Frederator/Nickelodeon, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and Star Wars: The Clone Wars from Cartoon Network Studios, and The Batman from Warner Bros. Animation.
While Disney’s 2D swan song, Home on the Range, was shut out of the feature competition, it’s directors, Will Finn and John Sanford, were nominated for Directing in an Animated Feature Production. They go up against Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon and Kelly Ashbury for Shrek 2; Brad Bird for The Incredibles, Stephen Hillenburg for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Mamoru Oshi for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
Up for Directing in an Animated Television Production are The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius helmers Keith Alcorn ("Love Potion #976/3″) and Shaun Cashman and Phil Cummings for “Attack of the Clowns,” as well as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends directors Eric Pringle (“Who Let The Dogs In”) and Brian Sheesley (“Nursery Crimes”). Rounding out the category is Genndy Tartakovsky for Samurai Jack (“Tale of X-49″)
Meanwhile, the race for Best Animated Short Subject will be run by Barley Films’ Agricultural Report, Mark Kausler’s It’s The Cat, Walt Disney Pictures’ Lorenzo, Blur Studio’s Rockfish and Chris Langreth’s Ryan.
In narrowing the field for Best Home Entertainment Production, ASIFA overlooked toy tie-ins such as Barbie and BIONICLE in favor of Warner Bros. Animation’s Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster and a pair from DisneyToon Studios–The Lion King 1-1/2 and Mickey, Donald & Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 21 categories. For a complete list of Annie Award nominations, go to http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/.