PGA Nominates Toons

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the nominees for its 2006 awards ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. Recognizing films released in 2005, the kudo fest has added an animated motion picture category and has placed five productions in the running.

The nominees for Best Animated Motion Picture are Disney’s Chicken Little (producer Randy Fullmer), DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar (Mireille Soria), Fox Animation’s Robots, (Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce), Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Tim Burton, Allison Abbate) and DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations’ Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Credits are pending arbitration).

The PGA didn’t have an animated category last year, but one CG feature managed to earn a spot in the race for the top award. Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, produced by John Walker and exec produced by John Lasseter, was up for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award, going up against such live-action heavy hitters as The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby and Sideways.

The 2006 PGA Awards will also fete long-form, episodic drama, episodic comedy, non-fiction and variety television productions. Voting is now open to PGA members and will close on Jan. 20. To see the full list of nomnees, go to www.producersguild.org/pg/awards_a/.