Nemo, Brother Bear Lead Annie Noms

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 2003 Annie Awards, placing Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo in the lead with 12 nods including individual achievement categories. Disney’s Brother Bear is a close runner-up with eight nominations. The winners will be announced Feb. 7 at the annual awards ceremony at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif.

In the category of Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature, Nemo and Brother Bear are up against Go Fish Pictures’ Millennium Actress, Sony Pictures Classics’ The Triplets of Belleville and Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes: Back In Action. However, Bear directors Aaron Blais and Robert Walker were left off the Best Director list, which includes Sylvain Chomet for Triplets, Eric Goldberg for Looney Tunes, Satoshi Kon for Actress and Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich for Nemo.

On the television side, Nickelodeon’s My Life as a Teenage Robot from Frederator Inc. leads the pack with five nominations, including nods for directing, production design and voice acting. Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack is close behind with four, including directing, character design and production design. It’s also up for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production, along with Cartoon Network’s Captain Sturdy from Renegade Animation, Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents, Fox’s The Simpsons from Gracie Films and MTV’s Spider-Man Animated Series from Adelaide Prods. Inc.

2003 Annie Award nominations by category

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature

Brother Bear – Walt Disney Pictures

Finding Nemo – Pixar Animation Studios

Looney Tunes: Back In Action – Warner Bros.

Millennium Actress – Go Fish Pictures

Triplets of Belleville – Les Armateurs

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Entertainment Production

101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure – DisneyToon Studios

The Animatrix – Silver Pictures/Warner Home Video

Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Chase Nelvana Limited/Sparkling

Disney’s Stitch! The Movie – Walt Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject

Ananda – Vinton Studios

Boundin - Pixar Animation Studios

Boys Night Out – Barley Films LTD

Destino – Walt Disney Pictures

Nibbles – Acme Filmworks

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Commercial

Bombay “Drift” – Psyop Inc.

Colorado Lottery “Woodcut” – Acme Filmworks

Lamisil: “It’s Alive” – Wild Brain Inc.

Wisconsin Lottery “Casino” – Acme Filmworks

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production

Captain Sturdy – Renegade Animation

The Fairly OddParents – Nickelodeon

Samurai Jack – Cartoon Network Studios

The Simpsons – Gracie Films

Spider-Man Animated Series – Adelaide Productions, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced For Children

ChalkZone – Nickelodeon

Duck Dodgers – Warner Bros. Animation

Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks – Mike Young Productions, Inc.

JoJo’s Circus – Cartoon Pizza, Inc. and Cuppa Coffee Studios

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius – Nickelodeon & DNA Productions

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Character Animation

Anthony DeRosa – Looney Tunes: Back In Action

Dave DeVan – Finding Nemo

Byron Howard – Brother Bear

Gini Santos – Finding Nemo

Doug Sweetland – Finding Nemo

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Rune Brandt Bennicke – Brother Bear

Carter Goodrich – Sinbad

Ricky Nierva – Finding Nemo

Character Design in an Animated Television Production

Andrew Bialk – The Powerpuff Girls: "Save Mojo"

Matt Danner – Xiaolin Showdown

Andy Suriano – Samurai Jack – "Episode XXXV"

Shannon Tindle – The Proud Family: "Culture Shock”

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Sylvain Chomet – The Triplets of Belleville

Eric Goldberg – Looney Tunes: Back In Action

Satoshi Kon – Millennium Actress

Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich – Finding Nemo

Directing in an Animated Television Production

Mike Gasaway – The Adventures Jimmy Neutron: “Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion!”

Steven Dean Moore – The Simpsons: “‘Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky”

Rob Renzetti – My Life As A Teenage Robot: “Ragged Android”

Genndy Tartakovsky – Samurai Jack: “The Birth of Evil”

Darrell Van Citters – Captain Sturdy: “The Originals”

Effects Animation

Martin Nguyen – Finding Nemo

Justin Ritter – Finding Nemo

Dave Stephens – Haunted Mansion

Jason Wolbert – Brother Bear

Madoka Yasuet – Piglet’s Big Movie

Music in an Animated Feature Production

Phil Collins & Mark Mancina – Brother Bear

Harry Gregson-Williams – Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Thomas Newman – Finding Nemo

Music in an Animated Television Production

Alf Clausen, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Ken Keeler – The Simpsons: “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?”

Robert Kral, Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd – Duck Dodgers: “Shiver Me Dodgers”

Ken Keeler – Futurama: “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”

Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, Andy Sturmer – Teen Titans: “Divide & Conquer”

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Ralph Eggleston – Finding Nemo

Seth Engstrom – Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Bill Perkins – 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

Robh Ruppel – Brother Bear

Raymond Zibach – Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Production Design in an Animated Television Production

Seonna Hong – My Life As A Teenage Robot

Joseph Holt – My Life As A Teenage Robot

Scott Wills – Samurai Jack–The Birth of Evil

Mark Whiting – Duck Dodgers

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Holly Forsyth – The Jungle Book 2

Sharon Forward – The Jungle Book 2

Chris Otsuki – The Jungle Book 2

Dave Prince The Jungle Book 2

Dean Roberts – 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production

Tim Divar – He Man & The Masters of the Universe"Power of Grayskull"

Enrique Braxton May – ChalkZone: "Pumpkin Love”

Kyle Menke – Spider-Man: "Keeping Secrets”

Dave Thomas – The Fairly OddParents: "Pipe Down”

Matt Youngberg – Teen Titans: "Switched”

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Joe Alaskey as the voice of Daffy Duck – Looney Tunes: Back In Action

Jim Cummings as the voice of Kaa – The Jungle Book 2

Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory – Finding Nemo

Miyoko Shoji as the voice of Chiyoko Fujiwara – Millennium Actress

Jeremy Suarez as the voice of Koda – Brother Bear

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Bob Bergen as the voice of Eager Young Space Cadet – Duck Dodgers

Jeff Garcia as the voice of Sheen Estevez – The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: "Nightmare in Retroville”

Janice Kawaye as the voice of Jenny – My Life As A Teenage Robot

Candi Milo as the voice of Mrs. Wakeman – My Life As A Teenage Robot

Tara Strong as the voice of Dannon O’Mallard – Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Sylvain Chomet – The Triplets of Belleville

Satoshi Kon, Sadayuki Murai – Millennium Actress

Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith – 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman – Brother Bear

Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Dave Reynolds – Finding Nemo

Writing in an Animated Television Production

Paul Dini – Justice League: "Comfort & Joy”

Tony Gama-Lobo, Rebecca May – King of the Hill: "Reborn to be Wild”

Patric Verrone – Futurama: "The Sting”

William Waldner – Captain Sturdy: "The Originals”

Matt Warburton – The Simpsons: "Three Gays of the Condo”

Juried Awards

June Foray Award – Significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation

Martha Sigall

Winsor McCay Award – Recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation

Gene Deitch, John Hench and Thurl Ravenscroft

Ub Iwerks Award

Scott Johnston

Certificate of Merit

David Derks and Mike Judge/Don Hertzfeldt (Team)