Frozen Leads Annies with 5 Awards

The Disney Frozen juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA’s Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad’s Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting).

Fittingly, Disney’s ingenious Mickey Mouse hybrid short, Get a Horse!, also the Oscar frontrunner, took that category as well.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks’ successful prehistoric family road trip, The Croods, earned three craft Annies: animated effects, character animation, and character design.

Pixar’s Monsters University, which didn’t make the Oscar cut, took the Annies for storyboarding and editorial.

The Wind Rises, the supposed swan song for Hayao Miyazaki, won the writing award for Studio Ghibli’s animation master.

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Movies, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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