Wreck-It Ralph Tops 40th Annies

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which many consider the Oscar frontrunner, took home the top prize for best animated feature at the 40th annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Ralph won four additional Annies for directing (Rich Moore), writing (Phil Johnson and Jennifer Lee), music (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), and voice acting (Alan Tudyk as the Ed Wynn-inspired King Candy). Disney also scored the best short prize with John Kahr’s innovative black and white hybrid, Paperman.

Meanwhile, Pixar’s Brave grabbed two Annies for production design (Steve Pilcher) and editing (Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E, Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther); Laika’s stop-motion ParaNorman earned two Annies for character animation (Travis Knight) and character design (Heidi Smith); and DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians took two Annies for storyboarding (Johanne Matte) and animated effects (Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton).

Tim Reckart’s Oscar-contending topsy turvy stop-motion short, Head over Heels, won the Annie for best student film, a new category added this year.

In the live-action side, ILM won for best effects with The Avengers (Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway) and Rhythm & Hues won for live-action character animation with Life of Pi’s Bengal tiger, Richard Parker (Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl).

Historian/critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen & Maurice Lamarche (Pinky & the Brain) co-hosted the Annies, and juried prizes went to veteran Disney publicist/historian Howard Green (June Foray Award); Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam, Mark Henn (Windsor McCay Award), and Toon Boom Animation Pipeline (Ub Iwerks Award).

Speaking of Foray, the legendary voice actress and Annies founder was surprised with the Tex Avery Award (which originated with Reel FX in Dallas).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Clips, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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