Annies get kick out of 'Panda'
DWA flick beats down rivals with 16 noms for annual animation awardsDreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" fought off stiff competition to score a leading 16 nominations for the International Animated Film Society's 36th annual Annie Awards.
That includes a nomination for best animated feature, a category that includes Pixar Animation Studios' "WALL-E," which earned seven nominations and is considered the front-runner for the Oscar. "Panda" and "WALL-E" also earned nominations for best video game.
The top category is rounded out by nominations for Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Bolt," a 3-D release that earned five nominations; Sony Pictures Classics' Israeli documentary "Waltz With Bashir" with four nominations; and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films "$9.99," a stop-motion title that earned two nominations.
Blue Sky Studios' Fox release "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" also made a strong showing with five nominations.
All of the films are on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' shortlist for the animated feature Oscar competition.
Nickelodeon leads the pack in TV with 12 nominations, including two for best animated television production produced for children: "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The Mighty B!"
Noms for animated television production are "Phineas and Ferb," Disney Television Animation; "The Simpsons," Gracie Films/Fox TV; "King of the Hill," 20th Century Fox TV; and "Moral Orel" and "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II," from ShadowMachine.
The awards ceremony is set for Jan. 30 at UCLA's Royce Hall. (partialdiff)