'Panda' more than foes can bear

DWA feature knocks 'em dead at Annie Awards, scoring record 11 nods

"Kung Fu Panda" pulled out all of its martial arts moves at the 36th annual Annie Awards, where it was named best animated feature.

The DreamWorks Animation film dominated the ceremony, held Friday at UCLA's Royce Hall in Westwood and presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles chapter of the International Animated Film Society.

"Panda" won the top prize over such critical favorites as "WALL-E" and "Waltz With Bashir" and swept the feature film categories with 10 trophies, topping Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" run last year, when it earned nine Annies, including best feature.

Additionally, DWA's "Secrets of the Furious Five," a 24-minute short that appears on the "Panda" DVD, took four awards in the TV production/shortform categories, and Activision's "Kung Fu Panda" won best video game.

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences set up its animated feature category in 2001, the Annie winner has gone on to score the Oscar every year except 2007, when the Annies opted for "Cars" but the Academy chose "Happy Feet."

Rounding out the top prize recipients, Aardman Animations' "Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death" was named best short subject.

ShadowMachine's "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" was named best animated TV production, while Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" won the prize for best TV production produced for children. (partialdiff)