‘Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Wins Five Trophies Including the Top Prize at the 50th Annie Awards
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio topped the 50th Annie Awards for animation, collecting five prizes including best animation feature, direction (del Toro and Mark Gustafson), character animation, music and production design. “Fuck,” said del Toro as he and Gustafson took the stage to accept the directing award. “I hope to stay with you as peers with […]
Animation Legend Pete Docter Reflects on ‘Up,’ ‘Inside Out,’ And His Early Career
When Pete Docter thinks back to his early days at Pixar, working on 1995’s groundbreaking Toy Story, he thinks of his time studying animation at CalArts. “[It was] just a bunch of people drawing, trying to do something cool,” he says. Now a three-time Oscar winner and Pixar’s chief creative officer, Docter — along with […]
Annie Awards: ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Leads Feature Competition With Nine Noms
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio leads the feature competition of the 50th annual Annie Awards for animation, with nine nominations including one in the top category for best animated feature. That’s followed by Turning Red with seven noms and Puss in Boot: The Last Wish and The Sea Beast, with six apiece. Alongside Pinocchio, the movies […]
‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Wins Big at Annie Awards
Sony Pictures Animation/Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines was the big winner at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 49th Annie Awards for animation, collecting eight awards including best animated feature. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s Mitchells — an animated comedy about a family facing a robot apocalypse — additionally won the awards for best direction, presented to Mike Rianda […]
‘Lion King’ Animator Ruben Aquino Looks Back at the Inspirations Behind His Design of Simba
Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, Ruben Aquino studied at the University of Pennsylvania and pursued a career as an architect before discovering animation. He was a supervising animator on Disney classics including 1989’s The Little Mermaid, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, 1994’s The Lion King, 1998’s Mulan and 2002’s Lilo & Stitch, and retired […]
Annie Awards Go Virtual Due to Omicron Spread; Live Event Canceled
In response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the ASIFA-Hollywood board said its 49th annual Annie Awards for animation has been moved to a virtual format and will stream live March 12. Previously, a live ceremony was scheduled for Feb. 26 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. “When we announced that the Annies would be […]
‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Leads 2022 Annie Awards Feature Nominations
ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations for its 49th Annie Awards for animation on Tuesday, with Walt Disney Animation Studios leading the feature competition with 10 nominations for its Raya and the Last Dragon and 9 nominations for its Encanto. Close behind are Pixar’s Luca and Sony Pictures Animation/Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines with 8 apiece. […]
‘Soul,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Wins Annie Awards in Features
'Soul' won best animated feature and seven total awards, and 'Wolfwalkers' won best indie animated feature, best direction and five total awards.
Annie Awards to Honor Trio of Groundbreaking Animators
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is bestowing career achievement awards to Willie Ito ('Hong Kong Phooey) and Bruce Smith ('The Proud Family), along with the late Sue Nichols ('Beauty and the Beast').
Josh Gad, Phillipa Soo Among Annie Awards Presenters
The animation honors will be presented during a virtual ceremony on April 16.
‘Soul,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Lead Annie Awards Animated Feature Noms
The movies collected 10 nominations apiece.
Annies Unveil Juried Animation Awards
The Annie Awards have announced its juried honors in animation, incluiding career achievement recognitions that will be presented to Bruce Smith, Willie Ito and posthumously to Sue Nichols.