Animation’s finest draw kudos at fest

Posthumous Hall of Fame honors for three cartoon legends

The Eighth World Animation Celebration wrapped Sunday evening with an awards presentation for the best in animated programming and the induction of Walt Disney, Chuck Jones and Winsor McCay as the first members of the Animation Hall of Fame.

Over the six-day event, several hundred of the more than 800 animated films submitted for competition from around the world were publicly screened.

On Sunday evening 75 of those films received kudos.

The grand prize went to Italy’s Daniele Lunghini, Diego Zuelli and Onda Onirica for their five-minute short “Shame’s Photo.”

Other winners included Michael Dudok deWit’s Academy Award-winning short “Father and Daughter,” which took first place for best animated work over five minutes and shorter than 15 minutes.

Sony Pictures Digital’s “Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl,” directed by Roman Dirge, took first place for under-two-minute films produced for the Web.

‘Blood’-thirsty

Magna Entertainment received the award for best theatrical feature for “Blood: The Last Vampire.” Best computer-assisted animation award went to Wild Brain and director Phil Robinson for “Hubert’s Brain.”

First place for the best TV primetime series went to Michael Hirsh, Patrick Laubert and Clive Smith for an episode of “Going Dutch.” Genndy Tartakovsky won the award for best TV special for “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Ego Trip.”

The presentation of the awards were made by Terry Thoren, president of Klasky Csupo, and animation historian Jerry Beck.

Phil Roman, founder and president of Phil Roman Prods., presented the Animation Hall of Fame awards to Linda Jones on behalf of her father Chuck Jones, to Rob Winsor McCay III on behalf of his great-grandfather Winsor McCay and to Joanna Miller on behalf of her grandfather Walt Disney.

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