Mouse's 'Groove,' WB's 'Beyond' also pick up multiple toon kudos

HOLLYWOOD — DreamWorks’ gentle giant “Shrek” garnered eight Annies, including best animated theatrical feature, at the Intl. Animated Film Society’s 29th annual Annie Awards held in Glendale on Saturday night.

Pic won praise for directing, writing, effects animation, production design, storyboarding, music and male voice (Eddie Murphy), while the equally-nommed Mouse House’s “The Emperor’s New Groove” cleaned up with lauds for character animation, best song and female voice (Eartha Kitt).

In the small screen competish, Warner Bros.’ “Batman Beyond” scooped up multiple nods for best daytime animated television program, best director (Butch Lukic) and best animated homevideo. Cartoon Network’s “The Powerpuff Girls” and Fox’s “Futurama” each drew two: in music and production design, and writing and male voice (John DiMaggio), respectively.

Though “King of the Hill” won for female voice (Kathy Nijimy) and “Invader Zim” for storyboarding, the top primetime prize went to perennial winner “The Simpsons.”

The jury bestowed the June Foray Award upon critic Leonard Maltin while artists Bob Givens, Pete Alvarado and Bill Justice each received Winsor McCay Awards for Lifetime Achievement. Disney film restorer Scott MacQueen was also honored for Special Achievement in Animation.

Additional kudos categories included best animated production produced for the Internet (Wild Brain’s “Groove Monkee”); best animated short subject (Wild Brain’s “Hubert’s Brain”); best animated special project (Cartoon Network’s “The Chuck Jones Show”); and best animated commercial (Earthlink and Acme Filmwork’s “Darwin”).

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