‘Incredibles’ paces Annie field

Pixar pic facing 'Ghost,' 'Shrek,' 'SpongeBob'

Pixar Animation Studios received 16 Annie nominations, while DreamWorks Animation came in a close second with 14 for “Shrek 2” and “Shark Tale,” ASIFA-Hollywood announced Monday.

Annie Awards honor achievements in film, television and commercial animation.

All Pixar’s nominations came from “The Incredibles,” which is contending for animated feature, character design, animated effects, character animation, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice acting and writing.

“Incredibles” will face three other films in the feature category: “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence,” “Shrek 2” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.”

Five programs will fight for the animated TV production trophy: “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” “My Life as a Teenage Robot,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “The Batman.”

Lifetime achievement honors will go to producer and director Don Bluth, actor Arnold Stang and actress Virginia Davis.

Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, will host the ceremony Jan. 30 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif.

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