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DreamWorks’ “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” took home 10 awards, including the feature nod, at the 33rd annual Annie Awards on Saturday night.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” vocal talent Tom Kenny hosted the Intl. Animated Film Society’s annual kudofest at the Alex Theater in Glendale.

“Wallace” also received directing awards for helmers Nick Park and Steve Box, as well as prizes for voice acting (Peter Sallis), effects, character animation, character design, production design, music, storyboarding and writing.

Box apologized, tongue-in-cheek, for sweeping the kudos. “It’s amazing — we must have done something right. I remember when Nick (Park) asked me to co-direct,” he said. “It must have taken me four frames to say yes.”

In the TV realm, Fox’s “Family Guy” earned plaudits for voice acting (creator Seth McFarlane) and directing (Peter Shin), while Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” nabbed the writing prize and “The Fairly OddParents” won for character design.

Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: Clone Wars 2″ picked up the prize for television production. Both small- screen production and character design kudos went to cabler’s “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.”

The Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement went to Cornelius Cole III, Tyrus Wong and Fred Crippen. Wong, a Disney vet who served as a production illustrator on “Bambi,” said, “My heart hasn’t beat like this since I proposed to my wife.”

Industry vet Mark Kausler was recognized with the June Foray Award for significant impact on animation.

Accepting his award from Foray herself, Kausler told an anecdote about an encounter with animation legend Walter Lantz. He referred to the short-spoken man, best known for creating Woody Woodpecker, and joked about Lantz’s love of spaghetti.

For technical achievement, the Ub Iwerks Award went to Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.”

A special tribute also was paid to storyboard supervisor and animator Joe Ranft, who died in August at age 45.

And the winners are…

Animated Feature
“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” — Aardman Animations/DreamWorks Animation

Home Entertainment Production
“Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” — DisneyToon Studios

Animated Short Subject
“The Fan and the Flower” — Atomic Television/Plymptoons Prods.

Animated Television Commercial
United Airlines “Mr. Pants” — Acme Filmworks

Animated Television Production
“Star Wars: Clone Wars 2″ — Cartoon Network Studios

Animated Video Game
“Ultimate Spider-Man” — Activision/Treyarch

Animated Effects
Jason Wen — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Character Animation
Claire Billett — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Nick Park — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Character Design in an Animated Television Production
Ernie Gilbert — “The Fairly OddParents,” The Good Old Days — Nickelodeon

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Nick Park, Steve Box — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” — Aardman Animations/DreamWorks Animation

Directing in an Animated Television Production
Peter Shin — “Family Guy,” North by North Quahog — Fox TV Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Julian Nott — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Music in an Animated Television Production
James L. Venable, Jennifer Kes Remington — “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” Duchess of Wails — Cartoon Network Studios

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Phil Lewis — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Production Design in an Animated Television Production
Mike Moon, Craig McCracken, Dave Dunnet, Martin Ansolabehere — “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” A Lost Claus — Cartoon Network Studios

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Bob Persichetti — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production
Lauren MacMullan — “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” The Deserter –Nickelodeon

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Peter Sallis — Voice of Wallace, “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
Seth MacFarlane — Voice of Stewie, “Family Guy,” “Brian the Bachelor” — Fox TV Animation

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Steve Box, Nick Park, Bob Baker, Mark Burton — “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Writing in an Animated Television Production
C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, Tim Hill – “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Fear of a Krabby Patty” — Nickelodeon

JURIED AWARDS

June Foray Award – Significant impact on animation
Mark Kausler

Winsor McCay Award — lifetime achievement in animation
Cornelius Cole, Tyrus Wong, Fred Crippen

Ub Iwerks Award — technical achievement
“Corpse Bride”

Certificate of Merit
Larry Loc, “Dream on Silly Dreamer”

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