‘Cars’ takes Annie crown

'Flushed' scores most trophies

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Pixar’s “Cars” grabbed the top prize Sunday night at the 34th annual Annie Awards, but DreamWorks and Aardman Features’ “Flushed Away” walked away with the most hardware.

“Cars” scored animated feature and nabbed the music feature nod for Randy Newman. Picking up the “Cars” award helmer-scribe John Lasseter said, “I think it’s been a banner year for animation.”

Host Tom Kenny agreed, “Pixar did what Ford and GM couldn’t do this year — made money off of cars.” Kenny also thanked those in the audience for attending, however ribbing them with not having enough clout to get into the Grammys, which were being held at the same time.

“Flushed Away” snared five trophies: animated effects, Scott Cegielski; feature character animation, Gabe Hordos; feature production design, Pierre-Olivier Vincent; feature voice acting, Ian McKellen; and feature writing, Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd & Joe Keenan and Will Davis.

DreamWorks’ trophy total hit eight as “Over the Hedge” captured feature character design, Nicolas Marlet; feature directing, Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick; and feature storyboarding, Gary Graham.

On the television front, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” scored a trifecta for Cartoon Network Studios winning animated TV series; TV music, James L. Venable and Jennifer Kes Remington, “One False Movie” episode; and TV production design, Martin Ansolabehere, “Good Wilt Hunting” episode.

Nickelodeon’s “Avatar” garnered two nods and Eartha Kitt earned Walt Disney Television its sole award as the voice of Yzma in “The Emperor’s New School.”

Kudos were doled out from Glendale’s Alex Theater by Asifa -Hollywood, an international animated-film society.

And the nominees are…

PRODUCTION

Animated Feature
“Cars,” Pixar Animation Studios

Home Entertainment Production
“Bambi II,” DisneyToon Studios

Animated Short
“No Time for Nuts,” Blue Sky Studios

Animated TV Commercial
United Airlines, “Dragon,” Duck Studios

Animated TV Production
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” Cartoon Network Studios

Animated Videogame
“Flushed Away the Game,” D3 Publisher of America

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

Animated Effects
Scott Cegielski, “Flushed Away,” DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features

Character Animation (Feature)
Gabe Hordos, “Flushed Away,” DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features

Character Animation, TV
Yu Jae Myung, “Avatar” (The Blind Bandit), Nickelodeon

Character Design, Feature
Nicolas Marlet, “Over the Hedge,” DreamWorks Animation

Character Design, TV
Mike Kunkel, “The Life & Times of Juniper Lee” (Party Monsters), Cartoon Network Studios

Directing. Feature
Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick, “Over the Hedge,” DreamWorks Animation

Directing, TV
Giancarlo Volpe, “Avatar” (The Drill), Nickelodeon

Music, Feature
Randy Newman, “Cars,” Pixar Animation Studios

Music, TV
James L. Venable & Jennifer Kes Remington, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” (One False Movie), Cartoon Networks Studios

Production Design, Feature
Pierre-Olivier Vincent, “Flushed Away,” DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features

Production Design, TV
Martin Ansolabehere, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” (Good Wilt Hunting), Cartoon Network Studios

Storyboarding, Feature
Gary Graham, “Over the Hedge,” DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding, TV
Li Hong, “The X’s” (You Only Sneeze Twice), Nickelodeon

Voice Acting, Feature
Ian McKellen, Voice of the Toad, “Flushed Away,” DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features

Voice Acting, TV
Eartha Kitt, Voice of Yzma, “The Emperor’s New School” (Kuzclone), Walt Disney Television Animation

Writing, Feature
Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd & Joe Keenan and Will Davies, “Flushed Away,” DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features

Writing, TV
Ian Maxtone-Graham, “The Simpsons” (The Seemingly Neverending Story), Gracie Films

JURIED AWARDS:

Winsor McCay Award
Bill Plympton
Genndy Tartakovsky
Andreas Deja

June Foray Award
Stephen Worth

Certificate of Merit
Bill Matthews
Michael Fallik
Marc Deckter
Eric Graf

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