‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)

Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature.

As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total on the animation industry’s big night, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood on Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore as well as writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston took trophies, as did Cory Loftis for character design, Dean Wellins for storyboarding, and Jason Bateman, the voice of fox Nick Wilde, who shared the voice acting in a feature win with “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho.

In addition to Cravalho’s win, Disney’s “Moana” took home an Annie for animated effects in a feature (Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, and John M. Kosnik).

Disney rounded out its night with wins for its TV series “Disney Mickey Mouse” (Illya Owens for editorial in a TV/broadcast production) and for character animation in a live-action production for “The Jungle Book” (Andrew R. Jones, Peta Bayley, Gabriele Zucchelli, and Benjamin Jones).

Laika’s stop-motion “Kubo and the Two Strings” picked up three wins. Jan Maas nabbed an award for character animation in a feature, Christopher Murrie for editorial, and Nelson Lowry, Trevor Dalmer, August Hall, and Ean McNamara for production design.

“The Red Turtle,” a co-production by Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, took the prize for best animated feature, independent, and Pixar’s “Piper,” directed by Alan Barillaro, won for short.

In the TV/broadcast categories, “Bob’s Burgers” from Bento Box won best production for general audiences, while Bix Pix Entertainment’s “Adventure Time” and “Tumble Leaf” won children’s production and pre-school children’s production, respectively.

Picking up three TV/broadcast awards each were Google Spotlight Stories’ “Pearl” and “DreamWorks Trollhunters.”

Patrick Osborne, who won an Oscar for the Disney short “Feast,” took home the directing prize for the 360-degree short film “Pearl,” while Scot Stafford, Alexis Harte, and JJ Wiesler won for music and Tuna Bora for production design.

“DreamWorks Trollhunters,” created by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, picked up Annies for Mike Chaffe (character animation); Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres, and Jules Rigolle (character design); and Hyunjoo Song (storyboarding).

Carlos Alazraqui’s vocal work as Ponce de Leon in DreamWorks Animation’s “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show” gave DWA its fourth Annie of the night, the second-highest total overall.

Juried awards were also presented. Animator Dale Baer, animation champion Caroline Leaf, and anime director Mamoru Oshii were presented with the Winsor McCay Award for their contribution to the art of animation. Google Spotlight’s Virtual Reality Platform received the Ub Iwerks Award for technical achievement. Documentary “Life, Animated” was honored with a Special Achievement Award. The June Foray Award for benevolence in the animation community went to to Bill & Sue Kroyer. Certificates of merit were given to ASIFA-Hollywood volunteer coordinator Leslie Ezeh and ASIFA-Hollywood office manager Gary Perkovac.

Here’s the complete list of 2017 Annie Awards winners:

Best Animated Feature
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation

Best Animated Short Subject
Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
“Loteria ‘Night Shift'”
Passion Pictures Ltd

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
“Bob’s Burgers”
Episode: Glued, Where’s My Bob?
Bento Box Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children
“Tumble Leaf”
Episode: Mighty Mud Movers / Having a Ball
Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children
“Adventure Time”
Episode: Bad Jubies
Bix Pix Entertainment Cartoon Network Frederator Studios

Best Animated Feature-Independent
“The Red Turtle”
Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions

Best Student Film
Director: Andreas Feix
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, John M. Kosnik
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
“Doctor Strange,” Mirror Dimension
Georg Kaltenbrunner, Michael Marcuzzi, Thomas Bevan, Andrew Graham, Jihyun Yoon
Marvel Studios

Character Animation in a Television/Broadcast Production
Mike Chaffe
“Dreamworks Trollhunters”
Episode: Becoming, Part 1
DreamWorks Animation Television

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Jan Maas
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Andrew R. Jones, Peta Bayley, Gabriele Zucchelli, Benjamin Jones
“The Jungle Book”
Walt Disney Pictures

Character Animation in a Video Game
Jeremy Yates, Almudena Soria, Eric Baldwin, Paul Davies, Tom Bland
“Uncharted 4: A Theif’s End”
Naughty Dog

Character Design in a TV/Broadcast Production
Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres, Jules Rigolle
“Dreamworks Trollhunters”
Episode: Win, Lose or Draal
DreamWorks Animation Television

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Cory Loftis
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Patrick Osborne
Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Music in a TV/Broadcast Production
Scot Stafford, Alexis Harte, JJ Wiesler
Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Hans Zimmer, Richard Harvey, Camille
“The Little Prince”
Netflix and On Animation Studios

Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Tuna Bora
Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Nelson Lowry, Trevor Dalmer, August Hall, Ean McNamara
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Storyboarding in a TV/Broadcast Production
Hyunjoo Song
“DreamWorks Trollhunters”
Episode: Win, Lose or Draal
DreamWorks Animation Television

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Dean Wellins
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Carlos Alazraqui as Ponce de LeÛn
“The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show”
Episode: Ponce de LeÛn
DreamWorks Animation Television

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Tie)
Auli’i Cravalho as Moana in “Moana” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde in “Zootopia” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Lizzie Molyneux, Wendy Molyneux
“Bob’s Burgers”
Episode: The Hormone-iums
Bento Box Entertainment

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Editorial in a TV/Broadcast Production
Illya Owens
“Disney Mickey Mouse”
Episode: Sock Burglar
Disney Television Animation

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Christopher Murrie
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

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