'Cars': Pixar Movie Tops Annie Awards But DreamWorks Animation Release Wins Most Awards

Cars Lightning McQueen: Pixar wins top Annie Award but DreamWorks Animation gets most trophiesCars with Lightning McQueen: Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson (as McQueen) and veteran Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud), the Pixar blockbuster directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Joe Ranft was the 2006 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature. However, DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away was the Annie Awards ceremony's biggest winner.

'Cars' is 2007 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature – but 'Flushed Away' wins in most categories

Feb. 11 update: John Lasseter and Joe Ranft's 2006 blockbuster Cars, starring Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) won the 2007 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature at the 34th International Animated Film Society Awards ceremony held at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, a few kilometers northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Besides taking home the top prize, the Disney/Pixar release also earned Randy Newman the Annie Award for Best Feature Music.

Flushed Away, however, turned out to be the evening's top winner. The DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations feature about life in the London sewers received a total of five Annies, including Best Animated Effects and Best Voice Acting for veteran Ian McKellen (The Lords of the Rings movies, Richard III), who plays the character Toad.

See further below the list of Annie Award winners and nominees in the feature film and television categories.

'Cars': Pixar box office hit tops 2007 Annie Award nominations

Dec. 6: John Lasseter and Joe Ranft's Pixar release Cars, set in the back roads of the United States, received the most nominations for the International Animated Film Society's 2007 Annie Awards, which were announced Dec. 4 '06. Cars was shortlisted in nine categories, including Best Animated Feature.

Cars voices include those of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and veteran Paul Newman as Doc Hudson, plus Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Jennifer Lewis, Katherine Helmond, and Paul Dooley.

'Flushed Away' & 'Happy Feet'

DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away, the story of an upscale rat who gets flushed down into the sewers of London, was strangely absent from the Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature category in spite of nominations for directors David Bowers and Sam Fell, and for screenwriter Will Davies. Flushed Away features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Kathy Burke, and Miriam Margolyes.

George Miller's Australia / U.S. co-production and box office hit Happy Feet, about a genetically impaired penguin that tap dances, received two Annie Award nods: Best Animated Feature and Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production (director Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, and Warren Coleman).

Happy Feet features the voices of Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting, 1997), Best Actress Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Anthony LaPaglia, and Flushed Away voice cast members Hugh Jackman and Miriam Margolyes.

'Cars' or no, DreamWorks Animation is top 2007 Annie Awards' studio

In all, DreamWorks Animation garnered the most nominations for the 2007 Annie Awards: a total of 16 nods for two features Flushed Away, a co-production with the British-based Aardman Animation, and Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick's Over the Hedge.

The latter is the animated feature version of a popular comic strip; it features the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, William Shatner, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Catherine O'Hara, Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, 2004), and two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides, 1991; Affliction, 1998).

Annies & Oscars

The winner of the top Annie has gone on to take home the Best Animated Film Oscar every single year since the Academy instituted the annual award in 2001.

The winners of the 2007 Annie Awards will be announced at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, a few kilometers northeast of downtown Los Angeles, on Feb. 11.

Cars Lightning McQueen Owen Wilson: John Lasseter Pixar blockbuster + Annie Awards nomineeCars: Lightning McQueen stars in the Disney/Pixar release featuring the voices of Owen Wilson as McQueen and Best Actor Academy Award winner Paul Newman (The Color of Money, 1986) as Doc Hudson. John Lasseter directed the 2006 blockbuster, with co-director Joe Ranft.

Annie Awards: Winners and nominations

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature
* Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
Happy Feet – Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Production in association with Animal Logic Film.
Monster HouseColumbia Pictures Presents an ImageMovers / Amblin Production.
Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.

Best Home Entertainment Production
* Bambi II – DisneyToon Studios.
The Adventures of Brer RabbitUniversal Animation Studios.
Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes – DisneyToon Studios.

Best Animated Short Subject
Adventure Time – Nickelodeon.
Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot – Thunderbean Animation.
* No Time for Nuts – Blue Sky Studios.
Weird Al Yankovic “Don't Download This Song” – Acme Filmworks.

Best Animated Television Commercial
Candy Factory – Ka-chew! / Screen Novelties.
ESPN “Believe” – Laika / house.
Hilton “Dancing Couple” – Acme Filmworks.
St. Louis Zoo “Giraffe” – Z Animation.
* United Airlines “Dragon” – DUCK Studios.

Best Animated Television Production
Charlie and Lola – Tiger Aspect Productions.
* Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends – Cartoon Network Studios.
King of the Hill – Twentieth Century Fox TV.
The Fairly OddParents – Nickelodeon.
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! – Film Roman, a Starz Media Co.

Best Animated Video Game
* Flushed Away The Game – D3 Publisher of America, Inc.
Monster House – THQ, Inc.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab – THQ, Inc.

 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
David Bowers & Sam Fell – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
* Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick – Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.
Gil Kenan – Monster House – Columbia Pictures ImageMovers / Amblin Entertainment.
John Lasseter – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
Carlos Saldanha – Ice Age: The Meltdown – Blue Sky Studios.

Directing in an Animated Television Production
Shaun Cashman – The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy “Hill Billy” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Craig McCracken – Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends “Bus the Two of Us” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Guy Vasilovich – Growing Up Creepie “The Tell-Tale Poem” – Mike Young Productions.
* Giancarlo Volpe – Avatar “The Drill” – Nickelodeon.

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Rich Burns – Brother Bear 2 – DisneyToon Studios.
* Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Chris Lloyd & Joe Keenan and Will Davies – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
Dan Harman, Rob Schrab & Pamela Pettler – Monster House – Columbia Pictures Presents an ImageMovers / Amblin Entertainment.
Dan Fogelman – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris & Warren Coleman – Happy Feet – Warner Bros. Pictures Presents in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Kennedy Miller Production in Association with Animal Logic Film.

Writing in an Animated Television Production
Kirker Butler – Family Guy “Barely Legal” – Fuzzy Door Productions.
* Ian Maxtone-Graham – The Simpsons “The Seemingly Neverending Story” – Gracie Films.
Tom Sheppard – My Gym Partner's a Monkey “Nice Moustache” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Dan Veber – American Dad “American Dad Afterschool Special” – Fuzzy Door Productions / Underdog Productions.
John Viener – Family Guy “The Griffin Family History” – Fuzzy Door Productions.

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Voice of Zee – Monster House – Columbia Pictures ImageMovers / Amblin Entertainment.
Sam Lerner – Voice of Chowder – Monster House – Columbia Pictures ImageMovers / Amblin Entertainment.
Spencer Locke – Voice of Jenny – Monster House – Columbia Pictures ImageMovers / Amblin Entertainment.
* Ian McKellen – Voice of the Toad – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
Wanda Sykes – Voice of Stella – Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
Keith Ferguson – Voice of Blooregard – Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends “Squeeze the Day” – Cartoon Network Studios.
* Eartha Kitt – Voice of Yzma – The Emperor's New School “Kuzclone” – Walt Disney Television Animation.
Mila Kunis – Voice of Meg Griffin – Family Guy “Barely Legal” – Fuzzy Door Productions.
Russi Taylor – Voice of Ferny – Jakers! “Mi Galeon” – Mike Young Productions.
Patrick Warburton – Voice of Kronk – The Emperor's New School “Kuzclone” – Walt Disney Television Animation.

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Thom Enriquez Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.
William H. Frake III Ice Age: The Meltdown – Blue Sky Studios.
* Gary Graham Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.
Kris Pearn Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
Simon Wells Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production
Troy Adomitis - American Dragon: Jake Long “Breakout” – Walt Disney Television Animation.
Ben Balistreri – Danny Phantom “Urban Jungle” – Nickelodeon.
* Li Hong – The X's “You Only Sneeze Twice” – Nickelodeon.
Shaut Nigoghossian – Danny Phantom “Reality Trip” – Nickelodeon.
Adam Van Wyk – Hellboy “Sword of Storms” – Film Roman, a Starz Media Co.

Animated Effects
* Scott Cegielski – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
Keith Klohn – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
David Stephens – Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
Erdem Taylan – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
John David Thornton – Ice Age: The Meltdown – Blue Sky Studios.

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Line Andersen – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
Carlos Baena – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
* Gabe Hordos – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.
Bobby Podesta – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
Kristof Serrand – Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.

Character Animation in a Television Production
Joshua Jennings – Moral Orel – ShadowMachine Films.
Eileen Kohlhepp – Family Guy – Fox TV.
Sihanouk Mariona – Robot Chicken – ShadowMachine Films.
* Yu Jae Myung – Avatar “The Blind Bandit” – Nickelodeon.

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Peter DeSeve – Ice Age: The Meltdown – Blue Sky Studios.
Carter Goodrich – Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
* Nicolas Marlet – Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.

Character Design in an Animated Television Production
Ben Balistreri – Danny Phantom “King Tuck” – Nickelodeon.
* Mike Kunkel – The Life & Times of Juniper LeeParty Monsters” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Carlos Ramos – The X's “Homebody” – Nickelodeon.
Eric Robles – The X's “You Only Sneeze Twice” – Nickelodeon.

Music in an Animated Feature Production
John Debney – The Ant Bully – Warner Bros. Pictures Presents in Association with Legendary Pictures, a Playtone Production in Association with DNA Productions.
Gordon Goodwin – Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas – Warner Bros. Animation.
Laura Karpman – A Monkey's Tale – Dedica Group.
* Randy Newman – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
John Powell – Ice Age: The Meltdown – Blue Sky Studios.

Music in an Animated Television Production
Brad Benedict, Mark Fontana & Erik Godal – Squirrel Boy “A Line in the Sandwich” – Cartoon Network Studios.
John King – Shorty McShorts' Shorts “Boyz on Da Run Part 1” – Walt Disney Television Animation.
Steve Marston – Jakers! “The Gift” – Mike Young Productions.
* James L. Venable & Jennifer Kes Remington – Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends “One False Movie” – Cartoon Networks Studios.

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
William Cone – Cars – Pixar Animation Studios.
Andy Harkness – Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
Michael Humphries – Open Season – Sony Pictures Animation / Columbia Pictures.
Paul Shardlow – Over the Hedge – DreamWorks Animation.
* Pierre-Olivier Vincent – Flushed Away – DreamWorks Animation & Aardman Features.

Production Design in an Animated Television Production
* Martin Ansolabehere – Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends “Good Wilt Hunting” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Alan Bodner – The Life and Times of Juniper LeeWater We Fighting For” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Bob Boyle – Wow! Wow! Wubbzy “Tale of Tails” – Film Roman, a Starz Media Co.
Dan Krall – My Gym Partner's A Monkey “Grub Drive” – Cartoon Network Studios.
Sue Mondt – Camp Lazlo “Hard Days Samson” – Cartoon Network Studios.

 

JURIED AWARDS

June Foray Award: (Significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)
Stephen Worth.

Winsor McCay Award: (Recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation)
Bill Plympton.
Genndy Tartakovski.
Andreas Deja.

Certificate of Merit:
Bill Matthews.
Michael Fallik.
Marc Deckter.
Eric Graf.

 

Annie Awards website.

Cars' Lightning McQueen images: Pixar / Walt Disney Studios.

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