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Annie Award Winners

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the 2012 winners of its Annie Awards tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

The winner for Best Animated Feature was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.

One of the big surprises of the evening was the presentation of a special Texas Avery Award for life achievement to June Foray. A picture of the statue June received is at the bottom of this post (scroll down to see it).

The complete list of winners is below:


Best Animated Feature

Wreck-It Ralph — Disney

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment

Best Animated Short Subject
Paperman (Disney)

Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children
Bubble Guppies ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Best Animated Television Production For Children
Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television Production
Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’ – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Animated Video Game
Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America

Best Student Film
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckart


Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton – Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway ‘The Avengers’ – Industrial Light & Magic

Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Dan Driscoll ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Travis Knight “ParaNorman’ – Focus Features

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl ‘Life of Pi – Tiger’ – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Robert Valley ‘Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part I’ – Disney TV Animation

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Heidi Smith ‘ParaNorman’ – Focus Features

Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
John Eng ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: Animal House’ – DreamWorks Animation

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Rich Moore ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
John Paesano ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Henry Jackman, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Alberto Mielgo ‘Tron: Uprising: The Stranger’ – Disney TV Animation

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Steve Pilcher ‘Brave’ – Pixar Animation Studios

Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Doug Lovelace ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man’ – DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Johanne Matte ‘Rise of the Guardians’ – DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines ‘Gravity Falls: Tourist Trapped’ – Disney TV Animation

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Alan Tudyk as King Candy ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Trey Parker – ‘South Park: Jewpacabra’ – Central Productions

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee – Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Editorial in an Animated Television Production
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Waeden, Otto Ferraye ‘Kung Fu Panda – Enter the Dragon’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Nicholas A. Smith, ACE, Robert Graham Jones, ACE, David Suther ‘Brave’ – Pixar Animation Studios


Winsor McCay Award – Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam, Mark Henn

June Foray Award – Howard Green

Ub Iwerks Award – Toon Boom Animation Pipeline

Terry Gilliam accepting his Winsor McCay Award via video…

The Texas Avery Award

  • wever

    YAAAAY! I’m so glad Ralph got its deserved award! ….. of course, this means the Oscars won’t give it the same respect.

  • Not gonna lie, I was definitely rooting for ParaNorman, but congrats to Disney anyway!

  • Leon Chen

    So…I see that Paperman and Head Over Heels both won this year. Plus Adam and Dog won last year. This is shaping up to be quite an interesting race for Best Animated Short.

  • Eman

    “Best Animated Television Production For Children: Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon””

    “Best General Audience Animated Television Production
    Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’”

    …really? I mean, they wern’t bad, just kinda run of the mill. Can’t think of anything that stood out.

    • lola

      yeah I would have thought Gravity Falls would have gotten this

    • Crystal

      I was REALLY hoping for Motorcity to get it. Still don’t get why that show didn’t get more nominations, I thought it took a lot of risks and was a gorgeous show.

      Other thoughts: The Terry Gilliam thing was HILARIOUS. Hope that gets archived. Still disappointed the Young Adult sketch from last year’s show wasn’t (even though I kinda get the legal issues of that).

      But couldn’t Amid tweet from his own twitter instead of Cartoon Brew’s? I felt like he was refusing to like ANYTHING out of it and kinda crapped on some other’s work at some point.

      I notice people complain when the presenters do comedy bits and they complain when people reading off stuff sound “boring”–unpleasable fanbase?

      Really glad Paranorman got 2 wins but was hoping it would’ve gotten more (I haven’t seen Wreck-it-Ralph though).

      • jmahon

        I was happy with most of the awards given, most of them seemed extremely well deserved, but Robot Chicken winning over Motorcity was nothing short of poor judgement. Motorcity deserved that award.

        Paranorman was a beautiful artistic masterpiece but, Wreck-it Ralph really did deserve all the awards it got. The soundtrack, the voice acting, the direction, the writing and just the movie overall was superior not just this year, but I’d say, the past few years. Movies like that make me remember people really do care about animation as a medium.

        • Crystal

          Sometimes I feel like the Annies can be a bit of a ratings contest. I know a lot of animation Channels sponsor it, so do they make the committee “obliged” to nominate their stuff? I agree with the comment above about a bunch of the nods being “not bad but kind of run of the mill.” I kinda wish more risk-taking stuff got more nods.

          Blond Thunder’s actually not my favorite Motorcity episode, but I still thought that show deserved more nominations.

  • Scott Shaw!

    The “TEXAS” Avery Award?!? Who the eff thought it was necessary to “correct” Tex’s nickname? To my knowledge, Tex never once received a screen credit as “Texas Avery”. “Fred” would at least be accurate but “Texas”? Ridiculous.

    • Vic

      Because it is an award given in Texas usually, at a Dallas festival, they’re just going for a kind of joke there, I think.

  • Scott Shaw!

    …Or was “Texas” Avery necessary because Tex’s family sold the rights to “Tex Avery” to DIC for that shitty TEX AVERY THEATER cartoon show, the one that had nothing to do with the real Tex Avery? (I once contributed material to a Dark Horse comic book series using Tex’s MGM characters to be titled TEX AVERY’S COMICS AND STORIES but by the time the funnybook hit the racks, the title had been changed to the less-than-memorable COMICS AND STORIES for this reason.) I sure hope that’s not the case, but I’m getting a strong whiff of Andy Heyward’s scat here…

    • jerrybeck

      The “Texas Avery Award” is an award named after Tex Avery that is annually announced at the Dallas International Film Festival (recent winners include Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Chris Wedge, Henry Selick, Glen Keane and Chris Sanders). Because they wanted to give it to June Foray this year, the folks behind the honor asked if they could, because of her age, bestow it to June at the Annie’s this year – the first time it was presented out of Texas.

  • jonhanson

    Congrats to everyone who worked on Ralph, a great film that deserves the award, especially since I doubt the academy will give it the consideration it deserves. Not that I’m gonna be disappointed one way or another, I really enjoyed all of last years animated films, but Ralph really got to me.

  • Jonathan Bilski

    I love how incompetent Sony was at this for Journey. No one showed up to accept the award for best video game. Sony’s game department is located about 8 miles away from the awards show. The developers of Journey “thatgamecompany” probably weren’t told they were even nominated by Sony.

    • jmahon

      wow, that’s bs. I mean, they’re from the Netherlands(I think?) so I can understand not being able to show up themselves, but not even Sony?

      That said, they deserved their win, though.

  • GabzGirl

    Good job Wreck it Ralph! Now for that Oscar…oh God, if not WiR, anything but BRAVE.

    • Skent

      if Brave wins, I can only conclude amnesia, or that few of the voters actually saw it, or any of the others. The only award that film deserves is a technical one for all that curly red hair.

  • How did Adventure Time, Regular Show, or My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic not able to get a single award?

    I’m surprised Wreck-it Ralph won. Though I wish Frankenweenie won at least one of them. At the Academy Awards, anything but Brave should win because if Brave wins then that’s not fair. Frankenweenie and Wreck-it Ralph were better.

    • J

      Frankenweenie was a boring mess, nominated only because it has Tim Burton’s name next to it

  • Vic

    I’m still sort of stunned that after last year’s train wreck of a show they had some of the exact same problems. And apparently nobody with the sense to scrap scripted bits and keep it moving when the show was running so, so long.

    Still, I felt for the writers when the aptly last named Alan Tudyk (pr. too-dick) made a big deal of announcing the copy was terrible and beneath him. Class move. If you want to go out and improv, fine. But not necessary to make a bunch of volunteers feel even worse while you’re doing it.

  • Toonio

    Paranorman was far superior in every possible plane, but hey to each their own.

    Congrats to Travis Knight!

  • Raven M. Molisee

    Wreck-It-Ralph really surprised me w/how good it was. Nice to see it rewarded.

  • I found it intersting that the list of people who took home the Tex Avery Award in the past, Glen Keane, Brad Bird, etc. have created art and films that have almost no relation to Tex Avery.

  • Roberto González

    Still wondering why everybody hated Brave, which may not be an A++ movie but it’s definitely a B+/A- movie in my book and loved Wreck-It Ralph , which was a cute kids movie but a tad forgettable ( a B, at best). I guess WIR deserves some recognition for its concept and visuals, though the development and actual plot were pretty average. I also think The Pirates! and ParaNorman were better than WIR overall. I’m undecided about FrankenWeenie, I loved all the monster creatures in it but the plot and characters seemed a little underdeveloped. But I guess all of them are at least quite good, so congrats to the winners anyway.

  • David

    YEEEAH!!! The best and my favorite animated film of the year have won! Congrats to Ralph and I hope he’ll get an Oscar too or I’ll be really mad! Disney really deserve their first Best Animated Feature Oscar now!

  • I am very happy to hear that WRECK-IT RALPH won the Annie for Best Animated Feature! I hope it’ll break a leg at the Oscars…

    I still have not seen BRAVE, but I’m still very disheartened to hear about the firing of Brenda Chapman. So it’s kind of poetic, even ironic, that a Pixar film would lose to a great Disney film. The way I see it, in the case of BRAVE vs. WRECK-IT RALPH, Pixar became the new Disney, and Disney became the new Pixar!