Frozen wins best film at Annies 2014
Story by Jack Foley
DISNEY’S Frozen has emerged as the big winner at the 41st Annie Awards.
The film, which has become a box office phenomenon, collected a total of five trophies, including best animated feature, direction for helmers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, music, production design and voice acting (for Josh Gad, who voiced the snowman Olaf).
The awards were announced on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Hollywood, and also saw DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods pick up three awards for animated effects, character animation and character design.
Pixar Animation Studio’s Monsters University picked up two trophies – for storyboarding and editing, while Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki won the award for best writing for his final film, The Wind Rises .
Frozen, The Croods and The Wind Rises will battle it out again for the best animated feature at the Oscars.
In the live action film categories, Industrial Light + Magic won the animated effects category for Pacific Rim while a team from Weta Digital triumphed for character animation for their work on Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
In the TV categories, Disney Television Animation’s Disney Mickey Mouse won three awards for character design, music and editorial, while Disney’s Pixar also scored a hattrick for Toy Story of Terror – for direction, character animation and storyboarding.
Futurama also picked up a pair of Annies for best general audience animated TV production and writing.
The main winners at a glance…
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Special Production
Chipotle Scarecrow (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios)
Best Animated Short Subject
Get A Horse! (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial
Despicable Me 2 (Cinemark - Universal Pictures)
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
Disney Sofia the First (Disney Television Animation)
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios)
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Futurama (20th Century Fox Television)
Best Animated Video Game
The Last of Us ( Naughty Dog)
Best Student Film
Wedding Cake (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg – Viola Baier, Iris Frisch)
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Michael Balog, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Conran, Florian Witzel Pacific Rim (Industrial Light & Magic)
Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Kureha Yokoo Toy Story of Terror! (Pixar Animation Studios)
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Jakob Jensen The Croods
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Gollum (Weta Digital)
Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Paul Rudish Disney Mickey Mouse (Disney Television Animation)
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, Shane Prigmore The Croods
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Angus MacLane Toy Story of Terror!
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeFrozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Christopher Willis – Disney Mickey Mouse (Disney Television Animation)
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck Frozen
Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene, David Womersley Frozen
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Daniel Chong Toy Story of Terror!
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Dean Kelly Monsters University
Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Tom Kenny as the voice of Ice King – Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios)
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf – Frozen