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How To Train Your Dragon sweeps Annies

How To Train Your Dragon

Story by Jack Foley

HOW To Train Your Dragon has swept the 38th Annie Awards, winning 10 trophies.

The DreamWorks Animation movie, based on the best-selling books by Cressida Cowell, took the top award for best animated feature as well as nine other prizes.

But it’s success was marred by the ongoing controversy surrounding the Annies and its voting procedures, as well as Disney-Pixar’s decision to uphold its objections by boycotting the ceremony.

In August, Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of questions about voting procedures, with Disney contending that DreamWorks had received favouritism in recent years.

As a result, neither Disney nor Pixar submitted or campaigned for the Annie Awards, as well as boycotting the ceremony, even though Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Disney’s Tangled were both nominated for the Annie for best animated feature (as well as a couple of other nods).

The row dates back to 2008, when DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda cleaned up with 10 trophies, ahead of eventual Oscar winner Wall-E. Last year, though, Pixar’s Up won the top Annie.

Pixar’s Day & Night also left this year’s ceremony with the award for Best Animated Short Subject.