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Kung Fu Panda 2 leads Annie nominations

Kung Fu Panda 2

Story by Jack Foley

DREAMWORKS Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 leads the nominees for the 39th annual Annie Awards with 12 nominations.

It will compete with Shreak spin-off Puss in Boots and the Johnny Depp voiced Rango, which each recevied nine nods.

The Annies honour the year’s best animation and are keenly contested as the animated Oscars.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who became the first woman solo director of an animated feature, and sees Jack Black reprising his role of Po in an all-new adventure.

Among the nominations the film received was one for best animated feature as well as voice acting nominations for Gary Oldman, who plays the main villain, and James Hong.

In the best animated feature category, the film is up against Puss in Boots, Rango, Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Rio and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Three smaller European films are also in the running – A Cat in Paris, Arrugas and Chico and Rita by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba.

Disney and Pixar films were well-represented a year after they withdrew from the International Animated Film Society (IAFS) over concerns about the judging process.

Pixar’s Cars 2 received a total of seven nominations while Disney’s Winnie the Pooh received eight.

The awards will be handed out at a Los Angeles ceremony on February 4, 2012, with the winner of the main feature often being tipped to land the best animation prize at the Oscars.

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