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Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Incredibles 2 lead nominations for 2019 Annie Awards

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralp 2 and Incredibles 2 lead the nominations for the 46th Annie Awards.

The former scored 10 nods, while the latter went one better with 11. Both are shortlisted for best animation feature.

Another Disney release, the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns, secured five nominations, including three in animated feature categories.

Joining Incredibles 2 and Ralph 2 among the nominees for best animated feature are Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse and Aardman Animations’ caveman-themed Early Man, both of which received a total of seven nods, and Fox Searchlight’s Wes Anderson-helmed Isle of Dogs, which earned four.

The directors shortlisted for the directing prize, meanwhile, were Brad Bird for Incredibles 2; Rich Moore and Phil Johnston for Ralph 1; Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman and Peter Ramsey for Spider-Man, and Genndy Tartakovsky for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

In the category for music in an animated feature, ASIFA-nominated Oscar winner Michael Giacchino’s Incredibles 2 score was shortlisted, as were the scores for Ralph 2, led by Alan Menken, The Grinch, led by Danny Elfman, Early Man, led by Harry Gregson-Williams, and Smallfoot, led by Heitor Pereira.

Isle of Dogs’ two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat failed to earn a nod, as did Spider-Man composer Daniel Pembleton.

Mary Poppins Returns — which combines live-action and animation — was nominated in three animated feature categories, for character design, production design and storyboarding, where it will go up against Incredibles 2, Ralph 2 and other fully animated features.

It was also nominated for character animation in a live-action production, as well as for best animated special production. The nominations could well open up a future debate about what constitutes an animated film when it comes to awards recognition.

The main nominees at a glance…

Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Isle Of Dogs – Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sony Pictures Animation

Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature
Ce Magnifique Gâteau! – Beast Animation, Vivement Lundi!, Pedri Animation
MFKZ – Ankama / Studio 4ºC
Mirai – Studio Chizu
Ruben Brandt, Collector – Hungarian National Film Fund
Tito and the Birds – Bits Productions, Split Studio

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Back to the Moon – Google Spotlight Stories, Google Doodles, Nexus Studios
Mary Poppins Returns – Walt Disney Studios
The Emperor’s Newest Clothes – HBO / Starburns Industries
The Highway Rat – Magic Light Pictures

Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject
Grandpa Walrus – Caïmans Productions
Lost & Found – Wabi Sabi Studios
SOLAR WALK – Nørlum
Untravel – Production: Film House Baš Čelik, Serbia Co-production: BFilm, Bratislava & Your Dreams Factory, Bratislava
Weekends – past lives productions

Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
Hilda – Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny – DreamWorks Animation Television
Little Big Awesome – Amazon Studios
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters – DreamWorks Animation Television

Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Big Mouth – Netflix
Bob’s Burgers – 20th Century FOX Television/Bento Box Entertainment
BoJack Horseman – Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix
Human Kind Of – Cartuna, Facebook Watch
The Venture Bros. – Adult Swim / Titmouse, Inc.

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony Pictures Animation
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Next Gen – Baozou with Alibaba Pictures Inc. in association with Tangent Animation for Netflix
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studio
Isle of Dogs – Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sony Pictures Animation

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Avengers: Infinity War – Marvel
Christopher Robin – Walt Disney Pictures
Mary Poppins Returns – Walt Disney Pictures
Paddington 2 – StudioCanal, Heyday Films, Marmalade Films Ltd
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Walt Disney Studios

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game
God of War – Santa Monica Studio
GRIS – Nomada Studio
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games
Moss – Polyarc
Shadow of The Tomb Raider – Square Enix

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony Pictures Animation
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sony Pictures Animation

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Illumination
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Smallfoot – Warner Bros. Pictures / Warner Animation Group

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Illumination
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Mary Poppins Returns – Walt Disney Studios
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Early Man – Aardman Animations
Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Isle of Dogs – Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures
Next Gen – Baozou with Alibaba Pictures Inc. in association with Tangent Animation for Netflix
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Animation Studios

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