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Zootropolis and Kubo and the Two Strings lead Annie Award nominations

Zootropolis

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Zootropolis and Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings lead the nominations for this year’s Annie Awards.

The former leads the pack overall with 11 nods, while Kubo followed closely behind with 10.

Both are up for best animated feature alongside Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 and Disney’s Moana.

Kubo‘s Travis Knight and Zootropolis duo Byron Howard and Rich Moore are vying for best director alongside The Red Turtle‘s Michael Dudok de Wit, Claude Barras’s Claude Barras and Your Name‘s Makoto Shinkai.

The latter three also feature strongly among the nominees in the separate best animated independent feature category: My Life as a Zucchini (which is also the Swiss foreign-language Oscar entry), The Red Turtle and Your Name are up against Miss Hokusai and Long Way North.

Of the multiple nominees, Disney’s newest entry Moana earned a total of six, while The Red Turtle collected five, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls grabbed four, while Finding Dory and My Life as a Zucchinimanaged three apiece.

Nominees in the best animated short subject category are National Film Board of Canada’s Blind Vaysha, Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures’ Pearl and Pixar’s Piper, all of which made the Oscar shortlist in the animated shorts competition. Deer Flower and Path Title Sequence round out that category.

The Annie Awards will be presented on February 4, 2017.

The main nominees are…

Best Animated Feature
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Moana
Zootropolis

Best Animated Feature – Independent
Long Way North
Miss Hokusai
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Your Name

Best Animated Short Subject
Blind Vaysha
Deer Flower
Path Title Sequence
Pearl
Piper

Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Moana
The Red Turtle
Zootropolis

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Ghostbusters
The BFG
Warcraft

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
Zootropolis
Zootropolis

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Captain America: Civil War
Games of Thrones,” HBO, Episode: Battle of the Bastards
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
Warcraft

Directing in an animated feature production
Kubo and the Two Strings, Travis Knight
My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras
The Red Turtle, Michael Dudok de Wit
Your Name, Makoto Shinkai
Zootropolis, Byron Howard and Rich Moore

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Kubo and the Two Strings, Art Parkinson as Kubo
Moana, Auli’i Cravalho as Moana
Storks, Katie Crown as Tulip
Trolls, Zooey Deschanel as Bridget
Zootopia, Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Kubo and the Two Strings, Marc Haimes, Chris Butler
My Life as a Zucchini, Céline Sciamma
The Red Turtle Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran
Zootopia, Jared Bush, Phil Johnston