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LAIKA Studios, Dreamworks Animation Lead Annie Awards Nominations

On November 28, the International Animated Film Society announced the nominations for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, which recognize the year’s best in animation. LAIKA Studio’s The Boxtrolls leads the pack with 13 nominations, with How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6 garnering 10 and 7 nods respectively. The awards will be presented on January 31, 2015.

The three films are up for Best Animated Feature against The Book Of LifeThe LEGO Movie, Studio Ghibli’s The Tale Of The Princess KaguyaSong Of The Sea and renowned animator Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’. This year’s awards include a new category, Best Character Animation In A Video Game, with Assassin’s Creed: UnityDon’t Starve: Console Edition and Child Of Light as the nominees. Other awards include Best Television/Broadcast Production (for children & adults) and Outstanding Achievement For Voice Acting in both film & TV. A complete list of the nominations is available at Animation Scoop.

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A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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4 Comments on “LAIKA Studios, Dreamworks Animation Lead Annie Awards Nominations”

  1. 12/02/2014 at 11:42 AM #

    Reblogged this on tomtificate.

  2. 12/02/2014 at 3:20 PM #

    It always strikes me that, while we credit live action films to directors, writers, or stars, we always tend to identify animated films by what studio produced them. Maybe the problem stems from the American practice of using “house styles” and rotating directors instead of attaching strong personal direction to a film. In Japan, though, you don’t notice that nearly as much, since most animated filmmakers are relatively well known, e.g. Mamoru Hosoda, Isao Takahata, etc.

  3. 12/03/2014 at 1:36 PM #

    This is true, although Japanese animation studios tend to have a house style to them as well. I think the American system IS changing, mostly due to the Internet making animators more well known as well as animators being given far more creative freedom and opportunity to explore their visions (Pen Ward, Alex Hirsch, Rebecca Sugar, etc.).

  4. 12/03/2014 at 3:15 PM #

    I guess to gently push back I would emphasize that the stylistic differences between Ghibli films are much greater than between Pixar movies, to take the most obvious example. Particularly the differences between Miyazaki and Takahata’s work. I would argue that Ghibli is more at the service of Miyazaki than the other way around, and the “house style” is Miyazaki’s and not Ghibli’s. And I would argue that Japanese TV anime studios go all over the place. Just look at Madhouse, which made movies FOR Satoshi Kon but also produced the Marvel anime, High School of the Dead, and Redline.

    I will, however, echo the changing nature of Cartoon Network’s animation efforts. On the film side, though, things are still dominated by thousand-team studios that are essentially collective authors. That’s not a bad thing, but it doesn’t produce recognition of individual producers. Except, of course, for people like Brad Bird who go on to do big live action stuff.

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