Annie Award
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Awarded for Excellence in film animation
Country United States
Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood
First awarded 1972
Official website [1]

The Annie Award is an American award for accomplishments in animation. The Annies have been presented by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood since 1972. Originally designed to celebrate lifetime or career contributions to animation, since 1992 it has given awards to individual films.

Memberships in the ASIFA-Hollywood consist of three main categories: General Member, Patron and Student Member. Joining ASIFA-Hollywood is open to professionals, students and fans of animation, for a membership fee. Selected professional members are permitted to vote for the Annie.

The 42nd Annie Awards ceremony took place on January 31, 2015, on the campus of UCLA.

Award categories


Individual achievement

  • Animated Effects
  • Character Animation in a Feature Production
  • Character Animation in a Television Production
  • Character Design in a Feature Production
  • Character Design in a Television Production
  • Directing in a Feature Production
  • Directing in a Television Production
  • Music in a Feature Production
  • Music in a Television Production
  • Production Design in a Feature Production
  • Production Design in a Television Production
  • Storyboarding in a Feature Production
  • Storyboarding in a Television Production
  • Voice Acting in a Feature Production
  • Voice Acting in a Television Production
  • Writing in a Feature Production
  • Writing in a Television Production
  • Editing in a Feature Production
  • Editing in a Television/DVD/Internet Production

Juried awards

Balloting controversies and criticism


In 2008, the Annie Award nominees for "Best Short Subject" included two Walt Disney cartoons, a Pixar short, and two independent films: Picnic Pictures' The Chestnut Tree, and Don Hertzfeldt's short, Everything Will Be OK. Official rules for the Annie Awards state that voting members must view all nominated achievements in their entirety before casting their ballot for a winner. Members are directed to view the nominated films on a secure website.

When the online ballot launched on January 15, the two independent films were not included for voters to judge. ASIFA acknowledged this error over a week later, at which point all the votes were reportedly thrown out and the balloting system was reset. Voters were instructed to return and re-vote the category. "The Chestnut Tree" was now uploaded properly to the ballot, however Everything Will Be OK was again not included: this time, the online ballot only played a portion of this film's 17-minute running time to voters, abruptly cutting out in the middle of a scene. ASIFA again took several days to repair the ballot, but this time allowed voting to continue.

By the time the ballot officially closed on February 1, Everything Will Be OK was only available to voters for less than 24 hours of the entire 18-day voting period.[1]

Even though ASIFA apologized to Don Hertzfeldt, they took no further action and carried on with the event, awarding the prize to the Pixar short Your Friend the Rat.


In 2009, DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda swept the Annie Awards in an overwhelming defeat against the eventual Oscar-winner WALL-E, which was shut out in every category. In an Oscar prediction article, New York Times writer David Carr noted, "Oscar watchers were stunned when Kung Fu Panda took all the awards from the International Animated Film Society. That was an inside job, full of backstage politics you don’t want to know about."[2] Animator Bill Plympton (himself a recipient of ASIFA's lifetime achievement award), also criticized the organization's balloting practices, writing in his blog, "I think that Jeffrey Katzenberg, who knows a good publicity opportunity when he sees it, bought ASIFA-Hollywood memberships for his entire studio, and then told them to vote the party line... The unfortunate reality is that it feels like the elections were rigged - they were bought! What a travesty." [3]


In 2010, Walt Disney Studios decided to cease submissions and support for ASIFA-Hollywood's Annie Awards. At issue was the fact that anyone could buy a membership (and voting ballot) to ASIFA, whereas members of the Motion Picture Academy and other awards-giving bodies must be voted in only by their peers. Disney also believed the scales are tilted in favor of DreamWorks Animation, who gives each new employee a free membership to ASIFA-Hollywood.[4]

Due to Disney's complaints, ASIFA-Hollywood changed the rules on voting for individual achievement categories, making those categories only available to professionals. ASIFA-Hollywood head Antran Manoogian said that this was just a first step to a future move where Annie voters would have to be approved by a committee and non-professionals would now be ineligible to vote.[4]

That was not enough for Disney president Ed Catmull, who had called for an advisory committee of toon execs representing each studio to recommend rule changes to the ASIFA board. Catmull said, "We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board. Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns." [4]

Notable nominations

The following nominees (motion pictures, TV shows, and direct-to-video films) received multiple nominations:

Nominations Film
The Simpsons
24 The Fairly OddParents
King of the Hill
<center>21 Futurama
<center>20 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
<center>19 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
<center>17 SpongeBob SquarePants
16 How to Train Your Dragon
The Incredibles
Kung Fu Panda
15 The Iron Giant
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
<center>14 Dragons: Riders of Berk
13 The Boxtrolls
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
12 Adventure Time
Dexter's Laboratory
Finding Nemo
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Penguins of Madagascar
11 The Emperor's New Groove
Family Guy
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
10 Batman Beyond
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lilo & Stitch
Monsters University
Pinky and the Brain
Rise of the Guardians
Samurai Jack
Surf's Up
Wreck-It Ralph
9 Animaniacs
The Powerpuff Girls
Puss in Boots
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
8 Brother Bear
Cats Don't Dance
Flushed Away
Hotel Transylvania
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
Over the Hedge
Prep & Landing
The Princess and the Frog
The Road to El Dorado
Shrek 2
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Winnie the Pooh
7 Avatar: The Last Airbender
Batman: The Animated Series
Big Hero 6
Cars 2
Despicable Me
Ice Age
Invader ZIM
Kim Possible
Kung Fu Panda Holiday
The Mighty B!
Song of the Sea
Treasure Planet
6 Arthur Christmas
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Cow and Chicken
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
Johnny Bravo
Merry Madagascar
Monster House
Osmosis Jones
The Lego Movie
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Shark Tale
Timon & Pumbaa
5 101 Dalmatians: The Series
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
The Angry Beavers
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
The Book of Life
Ernest & Celestine
Fantasia 2000
A Goofy Movie
Great Minds Think For Themselves
Horton Hears a Who!
The Jungle Book 2
The Illusionist
The Legend of Korra
Mickey Mouse Works
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
The Prince of Egypt
Scared Shrekless
Shrek Forever After
TRON: Uprising
The Tick
4 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
A Bug's Life
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Corpse Bride
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Gnomeo & Juliet
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Millennium Actress
The New Batman Adventures
Robot Chicken
The Simpsons Movie
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Space Jam
Spirited Away
The Tale of Despereaux
Wakko's Wish
Waltz with Bashir
3 Aladdin
Chicken Run
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Howl's Moving Castle
Monsters vs. Aliens
South Park
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Stuart Little
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Teacher's Pet
The Tigger Movie
Titan A.E.
Toy Story 3
The Triplets of Belleville
The Wind Rises
2 $9.99
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Astro Boy
The Avengers
Babes in Toyland
Batman: Gotham Knight
Beauty and the Beast
Belle's Magical World
Cowboys & Aliens
Darkwing Duck
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Dragon Tales
Happy Feet
Home on the Range
House of Mouse
Life of Pi
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
The Maxx
Meet the Robinsons
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Phineas and Ferb
Quest for Camelot
The Rabbi's Cat
Regular Show
Return to Never Land
Secret of the Wings
Tiny Toon Adventures
1 Ben 10: Omniverse

The following nominees (motion pictures, TV shows, and direct-to-video films) received multiple awards:

Awards Film
<center>30 The Simpsons
10 How to Train Your Dragon
The Incredibles
Kung Fu Panda
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
9 Finding Nemo
The Iron Giant
8 Shrek
Toy Story
<center>7 Toy Story 2
6 How to Train Your Dragon 2
Samurai Jack
SpongeBob SquarePants
5 Avatar: The Last Airbender
Flushed Away
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Kung Fu Panda Holiday
Pinky and the Brain
Wreck-It Ralph
4 Dragons: Riders of Berk
The Fairly OddParents
King of the Hill
The Penguins of Madagascar
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
Spirited Away
3 Batman Beyond
Cow and Chicken
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man
The Emperor's New Groove
Family Guy
Fantasia 2000
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The Lion King
Over the Hedge
Prep & Landing
The Princess and the Frog
South Park: Bigger
2 Adventure Time
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Beauty and the Beast
Cats Don't Dance
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
Kung Fu Panda 2
Mickey Mouse Works
The New Batman Adventures
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Powerpuff Girls
Rise of the Guardians
Surf's Up
The Tick
TRON: Uprising
1 Angry Beavers

See also


External links


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