Animation’s Highest Honor – The Annie Awards

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Scarlett-Stahl

Published on February 09, 2014 at 2:00 am with 1 Comment

The Annie Award is considered by many to be the animation industry’s highest accomplishment. Presented since 1972 by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Award celebrates lifetime or career contributions to animation as well as individual films. MiceChat reporter and bon vivant Scarlett Stahl attended this prestigious event and shares her photos and wonderful account of the evening with us. ~~Rick

THE 41ST ANNUAL ANNIE AWARDS
By
Scarlett Stahl

The Program Cover

The Program Cover

Saturday, February 1, 2014, the 41st Annual Annie Awards were held in Westwood at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The old phrase “It never rains in sunny California” held true, even though rain had been predicted. However it was cold and the ladies in their strapless gowns did look chilly as they headed down the red carpet, where the press waited to photograph and interview them. There was a little confusion at first as the red carpet and will call had been moved from the front of Royce Hall closer to the parking area. However that was the only glitch in an otherwise perfect evening.

Rob Minkoff, filmmaker and director of Lion King and Tom Sito,  well-known animator, animation historian, teacher and author

Rob Minkoff, filmmaker and director of Lion King and Tom Sito, well-known animator, animation historian, teacher and author

Press and crowd scene with Eric Goldberg (prominent animator of Get a Horse) at the microphone

Press and crowd scene with Eric Goldberg (prominent animator of Get a Horse) at the microphone

Press and crowd

Press and crowd

 Scarlett Stahl and Tom Sito...Tom's lovely wife, Pat, arrived later.

Scarlett Stahl and Tom Sito…Tom’s lovely wife, Pat, arrived later.

Eric Goldberg with his daughter, Rachel

Eric Goldberg with his daughter, Rachel

Both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages were served inside at different locations, while hors d’oeuvres were circulated by waiters. Guests mingled with friends and co workers until the bell sounded to adjourn to the auditorium. Then the guests greeted friends as they slowly made their way to their seats.

John Muske, Legendary director and Rob Menkoff

John Muske, Legendary director and Rob Menkoff

Alice Davis and Tom Sito (both recipents of the June Foray award)

Alice Davis and Tom Sito (both recipents of the June Foray award)

Fabrizio Mancinelli, composer, Mindy Johnson, author, Alice Davis

Fabrizio Mancinelli (composer), Mindy Johnson (author), and Alice Davis (Disney Imagineering Legend)

Pat and Tom Sito

Pat and Tom Sito

Theatre.. front row is Patty and Mike Peraza (animator, Art Director Little Mermaid 2nd row Pat and Tom Sito

Theatre.. front row is Patty and Mike Peraza (animator, Art Director Little Mermaid)
2nd row Pat and Tom Sito

Patrick Warburton, an American actor of television, film, and voice, was the host of the event. Some of his roles include the following: Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove and its sequels, paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson on Family Guy, and bodyguard Brock Samson on The Venture Bros. He was an able host for the event. Many remarked “It takes a comedian to anchor an award show.” Sitting for three hours or longer does require comedic relief. Additionally, a comedian is able to recover quickly in the event of unexpected glitches, which occur even in the best of times.

Patrick Warburton, host

Patrick Warburton, host

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Annie screen

Annie screen

The evening was filled with unusual and unexpected moments, while moving along at a brisk pace. But this actually lightened and enriched the evening. The first such moment occurred when the winner of the Best Student Film Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch was announced. Tom Kenny (Voice of the Ice King and Sponge Bob Square Pants) was one of the presenters with Cloris Leachman. Tom reminded the winner to be careful on the way to the stage and Cloris Leachman finished his sentence in her voice from Young Frankenstein saying “The stairs can be treacherous.” Viola Baier arrived on the stage to accept her award. Screaming all the way “Oh my God”, she arrived barefoot as she had lost both her shoes! Cloris kissed her on the lips and brushed her hair from her face, which was a surprise comedic moment as well. Cloris was funny, like a younger version of Betty White. However veteran comedic host Tom Kenny had to rein her in unobtrusively and gently so the winners could accept their awards and the show could go on. And later on it was Tom’s turn to take center stage when he won the Annie for Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production as the voice of Ice King, Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios.

Alice Davis with June Foray ..Charles Solomon, animation critic, and Frank Gladstone, president of ASIFA-Hollywood

Alice Davis with June Foray ..Charles Solomon, animation critic, and Frank Gladstone, president of ASIFA-Hollywood

Disney Legend Alice Davis accepted the June Foray Award, which is given to individuals who have made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation. Alice graciously accepted the Award from her good friend, June Foray, who attended the event in spite of a fall that she had recently.

Alice Davis and Charles Solomon

Alice Davis and Charles Solomon

Frozen0001

Frozen won five Annies, which could be an indication of good luck for the upcoming Oscar for the Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards on March 2. At the Annies, Frozen won Best Animated Feature, Best Directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Best Music, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production, which was accepted by Art Director, Mike Giaimo, and a Voice Acting win for Josh Gad (Olaf), who also was a presenter.

Some of the other presenters were: actors Mariska Hargitay, Ariel Winter, director Rob Minkoff and Nancy Cartwright.

Actress Ariel Winter, Actor Max Charles and director Rob Minkoff. Rob directed the soon to be released "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" from DreamWorks Animation, and the kids are voices in the movie (Max Charles (Sherman) and Ariel Winter (Penny Peterson)). Rob co-directed The Lion King and directed the film Stuart Little.

Actress Ariel Winter, Actor Max Charles and director Rob Minkoff. Rob directed the soon to be released “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” from DreamWorks Animation, and the kids are voices in the movie (Max Charles (Sherman) and Ariel Winter (Penny Peterson)). Rob co-directed The Lion King and directed the film Stuart Little.

Michael Giaimo., Art Director of Frozen, accepting the award for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Michael Giaimo., Art Director of Frozen, accepting the award for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Tom Kenny, Voice of the Ice King, accepting the award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Tom Kenny, Voice of the Ice King, accepting the award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Directors of Frozen

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Directors of Frozen

Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Producer of Frozen and Chris Buck

Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Producer of Frozen and Chris Buck

Comedian Bill Farmer, who is known for voicing Goofy and Pluto, was a highlight of the evening with his humorous portrayal in top hat and coat of legendary animator, Winsor McCay. It appeared that he, as McCay, was giving orders in an interactive routine to a trained dinosaur, Gertie, on the screen behind him.

Bill Farmer (Voice of Goofy and Pluto), who acted the part of Winsor McCay, with wife Jennifer

Bill Farmer (Voice of Goofy and Pluto), who acted the part of Winsor McCay, with wife Jennifer

The Winsor McCay recipients were Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. The Ub Iwerks Award was presented to Dragonframe. The Special Achievement award was presented to the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Expo and Certificate of Merit to the documentary I Know That Voice.

After the ceremony, the guests retired to the dining area’s various stations loaded with different foods and beverages. The guests floated from the interior rooms to the patio outside, dining while visiting and congratulating friends.

Rick Familoe and Amanda Raymond, writer

Rick Familoe and Amanda Raymond

David Wormersley (Animator), Lisa Keene (Animator), David Derks (Fox producer and ASIFA-Hollywood Board), Josh Gad (Voice Actor), Andrew Millstein (general manager of Disney Feature Animation), Rick Farmiloe (Animator)

David Wormersley (Animator), Lisa Keene (Animator), David Derks (Fox producer and ASIFA-Hollywood Board), Josh Gad (Voice Actor), Andrew Millstein (general manager of Disney Feature Animation), Rick Farmiloe (Animator)

June Foray

June Foray

Patty Peraza, Michael Giaimo, Mike Peraza

Patty Peraza, Michael Giaimo, Mike Peraza

Jerry Beck (animation historian and cartoon producer), Frank Gladstone (President of ASIFA-Hollywood, animator, producer), Scarlett Stahl (writer) and Tom Kenny (Voice Artist- Ice King and Sponge Bob Square Pants) Photo by David Yeh

Jerry Beck (animation historian and cartoon producer), Frank Gladstone (President of ASIFA-Hollywood, animator, producer), Scarlett Stahl (writer) and Tom Kenny (Voice Artist- Ice King and Sponge Bob Square Pants) Photo by David Yeh

THE 41ST ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD WINNERS ARE:

Best Animated Feature:
Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production:
Chipotle Scarecrow, Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios, CAA Marketing

Best Animated Short Subject:
Get A Horse!,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:
Despicable Me 2, Cinemark
- Universal Pictures

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children:
Disney Sofia the First
- Disney Television Animation

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience:
Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Futurama,20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Video Game:
The Last of Us, Naughty Dog

Best Student Film
Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch

Animated Effects in an Animated Production:
Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:
Michael Balog, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Conran, Florian Witzel, Pacific Rim, Industrial Light & Magic

Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production:
Kureha Yokoo, Toy Story of Terror!,Pixar Animation Studios

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production:
Jakob Jensen, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Live Action Production:
Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gollum,Weta Digital

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Paul Rudish, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, Shane Prigmore, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Angus MacLane, Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar Animation Studios

Directing in an Animated Feature Production:
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Christopher Willis, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart, The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene, David Womersley, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Daniel Chong, Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar Animation Studios

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production:
Dean Kelly, Monsters University, Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Tom Kenny as the voice of Ice King, Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Lewis Morton, Futurama, 20th Century Fox Television

Writing in an Animated Feature Production:
Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises,Studio Ghibli/Touchstone Pictures/The Walt Disney Studios

Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Illya Owens, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production:
Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom, Monsters University, Pixar Animation Studios

Winsor McCay Award:
Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg, Phil Tippett

June Foray Award:
Alice Davis

Ub Iwerks Award:
Dragonframe

Special Achievement Award:
Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation eXpo

Certificate of Merit:
I Know That Voice

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  1. Great work from the people on Frozen! It’s nice to see them honored as well, though I’m still shocked the Best Voice Acting thing went to Josh Gad instead of either of the female leads, both of whom got MANY more lines. I mean, Kristen Bell was all OVER that movie.