Feb. 05, 2006

'Wallace & Gromit' best feature at Annie Awards

Hunks of hand-crafted clay trounced modern computer-animated images Saturday to take top honors at the 33rd Annual Annie Awards, honoring achievements in feature film and television animation.

"Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit" from DreamWorks Animation SKG took the prize for best feature production. The film, which used computer animation only for some short scenes, beat the digitally animated films "Chicken Little" from The Walt Disney Co. and "Madagascar" also from DreamWorks.

The Annie Awards are presented by The International Animated Film Society. The awards often predict the winner of the Academy Award's best animated film category.

"Wallace & Gromit" also captured best directing honors for Nick Park and Steve Box, and won for best music and writing.