The nominations for the 44th Annual Annie Awards have just been released with Pixar Animation Studios receiving 4 well-deserved nominations. The Annie Awards are presented to those who excel in the animation field and are voted upon by professionals of ASIFA Hollywood (International Animated Film Association).
If you recall, Pixar Animation Studios received 25 nominations at last years’ 43rd Annie Awards (winning 11 awards) with Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and Sanjay’s Super Team being honored. This year with only one feature film released in 2016, Pixar received three nominations for Finding Dory and one nomination for Piper.
Best Animated Feature
- Finding Dory – Pixar Animation Studios
- Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA
- Kung Fu Panda 3 – DreamWorks Animation
- Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios
- Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated Short Subject
- Blind Vaysha – National Film Board of Canada
- Deer Flower – Studio ZAZAC
- Path Title Sequence – Acme Filmworks
- Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures
- Piper – Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production
- Finding Dory – Pixar Animation Studios – Character Development and Animation: Erick Oh Character: All Characters
- Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Animator: Jan Maas Character: Multiple
- Kung Fu Panda 3 – DreamWorks Animation – Animation Supervisor: Ludovic Bouancheau, Character: Various
- Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Animator : Dave Hardin Character: Judy Hopps, Stu Hopps, Bonnie Hopps, Chief Bogo, Nick Wilde
- Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Animator : Chad Sellers Character: Mr. Big, Koslov, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Flash
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
- Finding Dory – Pixar Animation Studios – Storyboard Artist: Trevor Jimenez
- Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Storyboard Artist: Mark Garcia
- Moana – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Storyboard Artist: Normand Lemay
- Trolls – DreamWorks Animation – Storyboard Artist: Claire Morrissey
- Zootopia – Walt Disney Animation Studios – Storyboard Artist: Dean Wellins
Congratulations to those honored with nominations and to both teams of Finding Dory and Piper. We continue to be impressed with the dedication and teamwork put forth on each project. For more of our thoughts regarding the films, read our review on Finding Dory and listen to our interview with Piper director Alan Barillaro – then be sure to share your thoughts with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum and state your predictions for the 44th Annie Awards.
The 44th Annie Awards will take place on February 4, 2017.