'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'Rango' lead Annie award nominations

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Image Credit: DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 picked up 12 nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards — announced today by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood — including Best Animated Feature and Best Director. DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and Paramount’s Rango won nine nods, and Pixar’s Cars 2 earned seven. Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture The Adventures of Tintin won five nods, including Best Feature; the last animated film built from performances by live actors to earn a nod for the top prize at the Annies was 2006’s Monster House.

Curiously, Cars 2 did not earn nominations for director John Lasseter, the film’s screenplay, or any of its voice talent. Last year, Disney and Pixar boycotted the Annies over a dispute concerning its voting practices (although Disney and Pixar films were still eligible for nominations), but both companies rejoined the awards this year.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2012, at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Check out a list of the top nominees below: 

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris – Folimage
Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L.
Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations
Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited
Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation
Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation
Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Rio – Blue Sky Studios
The Adventures of Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Best General Audience Animated TV Show
Archer – FX Productions
Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Warner Bros. Animation
Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas – Hallmark
MAD – Warner Bros. Animation
Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 – Starburns Industries, Inc.
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
The Simpsons – Gracie Films

Best Animated Video Game
Bumpy Road – Simogo
Catherine – Atlus
Gears of War 3 – Epic Games
Gesundheit – Konami Digital Entertainment
Ghost Trick: “Phantom Detective” – Capcom
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell
Ratchet and Clark: All 4 One – Insomniac
Rayman Origins – Ubisoft Montpellier
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Naughty Dog

Best Directing in a Feature Production
Carlos Saldanha, Rio
Chris Miller, Puss In Boots
Don Hall & Stephen Anderson, Winnie The Pooh
Gore Verbinski, Rango
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Kung Fu Panda 2
Kelly Asbury, Gnomeo & Juliet

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Ashley Jensen as Bryony — Arthur Christmas
Bill Nighy as Grandsanta — Arthur Christmas
Gary Oldman as Shen — Kung Fu Panda 2
James Hong as Mr. Ping — Kung Fu Panda 2
Jemaine Clement as Nigel — Rio
Jim Cummings as Featherstone — Gnomeo and Juliet
Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty — Puss In Boots

Writing in a Feature Production
Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Kathy Greenberg, Emily Cook, Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton — Gnomeo & Juliet
Brian Kesinger, Kendelle Hoyer, Don Dougherty, Clio Chiang, Don Hall, Stephen Anderson — Winnie The Pooh
John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit — Rango
Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham — Arthur Christmas
Steve Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cronish — The Adventures of Tintin

Click here for the full list of nominees.

Read more:
‘Dragon’ on fire at 2010 Annie Awards
‘Toy Story,’ ‘Dragon,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Illusionist’ up for Annie Awards


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