2012 Annie Award nominees, honoring the best in animation, announced

Which of 2012’s animated films drew the most applause?

According to the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, the options include Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and DreamWorks’s Rise of the Guardians. All three — among others — were nominated for animation’s highest honor today when the group named the contenders for its 40th annual Annie Awards. The prizes will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

See who else made the cartoon cut with this list of nominees for the Annie Awards’ biggest honors. A full list of nominees can be found at the awards’ website.

Best Animated Feature
Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation
ParaNorman – Focus Features
Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations
The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS
Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation
Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation
Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Best Animated Short Subject
Brad and Gary – Illumination Entertainment
Bydlo – National Film Board of Canada
Eyes on the Stars – StoryCorps
Goodnight Mr. Foot – Sony Pictures Animation
Kali the Little Vampire – National Film Board of Canada
Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Paperman – Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Simpsons — ‘Bill Plympton Couch Gag’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Best Animated Television Commercial
NO NOMINATIONS

Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children
Bubble Guppies, ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Chuggington, ‘Magnetic Wilson’ – Ludorum
Jake & The Never Land Pirates, ‘Peter Pan Returns’ – Disney TV Animation
Doc McStuffins, ‘The Right Stuff’ – Disney TV Animation
Justin Time, ‘Marcello’s Meatballs’ – Guru Studio

Best Animated Television Production For Children
Adventure Time, ‘Princess Cookie’ – Cartoon Network Studios
Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation
LEGO Star Wars, ‘The Empire Strikes Out’ – Threshold Animation Studios
Penguins of Madagascar, ‘Action Reaction’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
SpongeBob SquarePants, ‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
The Amazing World of Gumball, ‘The Job’ – Turner Broadcasting System Europe, Ltd.
The Fairly OddParents, ‘Farm Pit’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
The Legend of Korra, ‘Welcome to Republic City’/’A Leaf in the Wind – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Best General Audience Animated Television Production
Archer, ‘Space Race, Part 1’ – Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX
Bob’s Burgers, ‘Earsy Rider’ – 20th Century Fox TV
Motorcity, ‘Blond Thunder’ – Disney TV Animation
MAD, ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’ – Warner Bros. Animation
Robot Chicken, ‘DC Comics Special’ – Stoopid Buddy Studios
South Park, ‘Raising the Bar’ – Central Productions

Animated Video Game
Borderlands 2 – Gearbox Software
Family Guy – Back to the Mutiverse – Heavy Iron Studios
Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Skullgirls – Lab Zero Games

Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
James Patrick Stuart as Private, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘High Moltage’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Jeff Bennett as Keswick, T.U.F.F. Puppy, ‘Pup Daddy’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, Archer, ‘Lo Scandolo’ – Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX Network
Kevin Michael Richardson as Willem Viceroy, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, ‘Gossip Boy’ – Disney TV Animation
Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines, Gravity Falls, ‘Tourist Trapped’ – Disney TV Animation
Mae Whitman as April O’Neil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ‘Rise of the Turtles’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Sam Witwer as Darth Maul, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ‘Revenge’ – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Tom McGrath as Skipper, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘The Otter Woman’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Adam Sandler as Dracula, Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation
Alan Tudyk as King Candy, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Atticus Shaffer as “E” Gore, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
Catherine O’Hara as Weird Girl, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria, The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations
Jim Cummings as Budzo, Adventures in Zambezia – Saltzman Communications
Jude Law as Pitch, Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
Kelly MacDonald as Merida, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Doug Langdale, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, ‘Kung Fu Day Care’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Eric Horsted, Futurama, ‘The Bots and the Bees’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Gabe Garza, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘Endangerous Species’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Ian Maxtone-Graham, Billy Kimball, The Simpsons, ‘How I Wet Your Mother’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Kacey Arnold, Robot and Monster, ‘The Blimp’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh, Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘Animal House’ – DreamWorks Animation
Stephanie Gillis, The Simpsons, ‘A Tree Grows in Springfield’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Trey Parker, South Park, ‘Jewpacabra’ – Central Productions

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Chris Butler, ParaNorman – Focus Features
Gideon Defoe, The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations
Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Karey Kirkpatrick, From Up on Poppy Hill – GKIDS
John August, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Howie Parkins, Jake and The Never Land Pirates, ‘Peter Pan Returns!’ – Disney TV Animation
John Eng, Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘Animal House’ – DreamWorks Animation
Mark Cabalero, Seamus Walsh, SpongeBob SquarePants, ‘It’s a Spongebob Christmas’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Mic Graves, The Amazing World of Gumball, ‘The Job’ – Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd.
Michael Chang, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ‘Never Say Xever’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Zack Keller, Dick Figures, ‘Kung Fu Winners’ – 6 Point Media

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation
Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux, The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS
Remi Bezancon, Jean-Christophe Lie, Zarafa – GKIDS
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Sam Fell, Chris Butler, ParaNorman – Focus Features

JURIED AWARDS
Winsor McCay Award – Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam, Mark Henn
June Foray – Howard Green
Ub Iwerks – Toon Boom Animation Pipeline

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