Toon Time: Annie Awards release nominations for best animation of the year

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of animation. The medium is constantly developing new techniques and technologies to make its productions look better than ever, as the line between animation and special-effect-laden live action like The Jungle Book continues to blur. Animation has never been more welcome by audiences either, with six animated movies having already cleared $100 million in the domestic box office, and two — Zootopia and Finding Dory — having made over a billion worldwide.

Now it’s that time of year again when the men and women behind the cartoons we love come together to honor the best work of the year with their nominations for the International Animated Film Association’s Annie Awards. The Annie Awards have been given out annually since 1972, and encompass a number of categories, from the obvious “Best Animated Feature” to “Best Student Film” to “Character Animation in a Video Game” and much more. Animation has worked its way into every aspect of both animated and live-action television and movies, commercials, video games, and everything in between, and the Annie’s awards have grown to reflect that.

This year’s standouts include Disney’s Zootopia (which you can find out where we ranked it among Disney animated features) and Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings with eleven and ten nominations respectively, with the year’s second Walt Disney Animation feature, Moana in third with six. Notable inclusions for the geek-o-sphere include nominations for Netflix’s Voltron, for Doctor Strange’s Mirror Dimension effects, Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards, and for the music of Star Wars Rebels’ second season finale.

Read on for all the nominations for this year’s Annie Awards, and be sure to let us know your picks in the comments below!

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kung Fu Panda 3

Moana

Zootopia

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - INDEPENDENT

Long Way North

Miss Hokusai

My Life As A Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Your Name.

 

BEST ANIMATED SPECIAL PRODUCTION

Audrie & Daisy

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll

Little Big Awesome

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT

Blind Vaysha

Deer Flower

Path Title Sequence

Pearl

Piper

 

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST COMMERCIAL

Duelyst

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Lily & the Snowman

Loteria 'Night Shift'

The Importance of Paying Attention: Teeth

 

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

Ask the StoryBots

-Episode: Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?

Peg + Cat

-Episode: Peg + Cat, "The Disappearing Art Problem"

Puffin Rock- The First Snow

-Episode: 59

The Stinky & Dirty Show

-Episode: Squeak

Tumble Leaf

-Episode: Mighty Mud Movers/Having a Ball

 

BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

Adventure Time

-Episode: Bad Jubies

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender

-Epiode: Return of the Gladiator

Elena of Avalor

-Episode: A Day to Remember

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

-Episode: Trans-Dimensional Turtles

Wander Over Yonder

-Episode: My Fair Hatey

 

BEST GENERAL AUDIENCE ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Bob's Burgers

-Episode: Glued, Where's My Bob?

BoJack Horseman

-Episode: Fish Out of Water

Long Live The Royals

-Episode: Punk Show

The Simpsons

-Episode: Barthood

The Venture Bros

-Episode: Hostile Makeover

 

BEST STUDENT FILM

Citipati

FISHWITCH

The Abyss

The Wrong End of the Stick

Twiddly Things

 

ANIMATED EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED PRODUCTION

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kung Fu Panda 3

Moana

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

 

ANIMATED EFFECTS IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION

Deepwater Horizon- The Rig

Doctor Strange- Mirror Dimesion

Ghostbusters

The BFG

Warcraft- Magic

 

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Atomic Puppet

DreamWorks Trollhunters

-Episode: Becoming, Part 1

The Snowy Day

Tumble Leaf

-Episode: Thinking Outside The Hoop/Fig's Hay-Maze-ing Wander

Tumble Leaf

-Episode: Might Mud Movers/Having A Ball

 

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kung Fu Panda 3

Zootopia (1)

Zootopia (2)

 

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION

Captain America: Civil War- Spider-Man

Game of Thrones Battle of the Bastards Series 6 Episode 9

The Jungle Book (1)

The Jungle Book (2)

Warcraft- Orcs

 

CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A VIDEO GAME

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends

Titanfall 2

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Witcher 3 Expansion Packs- Character Animation Reel

 

CHARACTER DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Counterfeit Cat

-Episode: 28 Seconds Later

DreamWorks Trollhunters

-Episode: Win, Lose or Draal

Pig Goat Banana Cricket

-Episode: It's Time to Slumber Party

Rain or Shine

-Episode: N/A

Wander Over Yonder

-Episode: The Night Out

 

CHARACTER DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

The Secret Life of Pets

Trolls

Zootopia

 

DIRECTING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

A Love Story

-Episode: N/A

Adventure Time

-Episode: Bad Jubies

Open Season: Scared Silly

-Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly

Pearl

-Episode: N/A

Wander Over Yonder

-Episode: My Fair Hatey

 

DIRECTING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE

Kubo and the Two Strings- Travis Knight

My Life As A Zucchini- Claude Barras

The Red Turtle- Michael Dudok de Wit

Your Name- Makoto Shinkai

Zootopia- Byron Howard and Rich Moore

 

MUSIC IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Bob's Burgers

-Episode: Glued, Where's My Bob

Disney Mickey Mouse

-Episode: Dancevidaniya

DreamWorks Trollhunters

-Episode: Becoming, Part 1

Pearl

Episode: N/A

Star Wars Rebels

Episode: #2-24: "Twilight of the Apprentice"

 

MUSIC IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Sing

The Little Prince

The Red Turtle

The Secret Lif of Pets

 

PRODUCTION IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Adventure Time

-Episode: Bad Jubies

Pearl

-Episode: N/A

Puffin Rock

-Episode: The First Snow

Rain or Shine

-Episdode: N/A

The Mr. Peabody & SHerman Show

-Episode: The Wrath of Hughes

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kung Fu Panda 3

The Little Prince

Trolls

 Zootopia

 

STORYBOARDING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Atomic Puppet

-Episode: Sick Day

Disney Miskey Mouse

-Episode: Road Hogs

DreamWorks Trollhunters

-Episode: Win, Lose or Draal

Milo Murphy's Law

-Episode: Going the Extra Milo"

The Adventures of Puss in Boots

-Episode: Prey Time

 

STORYBOARDING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Trolls

Zootopia

 

VOICE ACTING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

BoJack Horseman

-Episode: Multiple Episodes

Open Season: Scared Silly

-Episode: Open Season: Scared Silly

Splash and Bubbles

-Episode: #102 "I Only Have Eyespots/Double Bubbles"

Star Wars Rebels

-Episode: #3-05: "Hera's Heroes"

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show

-Episode: Ponce de León

 

VOICE ACTING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Storks

Trolls

Zootopia

 

WRITING IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

Bob's Burgers

-Episode: The Hormone-iums

Gravity Falls

-Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls

Puffin Rock-The First Snow

-Episode: 59

The Simpsons

-Episode: Barthood

The Simpsons

-Episode: The Burns Cage

 

WRITING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

Kubo and the Two Strings

My Life As A Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

 

EDITORIAL IN AN ANIMATED TELEVISION/BROADCAST PRODUCTION

All Hail Kin Julien

-Episode: King Julien Superstar!

Bob's Burgers

-Episode Sea Me Now

Disney Mickey Mouse

-Episode: Sock Burglar

Gravity Falls

-Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: take Back the Falls

Star Wars Rebels

-Episode: #2-24: "Twilight of the Apprentice"

EDITORIAL IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE PRODUCTION

April and hte Exrtraordinary World

Kubo and the Two Strings

 Moana

 Sausage Party

Zootopia

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