“Rango” won four Annie Awards including the big prize of Best Animated Feature while one of its Oscar rivals, “Kung Fu Panda 2” won two races and another, “Puss in Boots,” lost all of its bids. “The Adventures of Tintin” also took home two trophies at the 39th annual kudos held Saturday. (See full list of winners here.)
Besides the top honor, Paramount’s “Rango” also won for writing, editing and character design. However director Gore Verbinski was bested by Jennifer Yuh Nelson who helmed the sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” While the original DreamWorks production swept the Annies in 2008 with 10 wins, the sequel had to settle for just two (the other being production design).
Oscar nominee John Williams won for his score for “The Adventures of Tintin” which also won for animated effects.
After last year’s withdrawal from the process by Pixar and Disney, their films were back in formal contention. Pixar’s “Cars 2” received eight nominations, including a Best Animated Feature bid, but lost all of them. Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” was up for seven awards though it was snubbed in the top race; it won storyboarding.
All of the awards were decided by committees drawn from industry professionals. The general membership bestowed the newly created Favorite Film award to “Rango.”
The other three studio nominees for Best Animated Feature were Amblin’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” Sony’s “Arthur Christmas” and “Rio” from Blue Sky Studios with the European films “Arrugas,” “A Cat in Paris” and “Chico & Rita” rounding out the field. Those last two films round out the Oscar field.
Two of the Oscar contenders for Best Visual Effects won Annies in the live action categories: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” won character animation while “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” took animated effects.
On the TV front, “Prep & Landing” won four awards, “The Simpsons” won three races including the general audience awards and “Penguins of Madagascar” took two prizes including voice actor for Jeff Bennett. Bill Nighy won the film version of this award for voicing Grandsanta in “Arthur Christmas.”