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Nominations for 29TH Annual ANNIE Awards Announced

Honoring outstanding achievement in animation By DMN Staff Writer
ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, has announces its nominations for the 29th Annual Annie Awards. Honoring outstanding achievement in animation, this year's 26 categories recognize feature films, television programming and commercials, home videos, electronic media, and short subjects/special projects in categories ranging from directing, writing and voice acting to production design, storyboarding and music score.

Final winners will be announced at the annual black-tie awards ceremony and gala reception, Saturday, November 10, 2001 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.


2001 Annie Award Nominations Highlights:

* Shrek, from DreamWorks/PDI, scored big with 12 nominations including Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Theatrical Feature, as well as nominations for Writing and Voice Acting (male) and multiple nominations within Character Animation, Effects Animation and Production Design categories.

* Right behind with 11 nominations, Walt Disney Feature Animation's The Emperor's New Groove garnered nods for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature as well as nominations for Directing, Song, Production Design, Storyboarding, Writing and Voice Acting (female).

* Osmosis Jones (Warner Bros. Animation) and Blood: The Last Vampire (SPE Visual Works, Sony Computer Entertainment, IG Plus, IPA) join Shrek and The Emperor's New Groove to round out the nominations for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature. Warner Bros.' Osmosis Jones and Walt Disney Feature Animation's The Lost Empire each garnered 6 nominations.

Overall, Walt Disney Feature Animation earned an impressive 17 nominations; Warner Bros. Animation (features only) and DreamWorks (including DreamWorks/PDI) each garnered 13.

In television, Nickelodeon Animation Studio received a total of 15 nominations with the studio's The Fairly OddParents and Invader Zim each garnering 6 nominations. Both productions earned nominations for Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late-night Animated Television Production and nods for Directing and Music Score as well as others.

Walt Disney Television Animation came away with 11 nominations including 4 nominations for Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. Futurama (The Curiosity Company in Association with Twentieth Century Fox Television), The Simpsons (Gracie Films in Association with Twentieth Century Fox Television) and Time Squad (Cartoon Network Studio) join The Fairly OddParents and Invader Zim for Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late-night Animated Television Production.

Founded in 1972 by ASIFA member and veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades. Tickets for the November 10th Annie Awards ceremony and gala reception are $50 for the general public and $35 for ASIFA-Hollywood members. For tickets and information, contact ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330.

ASIFA is the French acronym for "Association Internationale du Film D'Animation," an organization founded in 1957 in France by a group of professional animators and chartered by UNESCO in 1960 to encourage the art of animation and further international understanding and goodwill through the animation medium. Today, there are ASIFA chapters in nearly 30 countries worldwide.

For further information on the 29th Annual Annie Awards, please contact ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330 or visit www.asifa-hollywood.org.


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