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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Animation Awards nominations

The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society on January 30, 2005.

Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures) led the field with 16 nominations for “The Incredibles,” including Best Animated Feature as well as individual nominations for Character Design, Animated Effects, Character Animation, Directing, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting (Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone and Brad Bird as Edna Mode) and Writing.

DreamWorks Animation garnered 14 nominations overall for “Shrek 2” and “Shark Tale,” each with seven. “Shrek 2” captured nominations for Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Directing, Music, Storyboarding, Voice Acting (Antonio Banderas for Puss in Boots), and Writing. “Shark Tale” received its nominations for Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Production Design (three nominations) and Writing.

Rounding out the nominations for top animated feature are “Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence” from Go Fish Pictures (DreamWorks Animation) and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” from Peanut Worm Productions (Paramount Pictures).

For television, children’s favorite “SpongeBob SquarePants” shares the spotlight with its feature production counterpart having picked up a nomination for Best Animated Television Production. Other nominations in this category include “My Life As A Teenage Robot” from Frederator/Nickelodeon, “Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from Cartoon Network Studios, and “The Batman” from Warner Bros. Animation.

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