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2018 Annie Awards winners: Complete list led by ‘Coco’ and ‘The Breadwinner’

Winners of the 45th annual Annie Awards were revealed on Feb. 3, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Pixar‘s Oscar frontrunner “Coco” won all 11 of its races. Its main Academy Awards rival, “The Breadwinner,” won just one of its 10 bids. The Annies, which hand out awards in 36 categories, are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Assn. Scroll down for the complete list of winners.

In addition to these three dozen competitive awards, honorary ones named for Windsor McKay were presented to honor the career achievement and exceptional contributions to the industry of British character animator James Baxter, “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg and the Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis. The Ub Iwerks Award was presented to TVPaint for its versatile software for 2D animation, the Special Achievement Award went to Cuphead, the 1930s inspired wonder-game from StudioMDHR and the June Foray
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Annie Awards 2018: ‘Coco’ Sweeps with 11 Wins, ‘The Breadwinner’ Takes Best Indie

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“Coco,” Pixar’s Oscar-frontrunning love letter to Mexico and Día de los Muertos, took animated feature honors Saturday at Asifa-Hollywood’s 45th Annie Awards (at UCLA’s Royce Hall). GKids additionally earned the independent award for “The Breadwinner,” the powerful Afghan drama, directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon, and executive produced by Angelina Jolie.

“Coco,” in fact, swept the Annies with a record 11 wins (including directing for Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, writing for Molina and Matthew Aldrich, character animation, character design, production design, effects, storyboarding, voice acting for Anthony Ganzalez as Miguel, music, and editorial).

Meanwhile, the controversial “Dear Basketball” (powered by Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Disney legend Glen Keane) won the short contest, while Oscar-nominated “Revolting Rhymes” (adapted from Roald Dahl poems) took special production honors for Magic Light Pictures. It remains to be seen, though, if the Academy will reward the Oscar-nominated “Dear Basketball,
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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sweeps 45th Annie Awards

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sweeps 45th Annie Awards
Coco,” Pixar’s colorful journey through the Land of the Dead, swept the 45th Annie Awards on Saturday, winning in every category in which it was nominated, picking up 11 trophies overall, including best animated feature.

“Coco” also won prizes for direction (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina), voice acting (Anthony Gonzalez), animated effects (Shaun Galinak, Dave Hale, Jason Johnston, Carl Kaphan and Keith Daniel Klohn), character animation (John Chun Chiu Lee), character design (Daniel Arriaga, Daniela Strijleva, Greg Dykstra, Alonso Martinez and Zaruhi Galstyan), music (Michael Giacchino, Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Germaine Franco and Adrian Molina), production design (Harley Jessup, Danielle Feinberg, Bryn Imagire, Nathaniel McLaughlin and Ernesto Nemesio), storyboarding (Dean Kelly), writing (Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich) and editorial (Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich, Greg Snyder and Tim Fox).

Coming on the heels its Golden Globe win for animated feature, the Annies victory cements “Coco’s” position as the frontrunner in the category for the Oscars.

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sweeps 45th Annie Awards

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sweeps 45th Annie Awards
Coco,” Pixar’s colorful journey through the Land of the Dead, swept the 45th Annie Awards on Saturday, winning in every category in which it was nominated, picking up 11 trophies overall, including best animated feature.

“Coco” also won prizes for direction (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina), voice acting (Anthony Gonzalez), animated effects (Shaun Galinak, Dave Hale, Jason Johnston, Carl Kaphan and Keith Daniel Klohn), character animation (John Chun Chiu Lee), character design (Daniel Arriaga, Daniela Strijleva, Greg Dykstra, Alonso Martinez and Zaruhi Galstyan), music (Michael Giacchino, Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Germaine Franco and Adrian Molina), production design (Harley Jessup, Danielle Feinberg, Bryn Imagire, Nathaniel McLaughlin and Ernesto Nemesio), storyboarding (Dean Kelly), writing (Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich) and editorial (Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich, Greg Snyder and Tim Fox).

Coming on the heels its Golden Globe win for animated feature, the Annies victory cements “Coco’s” position as the frontrunner in the category for the Oscars.

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How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)

How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)
Perhaps one of the most unusual and surprising shows to open on Broadway in 2017 is a musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. An international sensation, the long-running cartoon about the adventures of a yellow anthropomorphic sea sponge and his underwater friends living in the city of Bikini Bottom has spawned two movies, video games and theme park rides.

Now, SpongeBob’s eclectic world is the source of a delightful new theater production conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book written by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show, playing at The Palace Theatre, stars Ethan Slater as the titular sponge, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

“When I heard that they were developing it, my head exploded,” says Jarrow, who jumped at the opportunity to be part of the production. Having worked in theater
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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops the Annie Awards with 13 Nominations, Winners and Losers

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops the Annie Awards with 13 Nominations, Winners and Losers
Pixar’s Día de los Muertos saga, “Coco,” the Oscar frontrunner, led the pack with 13 nominations for the 45th Annie Awards, followed by GKid’s powerful indie fave, “The Breadwinner,” with 10. Both are expected to win the top categories for feature and indie feature at the February 3rd Asifa-Hollywood ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Coco” also picked up nominations for directing (Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina), character design, two each for character animation and storyboarding, writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich), Michael Giacchino’s music, production design, effects, editing, and voice acting for newcomer Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel.

The Breadwinner,” about a young girl forced to become a boy in Afghanistan, also collected nominations for directing (Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey), Mychael and Jeff Danna’s music, two voice acting bids for Saara Chaudry and Laara Sadiq, character design, production design, storyboarding, writing (Anita Doron), and editing.

Overall, GKids grabbed 16 nominations — for “The Breadwinner,
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Movie News Weekly: November 19-25, 2017: Coco, John Lasseter, Captain Marvel

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Movie News Weekly November 19-25, 2017 Movie News Weekly is a weekly videocast on the previous week’s film industry frivolities. Movie News Weekly is hosted by FilmBook, created and narrated by FilmBook author Mathieu Brunet. In this edition, Movie News Weekly covers: Coco delivers a strong opening during the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend Stephen Hillenberg, James Baxter, TVPaint, [...]

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners

Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. Asifa-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub…
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners

Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. Asifa-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub…
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Princess Grace Foundation-usa To Present James Cameron With Prince Rainier III Award

The Princess Grace Foundation-usa (Pgf-usa) is proud to announce that filmmaker James Cameron will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding contributions to the arts and his exemplary give-back.

Mr. Cameron will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. The Foundation will also introduce the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship, a gift awarded annually in support of emerging animators in the film category. The evening will include a special dance performance by past Princess Grace Award winners Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, and Joseph Wiggan.

The 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala celebrates the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary and continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco,
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James Cameron to Receive Prince Rainier III Award From Princess Grace Foundation

James Cameron to Receive Prince Rainier III Award From Princess Grace Foundation
Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron will receive the Prince Rainier III Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-usa on Oct. 25 in Beverly Hills.

Cameron will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala, which will introduce the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship for young, emerging animators in film. The evening also will include a special dance performance by past Princess Grace Award winners Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith and Joseph Wiggan.

The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes renowned leaders in the arts whose achievements are coupled with demonstrated service to their communities. Cameron, who has directed the two highest-grossing films of all...
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What if Spongebob Squarepants Was an Anime?

Spongebob Squarepants an innovative cartoon series that premiered on May 1, 1999. Created by Stephen Hillenburg Spongebob Squarepants became a jewel in the crown of the Nickelodeon Network. Everyone loved the catchy theme song sang out by Painty the Pirate and a group of unseen children. Painty asks “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” And the kids shout out “SpongeBob SquarePants!” Even adults cannot help liking some of the quirky characters who live in the fictional undersea world of Bikini Bottom. The premise is goofy and just plain fun. There have been, however, rumors, urban legends and Creepypasta

What if Spongebob Squarepants Was an Anime?
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Comic-Con 2017: Watch a Clip from the SpongeBob Halloween Special

Last year Mondo brought out the fun horror side of SpongeBob Squarepants with their Hash Slinging Slasher poster, and now Nickelodeon is giving horror fans who enjoy a little pineapple under the sea another reason to rejoice, as they've announced a stop-motion SpongeBob Halloween special premiering this October, and you can watch the first clip right now:

Press Release: Fans filled the room to the gills at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom panel on Saturday, July 22. During the panel, series’ notable voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) and surprise guest Brian Doyle Murray (Flying Dutchman) performed a live table read of a fan-picked classic episode, “Shanghaied.”

Moderated by Claudia Spinelli (Executive in Charge, SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon), a look at the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion special was given from Nickelodeon
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Annecy: Disney TV Animation’s Eric Coleman on 4 Guiding Principles of Animation

Annecy: Disney TV Animation’s Eric Coleman on 4 Guiding Principles of Animation
Annecy, France — “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Disney executives aren’t that well known for phrasing verities in French, so Disney Television Animation’s Eric Coleman made an impact from the get-go at France’s Annecy Festival where he delivered a masterclass on Thursday. But he wasn’t just showing off his lingo. The truths that Coleman teased out of his vocational 25-year animation career in the masterclass would look to apply as well to 1997 as 2017. That’s not because Coleman is a throwback. Rather, that the executive, who joined Disney Television Animation in 2008 after 15 years at Nickelodeon, has always been intimately connected with the craft of animation and its creators, whether spearheading development of the Emmy and Annie-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts or “Gravity Falls” and more recent series “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” at Dta or as the Nick exec who championed the
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Nickelodeon renews SpongeBob SquarePants for 12th season

SpongeBob SquarePants, the number one animated kids show on TV, has been renewed for a twelfth season of television by its network Nickelodeon.

The 26 episode season is scheduled to begin in 2019 which will be the series’ 20th year anniversary.

Season 11 of the show is set to debut this very summer, and Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob movie which is set for release during 2019 as well.

SpongeBob SquarePants revolves around the underwater adventures of SpongeBob, his friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and Squidward.

The series, which debuted back in 1999, is executive produced by the show’s creator Stephen Hillenburg, and features the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, and Carolyn Lawrence.
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TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12

TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12
In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”

Renewals

Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Casting

Richard Kind has been cast in the guest starring role of Benny Konopka in Electric Entertainment’s series “The Librarians,” which will run for a fourth season on TNT this winter. “The
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Entertainment Education: 30 Stellar Film Schools in 2017

Variety picks 30 stellar academies in the U.S. and abroad:

Altos de Chavon Film School

Dominican Republic

The La Romana film school is a two-year program in audiovisual media, offering both theoretical and practical study in screenwriting, film production, animation techniques, digital post-production and design. The school integrates its other disciplines — fine art, fashion and visual communication — into the film studies program to provide a broader perspective of artistic and cultural images.

Boston University

Boston

Entering the second year of offering its pioneering Mfa in cinema and media production, Boston University’s Department of Film and Television at its College of Communication promotes a collaborative team approach focused on developing, prepping and shooting a thesis project, aimed at preparing students for the creative collaboration they will experience in the professional sphere.

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Calif.

CalArts boasts a list of distinguished alumni, including Tim Burton, Brenda Chapman,
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Has Als

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the long-running hit Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Als. The 55-year-old animator shared a statement with Variety announcing the diagnosis and his intent to continue working on the series, which has been on the air since 1999. Watch: Antonio Banderas Talks […]
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Announces He’s Been Diagnosed With Als

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Announces He’s Been Diagnosed With Als
Stephen Hillenburg, the man behind “SpongeBob SquarePants,” revealed to Variety that he has been diagnosed with Als.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ’SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able,”he told the trade publication. “My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored at this time.”

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Nickelodeon, which airs “SpongeBob SquarePants,” also released a statement: “Stephen Hillenburg is a brilliant creator who brings joy to millions of fans. Our thoughts and support are with Steve and his family during this difficult time. Out of respect for their wishes for privacy, we have no further comment.”

Hillenburg translated his love of the ocean and its creatures first into becoming a marine
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Diagnosed with ALS

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Diagnosed with ALS
It’s a sad day in Bikini Bottom — and here, too: Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of “SpongeBob Squarepants,” has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In a statement Monday, the 55-year-old Hillenburg said that he would continue to work on the animated series “for a long as I am able.” “I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with Als,” Hillenburg said. “Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able.
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