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How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Simpsons and Disney Mickey Mouse win big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards

The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…

Animated feature

Big Hero 6″ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin'” – Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ – DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea” – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life” – Reel FX

The Boxtrolls” – Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie” – Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Animated special production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC

“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation

How Murray Saved Christmas” – Universal Television
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The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).

Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:

Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The BoxtrollsFocus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release
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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin' - Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea - Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life - Reel FX

The Boxtrolls - Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya - Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC

Dawn of the
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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations
Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category
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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled

Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled
Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin’

Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea

Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life

Reel FX

The Boxtrolls

Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Voyager
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Morning Meme: Sir Ian Finds "The Hobbit" Coins "Splendiferous," Big Bird Joins "Weekend Update," and Rosie O'Donnell Wants To Buy Honey Boo Boo a House

Sir Ian McKellen has given his blessing to the new stamps and coins that New Zealand is issuing in honor of The Hobbit. "To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea." The coins are legal tender, and feature several characters.

This article about parents wanting to help their kids come out is touching, and reminds me that 15 years ago this month I came out to my mom, who had a fairly typical reaction, but also said "I guess I've always known." Thanks, mom.

There's a push underway to locate and preserve the British episodes of Fraggle Rock in the run up to the anniversary of the show. I wasn't aware that the British episodes were different, with The Captain, his lighthouse and Sprocket substituting for Doc and his workshop. Only 12 episodes of the British version are known to have survived.

SyFy has picked up a reality show
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