Heather Kenyon and Leigh Godfrey report on ASIFA-Hollywood's 29th Annual Annie Awards. A great night for Los Angeles' animation community, the event was a class act -- and fun too! Includes a photo gallery.
On November 10, 2001 at a gala ceremony hosted by voice actor Billy West, ASIFA-Hollywood's 29th Annual Annie Awards were presented. The big winner was Shrek, which took home eight Annie's including outstanding theatrical feature and outstanding directing for an animated feature. The Emperor's New Groove nabbed three awards, for female performer in an animated feature (Eartha Kitt as Yzma), best song and outstanding individual character animation. In television, once again The Simpsons took home the award for outstanding primetime show. Matt Groening's other creation, Futurama, took home awards for outstanding male performer in an animated television production and outstanding writing. Independent animation studio Wild Brain received awards for animated short subject and outstanding animated production for the Internet. Congratulations to everyone!
Join us for a photo gallery from the event.
The presenters kept the show moving at a fast and humorous clip. While last year's pre- and post- parties were dampened by an usually cold snap for California, this year the weather cooperated nicely and Glendale's Alex Theater was packed with a veritable who's who in the Los Angeles animation community. While 2001 has been a tough year for the industry, the atmosphere was surprisingly upbeat with plenty of networking being done in the courtyard. As usual, ASIFA-Hollywood presented a well-organized show, with plenty of time before and after to see old friends, make new ones and talk over a glass of champagne. The event presented a very nice opportunity for our community to gather and celebrate itself when it most needs it.
Around the Courtyard
Gwynn Adik, independent animation consultant, Time Squad creator/director/executive producer Dave Wasson, Bobbi Schwartzendruber, production coordinator on Cartoon Network's Robot Jones, and Renegade Animation's Nate Pacheco, the TD who developed a way to use Flash to animate at 24 fps.
Inside the Alex
Wild Brain's Phil Robinson with one of the two Annies that the studio took home. Kathy Najimy won Outstanding Individual Achievement For Voice Acting By A Female Performer in an Animated Television Production for her Texas twanged Peggy Hill.
Outstanding Individual Achievement For Character Animation winner Dale Baer, who lent his expertise to The Emperor's New Groove.
Invader Zim's Steve Ressel won for Outstanding Individual Achievement For Storyboarding In An Animated Television Production.
Celebrating a Lifetime of Achievement
Pete Alvarado began working in animation in the late 1930's and has contributed to almost every major studio including Disney Feature, Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera. From theatricals to the first television shows, Pete was there from animation to layout to background painting and more.
Bill Justice spent over forty years at Disney, animating classic scenes like Bambi on ice, directing stop-motion sequences like the nursery scene in Mary Poppins, and finally contributing to television shows and Walt Disney Imagineering. Over Bob Givens' sixty-five year career in animation he has called Warner Bros. home most frequently. From designing the rascally rabbit in Tex Avery's A Wild Hare to leading the background design staff on Chuck Jones' current Webcartoon TimberWolf, Bob's career has spanned many of the studio's firsts.
Please visit AWN's Headline News for a complete list of winners.