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WAC's Internet Winners

The winners are out for the first World Internet Animation Competition, held in conjunction with the World Animation Celebration and sponsored by One grand prizewinner, one student winner and first and second prizewinners in multiple categories were awarded US$100,000 in cash and prizes in conjunction with the annual World Animation Celebration. The competition received more than 650 animations in ten categories. The winners were chosen by a jury comprised of industry headliners . Serving on the jury were comic book legend Stan Lee; Brad Bird, director of THE IRON GIANT; Rob Cowie, producer of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT; Rob Minkoff, director of STUART LITTLE; Henry Selick, director of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH; Joe Shields, creative mind behind the Web's JOE CARTOON; Alison Snowden and David Fine, Academy Award winning creators of the BOB AND MARGARET SHOW; Tom Snyder, co-creator of Comedy Central's DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST; Douglas TenNapel, creator of TV's EARTHWORM JIM; and Tom Winkler, creator of "We were thrilled by the number and quality of the entrants," said Michael Yanover, vice president and general manager of shows & series content at "It is obvious that there are many talented animators targeting the Net and the array of submissions reflects the creativity the Web unleashes." The winning entries can be viewed at Below is a complete list of winners.


Best Overall: THE RUTH TRUTH by Julina Tatlock

Best Student: ARGON by Peter Peterson


Commercial: THE ODYSSEY by Rob Sharp

Animated Graphics: SYMBOLMAN "boy meets girl" by Michael Stinson

3D Animation: JIGGY BUG by Other and Urban Box Office Network

Mixed-Media: THE RUTH TRUTH by Julina Tatlock Interactive: Compaq Website with interactive animation by Philip Hunt and Neil Churcher

Comedy/Parody: PUMP-ACTION by Phil "Captain 3D" McNally

Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi: JOE PARADISE "Door Play" by Roque Ballesteros,

Outrageous: NAPSTER BAD! by Bob Cesca

Educational: WORLD INTERNET NEWS by Tom Snyder Productions

Intended for children: COLOR NATION by Kelly Peterson


Commercial: SLEIGHMASTER 5000 XL by Edgar Beals

Animated Graphics: ROMANOV "Shadow Split" by Chris Lanier,

3D Animation: LI'L GREEN MEN by Dann Tarmy, JINX Studios

Mixed-Media: IF FISH WALKS, COWS HOP by David S. Peng

Interactive: COWFIGHTER by Rob Heasley

Comedy/Parody: MISS MUFFY AND THE MUFF MOB IN 'LUBIN' DA HOLE WIT 'SCO' by Josh Kimberg, Nick Cogan, Ryan Edwards and Schani Nuripour, Bullseye Art, Ltd.

Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi: SPEEDACTION by Steve Whitehouse

Outrageous: THE MAGIC WATCH by Jae-Suk Jo

Educational: B.E.M.S. "Feed the Clouds" by Brian Edenfield

Intended for children: by Courtney Lane, Knowledge Kids Network and iXL Los Angeles

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