‘Coco’ Takes Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

“Coco” / Disney/Pixar

“Coco” has been named the top animated feature of 2017 at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
“Coco” had led all films in nominations with 13 and dominated as predicted. It were followed in nominations by “The Breadwinner” with 10, and “The Boss Baby” with six.
In the 16 years since the Academy created the Best Animated Feature category, the Annie Awards winner has gone on to win the animation Oscar 11 times.
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“The Breadwinner,” executive produced by Angelina Jolie who was in attendance at the ceremony, took the prize for best independent animated feature. In the TV categories, “Rick and Morty” took best general animated program.
Also at the ceremony, British animator James Baxter, “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Fobis received Windsor McCay Awards for career contributions to animation. The Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement went to TVPaint and the Special Achievement Award went to Studio MDHR Entertainment for the game “Cuphead.”
The June Foray Award, named for the voice actress who died at the age of 99 in July, went to animation historian Didier Ghez, while the Certificate of Merit was given to David Nimitz, who was Foray’s longtime friend and caretaker.
The Annie Awards are presented by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood.
The winners:
Best Animated Feature:
“Coco” – Pixar Animation Studios
Best Animated Feature – Independent:
“The Breadwinner” – Cartoon Saloon/Aircraft Pictures/Melusine Productions
Best Animated Special Production:
“Revolting Rhymes” – Magic Light Pictures
Best Animated Short Subject:
“Dear Basketball” – Glen Keane Productions, Kobe Studios, Believe Entertainment Group
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial:
“June” – Broad Reach Pictures/Chromosphere/Lyft
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children:
“Octonauts” / Episode: Operation Deep Freeze – Vampire Squid Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media company, in association with Brown Bag Films
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children:
“We Bare Bears” / Episode: Panda’s Art – Cartoon Network Animation Studios
Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production:
“Rick and Morty” / Episode: 303 -“Pickle Rick” – Williams Street Productions
Best Student Film:
“Poles Apart” – Director: Paloma Baeza; Producer: Ser En Low, All Student Crew
Animated Effects in an Animated Production:
“Coco” – Effects Artist: Shaun Galinak; Jason Johnston; Carl Kaphan; Effects Lead: Dave Hale; Keith Daniel Klohn
Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Trollhunters” / Episode: 205 – “Homecoming” – Character Animator: Bruno Chiou; Yi-Fan Cho (Character: Blinky, Dictatious, Aaarrrgghh!!); Lead Animator: Kevin Jong; Chun-Jung Chu (Character: Blinky, Dictatious, Aaarrrgghh!!)
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Animator: John Chun Chiu Lee (Character: All characters)
Character Animation in a Live Action Production:
“War for the Planet of the Apes” – Animation Supervisor: Daniel Barrett; Sidney Kombo Kintombo; Emile Ghorayeb; Lead Motion Editor: Luisma Lavin Peredo; Lead Facial Modeller: Alessandro Bonora
Character Animation in a Video Game:
“Cuphead” – Lead Animator: Hanna Abi-Hanna (Characters: The Devil, Grim Matchstick, Beppi The Clown, Werner Werman)
Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Samurai Jack” / Episode: XCVI – Character Design: Craig Kellman (Character: Various)
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Character Art Director: Daniel Arriaga (Character: All characters); Additional Character Art Direction: Daniela Strijleva (Character: All characters); Character Design/Sculptor: Greg Dykstra (Character: All characters); Character Modeller: Alonso Martinez (Character: All characters); Character Designer: Zaruhi Galstyan (Character: All characters)
Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Disney Mickey Mouse” / Episode: The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular! – Director: Dave Wasson; Director: Eddie Trigueros; Director: Alonso Ramirez-Ramos
Directing in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Director: Lee Unkrich Pixar; Co-Director: Adrian Molina
Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Disney Mickey Mouse” / Episode: The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular! – Composer: Christopher Willis
Music in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Composer: Michael Giacchino; Composer/Lyricist: Kristin Anderson-Lopez; Composer/Lyricist: Robert Lopez; Composer: Germaine Franco; Lyricist: Adrian Molina
Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Samurai Jack” / Episode: XCIII – Production Design: Scott Wills
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Production Design: Harley Jessup; Danielle Feinberg; Bryn Imagire; Nathaniel McLaughlin; Ernesto Nemesio; Tom Cardone; Arden Chan
Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Disney Mickey Mouse” / Episode: Bee Inspired – Storyboard Artist: Eddie Trigueros
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Storyboard Artist: Dean Kelly
Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“SpongeBob SquarePants” – Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel
Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:
“Rick and Morty” / Episode: 307 – “The Ricklantis Mixup” – Writer: Ryan Ridley; Dan Guterman
Writing in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Writer: Adrian Molina; Matthew Aldrich
Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production:ed
“Samurai Jack” / Episode: XCIII, XCIV, XCIX – Paul Douglas
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production:
“Coco” – Steve Bloom; Lee Unkrich; Greg Snyder; Tim Fox

A look at top animated moneymakers as of September 2017, from “The Lion King” to “Zootopia.”

30. “Tangled” (2010)
Worldwide Gross: $591,794,936
Before “Frozen,” Disney made waves with this 2010 retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale. 
Disney Animation Studios

29. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008)
Worldwide Gross: $603,900,354
This 2008 sequel scored big returns for the Dreamworks animal franchise.
Dreamworks Animation Studio

28. “How to Train Your Dragon 2”  (2014)
Worldwide Gross: $618,909,935
Dreamworks’ 2014 sequel upped the ante with bigger dragons and longer flight sequences. 
Dreamworks Animation Studio

27. “Ratatouille” (2007)
Worldwide Gross: $620,702,951
Director Brad Bird mixed a love of gourmet French cuisine with talking rodents in the 2007 fancy feast. 
Pixar Animation Studios

26. “Kung Fu Panda” (2008)
Worldwide Gross: $631,744,560
The success of Jack Black’s 2008 martial arts-meet-spongy mammal movie set into motion its inevitable — and even more profitable — sequel. 
Dreamworks Animation Studios

25. “Sing” (2016)
Worldwide Gross: $632,443,719
Illumination’s animal-karaoke musical crooned its way onto the list.  

22. “The Incredibles” (2004)
Worldwide Gross: $633,019,734
In 2004, Brad Bird’s first Pixar outing wowed audiences with complicated animated action scenes, cross-generational comedy and superhero mayhem.
Pixar Animation Studios

23. “Moana” (2016)
Worldwide Gross: $643,019,365
Disney’s Hawaii-set movie scored two Oscar nominations, for Best Animated Feature and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song “How Far I’ll Go.” 

22. “Big Hero 6” (2014)
Worldwide Gross: $657,818,612
Disney’s 2014 robot tale combined anime aesthetics, superhero action and Pixar’s heart. 
Disney Animation Studios

21. “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006)
Worldwide Gross: $660,940,780
Fox’s 2006 prehistoric romp proved the success of the first was no fluke. 
Twentieth Century Fox

20. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)
Worldwide Gross: $665,692,281
With the franchise’s skills proven, DreamWorks Animation gave the world another hit of comedy with this animated martial arts sequel in 2011. 
Dreamworks Animation Studios

19. “Up” (2009)
Worldwide Gross: $731,342,744
The 2009 fan favorite demonstrated that original ideas with big emotions could make big money. 
Pixar Animation Studios

18. “Monsters University” (2013)
Worldwide Gross: $743,559,607
Ten years after the release of “Monsters Inc,” Pixar sent fans back to school in a 2013 prequel.
Pixar Animation Studios

17. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012)
Worldwide Gross: $746,921,274
DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” series kept the studio afloat with a string of breezy successes, including 2012’s third installment.
Dreamworks Animation Studios

16. “Shrek Forever After” (2010)
Worldwide Gross: $752,600,867
The big green ogre’s final chapter dropped in 2010.    
Dreamworks Animation Studio

15. “Shrek the Third” (2007)
Worldwide Gross: $798,958,162
Made  in 2007, this sequel proved there was still some gas left in this fantasy mash-up comedy franchise. 
Dreamworks Animation Studio

14. “Inside Out” (2015)
Worldwide Gross: $857,611,174
Disney Pixar hit the home run again with this animated feature film about the emotions inside your head, starring Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader. 

13. “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016)
Worldwide Gross:$873,712,819 
Universal/Illumination’s story of dogs seeking out adventure while their owners are away charmed its way onto the list.

12.  “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012)
Worldwide Gross: $877,244,782
Profits abound for this 2012 fourth installment in the chilly prehistoric franchise, followed just behind it’s predecessor.
Twentieth Century Fox Animation

11.”Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009)
Worldwide Gross: $886,686,817
While other films have made bigger waves in the States, international sales have always returned big money for Fox’s “Ice Age” franchise, proven again by the 2009 entry. 
Twentieth Century Fox Animation

10. “Shrek 2” (2004)
Worldwide Gross: $936,743,261
DreamWorks Animation proved to be worthy Pixar competition with its successful “Shrek” franchise.
Dreamworks Animation Studio

9. “Finding Nemo” (2003)
Worldwide Gross: $940,335,536
“Finding Nemo” was something of a second-wind for Pixar, solidifying the company’s place as the titans of modern animation. 
Pixar Studios

8. “The Lion King” (1994)
Worldwide Gross: $968,483,777
Can you feel the love tonight for this Disney animated classic?
Disney Animation Studios

7. “Despicable Me 2” (2013)
Worldwide Gross:  $970,761,885
Illumination’s sequel managed to make more money than its predecessor and put the upcoming “Minions” spin-off into motion.
Illumination Studios

6. “Despicable Me 3” (2017)
Worldwide Gross: $998,326,491
Illumination’s follow-up — featuring Gru’s blond-haired brother — became the franchise’s biggest grosser.

5. “Zootopia” (2016)
Worldwide Gross: $1,023,191,334
Disney charmed audiences in 2016 with its cop thriller pairing a rookie rabbit cop and a wily fox informant.

4. “Finding Dory” (2016)
Worldwide Gross: $1,026,337,708
The sequel to “Finding Nemo” swam right back into audience’s hearts.

3. “Toy Story 3” (2010)
Worldwide Gross: $1,063,171,911
Built on Pixar’s critical and commercial goodwill, the third installment in the mega-franchise brought in big profits.
Pixar Studios

2. “Minions” (2015)
Worldwide Gross: $1,159,398,397  
The little yellow helpers crossed the $1 billion mark at the end of August, raking in more money then “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2” for Universal Pictures. 
Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

1. “Frozen” (2013)
Worldwide Gross: $1,274,219,009
Disney’s 2013 smash-hit takes the box office top spot. And then there was merchandising, video on demand and home video that audiences just couldn’t let go…
Disney Animation Studios

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Cartoon characters that cleaned up at the global box office, from “The Lion King” to “Despicable Me 3”

A look at top animated moneymakers as of September 2017, from “The Lion King” to “Zootopia.”

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