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Feb. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40
th Annual Annie Awards held
Saturday, February 2 at
Royce Hall. This year's expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. A live streaming of the ceremony was made available again to animation enthusiasts as well as those who were unable to attend the event at
www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live. A complete list of winners can be viewed at
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to "Paperman" (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV Production for Preschool Children "Bubble Guppies 'A Tooth on the Looth'" (Nickelodeon Animation Studios); Best Animated Television Production for Children "Dragons: Riders of Berk 'How to Pick Your Dragon'" (DreamWorks Animation); Best General Audience Animated Television Production "Robot Chicken 'DC Comics Special'" (Stoopid Buddy Studios); Best Animated Video Game "Journey" (Sony Computer Entertainment America); and Best Student Film "Head Over Heels" (
"What a great evening filled with a lot of fun and surprises," said ASIFA-Hollywood President
Frank Gladstone. "A variety of individuals and studios participated and joined in celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries."
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors
Rob Paulsen and
Maurice Lamarche shared hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional,
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were
Oscar Grillo and
Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.
Howard Green was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and Toon Boom Animation was honor with the Ub Iwerks award created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between
January 1, 2012 and
December 31, 2012.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world's first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it.