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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, ‘Mickey Mouse’ Win Big at The 42nd Annual Annie Awards

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The 42nd Annual Annie Awards came and went last weekend, and if there were any clear winners that night, it was DreamWorks and Disney (or at least, their TV divisions).

As predicted, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 swept the Annies with a grand total of six awards (seven if you count the Ub Iwerks achievement award given to DreamWorks for their newly-developed Apollo software). These awards included Best Directing, Best Music, Best Character Animation, Best Storyboarding, Best Editorial and, of course, Best Animated Film.

This grand sweep now positions How to Train Your Dragon 2 as the clear frontrunner for the Oscars, or at least the one to beat now that The LEGO Movie is out of the running.

That’s not to say that the other movies went home empty-handed!

LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls won two honors (Best Production Design and Best Voice Actor). The LEGO Movie won Best Writing in an Animated Feature. Big Hero 6 grabbed an honor for Best Effects in an Animated Feature, while The Book of Life won what may be their first award of the season for Best Character Design (a first for Reel FX).

Disney’s TV division also had a very good night, walking home with nine awards. Six of those awards in particular were won by Disney TV Animation’s Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Feast also walked home with the award for Best Short Subject.

Sticking to the TV side of things, Amazon Studios landed their first Annie Award for Tumble Leaf (Best Animated Production for Preschoolers). The Simpsons held strong, winning Best Animated Production for General Audiences. Disney XD’s Gravity Falls contributed to the number of awards doled out to Disney TV when it won Best Animated Production for Children. FOX’s reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Oddessy won Best Animated Special Production (surprisingly winning out over Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot). Aardman Animation even got some recognition when it won Best Animated Television Commercial for Flight of the Stories.

As noted by our very own Kajsa Rain Forden (who was lucky enough to attend the ceremony in person), the awards were proceeded through at a relatively quicker pace than usual due to the unique lack of a central host (Patrick Warburton hosted the 41st Annie Awards). Instead, audiences were treated to an eclectic combination of various presenters. Those presenters included female comedy/acting duo Garfunkel and Oates, Big Hero 6 actor Ryan Potter with Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau of Man of Action, Song of the Sea director Tomm Moore, and directing duo Ron Clements and John Musker to name a few.

Even with one film and one TV show dominating on both ends, this year’s Annies was a tad more balanced than last year. Each film out of the leading five got recognized that night; another confirmation as to why the Annie Awards are special: it’s a night in celebration of the medium of animation. Charles Soloman said it best: animation is an art form as valid and capable of housing so many diverse sets of talent as any.

Congratulations to the winners and the nominees of what’s now officially in the books as the 42nd Annual Annie Awards!

Click here for Kasja Rain Forden’s red carpet coverage of the Annies. See the full list of winners below (courtesy of Cartoon Brew).

What do you think? Were there any surprises? Was anybody shut out?

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Voyager Pictures LLC

Best Animated Short Subject

Feast
 – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial

Flight of the Stories – Aardman Animations

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

Tumble Leaf
- Amazon Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience

Gravity Falls – 
Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production

The Simpsons
 – The Simpsons

Best Animated Video Game

Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft

Best Student Film

My Big Brother 
- Jason Rayner

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production

Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik – Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist – Edge of Tomorrow – Sony Pictures Imageworks

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Justin Nichols – Wander Over Yonder – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production

Fabio Lignini – How to Train Your Dragon 2 
- DreamWorks Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production

Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
 – Weta Digital

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game

Mike Mennillo – Assassin’s Creed Unity – Ubisoft

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Benjamin Balistreri – Wander Over Yonder – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Paul Sullivan, Sandra Equihua, Jorge R. Gutierrez – The Book of Life – Reel FX

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Aaron Springer – Disney Mickey Mouse 
- Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Dean DeBlois – How to Train Your Dragon 2
 – DreamWorks Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Christopher Willis – Disney Mickey Mouse – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production

John Powell, Jónsi – How to Train Your Dragon 2
 – DreamWorks Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Narina Sokolova – Mickey Shorts
- Disney

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure & August Hall – The Boxtrolls
 – Focus Features/Laika

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Joaquim Dos Santos – Legend of Korra -Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Truong “Tron” Son Mai – How to Train Your Dragon 2
 – DreamWorks Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Bill Farmer as the voices of Goofy and Grandma – Disney Mickey Mouse
 – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher – The Boxtrolls
 – Focus Features/Laika

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Darrick Bachman – Disney Mickey Mouse
 – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller – The Lego Movie
 – Warner Bros. Pictures

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Illya Owens – Disney Mickey Mouse
 – Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

John K. Carr – How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award (for Lifetime Achievement)
Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and Lee Mendelson

June Foray Award (for significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)
Charles Solomon

Ub Iwerks (for technical advancement that has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation)
DreamWorks Animation’s Apollo Software

Special Achievement Award (recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation)
The Walt Disney Family Museum

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Brandon Smith

Brandon is your average nerd with a love for nerdy things (games, comics, anime/manga, etc.). He also loves reading and writing and plans to be an author someday. For now, he writes with passion and curiosity about the world of animation. He lives with his family in North Carolina and is currently attending college.