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2015 Daytime Emmy Awards: The Winners in Animation

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For those who aren’t aware (perhaps due to a fault on our part because of our busy schedules), the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out late last month. In this article, we’re specifically concerned with the award categories concerning TV animation. This year, the Daytime Emmy Awards differed from the other award shows in a couple different ways.

First off, DreamWorks Animation Television was the biggest winner that night, winning five awards in total. Three of those awards went to its Netflix show All Hail King Julian. The honors in particular were for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special (tied with Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Danny Jacobs as King Julian), and Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.


Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness snagged two awards: Outstanding Sound Editing in Animation and Outstanding Sound Mixing in Animation. It’s worth noting that Legends of Awesomeness remains the only DreamWorks Animation TV show on a network channel, but there is a strong possibility that this might change in the future.

Another company that also had a great night was Moonbot Studios. Their Dolby-commissioned short film Silent won two awards (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program).


Brandon Oldenburg (left) and Limbert Fabian

“I am truly in awe of the collective talent and tenacity that thrives within Moonbot Studios. We are thankful for the opportunity to work with our incredible collaborators at Dolby and CAA, “ said Trish Farnsworth-Smith, head of production at Moonbot.

The film in question can be viewed here:

The behind-the-scenes video can also be viewed here:

In a major sea change from other award shows (and a telling sign of the times), most of the winners hailed from internet distributors/outlets. All Hail King Julian is a Netflix show, while Tumble Leaf (which won the award for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program) is from Amazon Studios. Finally Silent, which was made for Youtube, can also be viewed on Netflix and Vimeo.

All in all, the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards was an interesting night for animation on the small screen.

What do you think? Are you satisfied with the winners? In your opinion, who do you think should have won?

See the full list of winners below (courtesy of Cartoon Brew):

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
All Hail King Julien (Netflix)
Executive Producers: Bret Haaland, Mitch Watson
Supervising Producers: Randy Dormans, Nick Filippi, Chris Neuhahn
Producer: Katie Ely

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
Executive Producers: Kelli Bixler, Drew Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Alice Wilder, Ed. D.
Producers: Jodi Downs, Genevieve Ledoux
Line Producer: Tricia Gum

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Silent (YouTube.com)
Executive Producers: William Joyce, Vince Voron
Producers: Lampton Enochs, Trish Farnsworth-Smith, Angus McGilpin

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Silent (YouTube.com)
Directors: Limbert Fabian, Brandon Oldenburg

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Danny Jacobs as King Julien, All Hail King Julien (Netflix)

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special (tie)
All Hail King Julien (Netflix)
Ania O’Hare

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)
Meredith Layne, CSA
Sarah Noonan, CSA
Gene Vassilaros, CSA

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
WordGirl (PBS)
Creative Supervisor: Jack Ferraiolo
Head Writers: Tom Martin, Grant Moran
Writers: Eric Ledgin, Justin Shanes

Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program
Peg+Cat (PBS)
Head Writer: Billy Lopez
Writers: Billy Aronson, Kevin Del Aguila, Dustin Ferrer

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition
Disney Sofia the First (Disney Channel)
Composer: Kevin Kliesch

Outstanding Original Song – Main Title and Promo
Dora And Friends: Into The City! Theme Song”
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (Nickelodeon)
Matthew Gerrard, Elizabeth Ashley Saunig, Composers and Lyricists

Outstanding Sound Editing in Animation
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Nickelodeon)
Supervising Sound Editor: Gary Falcone
Sound Designers: Rob McIntyre, Marc Schmidt
Supervising Music Editor: Jeremy Zuckerman
Supervising Dialogue Editor: Anna Adams
Sound Effects Editors: Andrew Ing, Thomas J Maydeck C.A.S.
Foley Editor: Roberto Dominguez Alegria
Foley Artist: Cynthia Merrill

Outstanding Sound Mixing in Animation
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Nickelodeon)
Production Mixer: Justin Brinsfield
Re-Recording Mixer: Thomas J Maydeck C.A.S.
SFX Mixer: Rob McIntyre

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design
The Mind of a Chef (PBS)
Creative Director–Graphics: Adam Lupsha
Animator: Dan de Graaf
Character Design: Mike Houston

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation honorees

  • Jason Kolowski, Production Designer
    Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Michael Granberry, Animator
    Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Drew Hodges, Character Designer
    Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Robyn Yannoukos, Lead Painter
    Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Jairo Lizarazu, Location Designer
    Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Disney Junior)
  • Mårten Jönmark, Storyboard Artist
    Peter Rabbit (Nickelodeon)

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.