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The 2017 Annie Awards – Results & Discussion!

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Well, I was gone a long time.

First off, I hope the first months of the new year went well for everyone. I won’t necessarily go into detail about why I was gone so long (that’s for the comment section), but it’s safe to say that I have emerged from my self-imposed sabbatical, willing and ready to write a lot more and a little differently.

Also, I want to thank everyone for participating in our live tweet-a-long for this year’s Annie Awards. That was super fun, and I hope to do more stuff like that soon.

Now, for the subject at hand….

Back in February, the animation world once again descended upon the UCLA campus in Berkeley, California for the 44th Annual Annie Awards. If you’ve been reading the website for a long time, then the Annie Awards need no introduction, except to say that it’s the only night where the animation industry gets a spotlight rarely afforded to by other mainstream awards ceremonies.

Similar to last year, the show commenced through a diverse rotation of presenters, spanning different areas of expertise in the animation world and even resulting in some interesting odd-couple pairings (Kobe Bryant and Glen Keene, anyone?). As for the results….

Let’s get this one out the way: Zootopia was the big winner of the night, sweeping six wins that included Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, and a tie for Best Voice Acting with Moana (another Disney movie!). Now, on to the highlights:

1. The other big contender, LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, didn’t go home empty-handed either. It won three honors for Best Production Design, Best Character Animation, and Best Editorial.

 2. While two of it’s 2016 films grabbed nominations in a number of categories, it was DreamWorks Animation’s TV unit that had a great night. In the Animated Television/Broadcast Production categories, DreamWorks Trollhunters won Best Character Animation, Best Character Design, and Best Storyboarding. Adding on to that was Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which took home an award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast production.

 3. Patrick Osbourne continued his ascent as one of the industry’s promising new talents when his Google Spotlight Stories short film Pearl won Best Directing (Animated Television/Broadcast), Best Production Design (Animated Television/Broadcast), and Best Music (Animated Television/Broadcast).

 4. Regardless of where you stand on the subject of whether or not the live-action remake of The Jungle Book should be considered as a live-action movie or not, the animated/Photo-real CG aspects of the film were impressive enough to score an Annie for Character Animation in a Live-Action Production.

 5. Is it any surprise that a movie scored by Hans Zimmer should win an Annie? Because that’s what happened when The Little Prince won Best Music in an Animated Feature Production.

 6. With Adventure Time set to end in 2018, is there a better way to honor (or begin to honor) the show than with an Annie for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production?

And that was my general rundown of the show’s highlights. What do you think? Are there any movies that you feel got snubbed or ignored? How do you feel about the timely comments concerning immigrants in the animation industry (PLEASE keep it civil). Finally, are there any movies this year you think will be contenders for next year’s Annie Awards?

Have fun in the comments below! NOTE: Spoilers for 2016 winners and nominees are allowed. Stop here if you have yet to watch any of these films or TV shows! 

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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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.
  • Manuel Orozco

    Congrats to Zootopia but I wanted Kubo and the Two Strings to win even more!

    • I felt Zootopia definitely deserved it, but can see why people wanted Kubo to win.
      The production and animation was spectacular. But the story was bit lacking. Of
      course, some people are getting tired of Disney/Pixar winning almost every year.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I understand how you feel. I’m not getting tired of Disney Pixar winning every other year one bit.

        • I’m not tired of it either. Just see so many people online complain
          that Disney wins every year. Of course, complaining will definitely
          continue next year as I am sure Coco will win at least something.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Which won’t surprise me but we shall see what happens as the year progresses. Plus Coco looks visually stunning

          • Yep. Btw, I saw on the other thread that you saw Trolls. How was it?

          • Manuel Orozco

            Wasn’t great but still entertaining. 4/5 stars Colorfully animated fun filled music and hilarious.

  • Lauren Rodriguez

    Hola! I’m so glad Life Animated won as well as Jungle Book! I’m also grateful Moana won something as well as Aui’li. What I’m not happy about is that Elena of Avalor DID NOT win! Her show is full of heart, complex storylines and fantastica musica! I felt the show definitely got gipped in the awards! Maybe next year. I was so upset when Elena didn’t win, my heart wasn’t in watching the rest of the awards. I finished them just to see if Moana won anything.

  • ValkarieandherInventorChief

    Aww, glad Trollhunters won something. Kinda wish Race to the edge had been nominated after that amazing last season. Can’t wait fit season five.

  • HiccStridForever92

    Kind of disappointed that Race to the Edge did not get a single nomination this time. In my opinion, I don’t think Race to the Edge gets as much credit as it deserves. The writing is good, and the animation is great. In terms of animated effects, I think Race to the Edge does a great job with that, with how much they have to do and hard it can be, especially having to deal with a lot dragons at times. Also in terms of animation, the animators have have done things is in the last couple of seasons where they had to interact with water, which is as i heard in the How to Train Your Dragon film commentary, and reiterated in the how to train your dragon 2 film commentary is very hard. Not only that, in the most recent season, which I believe will be a part of considerations for the Annie’s next year, based on it’s release date, they had a ton of scenes in a specific episode where they had it raining for a part of it, which again is something that is hard to do in animation like this. But it is what it is. I can just hope RTTE gets more recognition over the next year, then it did this past year. Also, related to RTTE, I have to ask what ever happened to Dragon TV recap series? I loved the series and would love to see it return, and the rest of the episodes of season 2, all the episodes of season 3, and all the episodes of season 4 be done.

  • It was expected. Zootopia so deserved those awards. It was a film with a story that was
    deep and complex, but was also quite funny. I mostly agree with the other award winners.
    However, I wanted Pets to win for Best Soundtrack and was surprised Dory got nothing.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I got to admit Zootopia couldn’t have come at a better time due to the current political and social climate. I loved Alexander Desplat’s jazz driven score for Pets. I’m surprised about Dory too.

      • Dory should’ve had more recognition than Moana did. Sure, Moana was
        beautiful looking, but Dory had a much better story & a mature message.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I haven’t seen Moana yet so I’ll be the judge of that. That’s the only animated film from this past year I have left to see.

          • Ok then. I saw some movies last year and will probably only see
            some for this year. So far, I watched Lego Batman. It was only ok.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I really liked Lego Batman it was on par with the first Lego Movie. Other animated films I plan to see are Smurfs: Lost Village, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Lego Ninjango and possibly Fernidad. Coco is a DVD Netflix wait

          • I’m glad that Boss Baby isn’t on the list. That looks rather bad and
            early reviews say the same. I’ll probably see all the ones you are.
            Anyway, I have to head in now. Have a good night Manuel. Peace!

          • Manuel Orozco

            I saw the trailer before Lego Batman and it wasn’t even convcincng. If there was one reason I would see it, it would only be for Lisa Kudrow and I just finished her old show Friends two weeks ago. Peace too

          • Manuel Orozco

            By the way I thought of Feenidad because of the Blind Side and hope Blue Sky can regain some mojo after his great Peanuts Movie turned out two years ago. I didn’t even bother to see Ice Age Collision Course.

          • From the trailer, Ice Age 5 was garbage. I’m curious for Ferdinand.

          • Manuel Orozco

            As am I, I’m not 100% familiar with the story but how they’re going to tackle it sounds intriguing. Peanuts proved Blue Sky can do a great movie without the Ice Age gang plus I haven’t seen an installment since the Meltdown.

          • Yeah, they’re milking it at this point. Peanuts was their best movie.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Amen! Hopefully they give up on Ice Age while they still can.

          • Manuel Orozco

            And I was serious yesterday that you should check out Turbo at least once

          • Manuel Orozco

            By the way the Blind Side as in Sandra Bullock