It’s the time of the year when the Emmys kick off with the 69th Creative Arts Emmy Awards! Presented last Saturday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this side of the Emmys honours the best in behind-the-scenes achievements of television, including animated series.
FOX’s hit animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers took home the big prize of Outstanding Animated Program for the episode “Bob, Actually”. The series had previously won that award back in 2014 and had been nominated for it numerous times in the past amongst heavy competition.
Series creator Loren Bouchard took to the stage to accept the award on behalf of, “our incredible crew and incredible fans. They inspire us. I want these to be the people I work with the rest of my life. I hope I’m lucky enough that that happens…Their intelligence and heart and optimism–we try to put that on screen.” (via Deadline)
It wasn’t just Bob and his family who won an award that night. Of the five Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation awards, the Samurai Jack revival scored four of them, while one was awarded to Wander Over Yonder for Justin Nichols’ character animation. Other wins include Adventure Time, Beyond Magic, 13th, Patrick Osborne’s Pearl, and Seth MacFarlane for his voice work in the Family Guy episode “The Boys in the Band”.
Below is the list of winners in the animation categories as reported by Animation World Network:
Outstanding Animated Program
Bob’s Burgers, “Bob, Actually” — FOX
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
Adventure Time, “Islands Part 4: Imaginary Resources” — Cartoon Network
Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance
Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire — Family Guy, “The Boys in the Band” — FOX
Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science and Digital Design graduate of AUT University. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).