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"Kung Fu Panda" Dominates 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 36th annual Annie Awards, “recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.” DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda racked up 17 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and the awards for directing, character animation, character design, and writing. Disney’s Bolt earned 9 nominations, with Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E trailing close behind with 8, with both competing with Kung Fu Panda for the Best Animated Feature. The remaining 2 Best Animated Feature Annie nominations went to Sony Pictures Classics’ Waltz with Bashir and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films $9.99 (see Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage of these two films).

Nickelodeon dominated the television awards with 12 nominations total, including two for Best Animated Television Production for Children with Avatar the Last Airbender and The Mighty B! competing with Warner Brothers’ A Miser Brothers Christmas (Warner Brothers), and Cartoon Network Studios’ Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends “Destination: Imagination” and Underfist: Halloween Bash.

The Annie Awards will be given on Friday, January 30, 2009, at a special ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

For full details, visit the Annie Awards website or read the press release here.

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