Panda Bests Robot at Annie Awards: "Kung Fu Panda" Takes 10 Awards
Kung Fu Panda dominated the 36th annual Annie Awards, taking home 10 trophies including Best Animated Feature, beating out films like WALL-E, Waltz with Bashir, and Bolt. It also won the Annie in the feature film categories for Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting (for Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu), and Writing. The property also won as 4 more awards for the “Secrets of the Furious Five” short film anthology and 1 for Best Video Game. Its victories meant that WALL-E went home empty-handed from this year’s awards.
In other major categories, Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs took home the award for Best Animated Home Entertainment Production, beating out films like Justice League: The New Frontier and The Little Mermaid II: Ariel’s Beginning. The Best Animated Short Subject went to “Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death.”
Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender won two awards for Best Animated TV Production for Children and Best Directing for Animated TV or Short Form (for Joaquim Dos Santos and “Sozin’s Comet” Part 3), while Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars II won three awards for Best Television Production, Best Voice Acting in a TV Production (for Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks), and Best Writing. United Airlines’ “Heart” won Best Animated TV Commercial.
Visit the Annie Awards website for a full list of winners.