Kung Fu Panda kicks competition’s butt at animation awards
Kung Fu Panda wiped out its competition at the 36th annual Annie Awards, which honours the best in animation.
The DreamWorks Animation film earned kudos as best movie among its 10 trophies, beating out acclaimed front-runners WALL*E and Waltz With Bashir.
It also captured a directing award for John Stevenson and Mark Osborne; writing honours for Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger; animated effects, Le-Ming Lawrence Lee; character animation, James Baxter; and storyboarding, Jen Yuh Nelson.
Dustin Hoffman, who plays the Kung Fu master Shifu, nabbed a voice acting accolade. That didn’t end the film’s awards run รณ to top it off, Activision’s Kung Fu Panda game won the prize for best video game.
The film’s 10-award collection bested the nine won last year by Pixar’s gourmet rat Ratatouille.
Other winners included:
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death by Britain’s Aardman Animations for best animated short subject.
ShadowMachine’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II for best animated TV production.
Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender for best TV production produced for children.
There were a few double winners at Friday night’s ceremony at Royce Hall on the grounds of UCLA.
Nico Marlet took home two awards for character design, for both Kung Fu Panda and its 24-minute related short Secrets of the Furious Five. Tang Heng also was a double winner for production design on both projects.
Hans Zimmer and John Powell were up on stage twice to collect music prizes for the two projects.
The Annies are handed out annually by the International Animated Film Society in Los Angeles.