Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Kung Fu Panda" Wins Annie Awards

'Kung Fu Panda' was named the Best Animated Feature of 2008 at the 36th annual Annie Awards sponsored by ASIFA-Hollywood.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the Los Angeles chapter of the International Animated Film Society. They gave the animated comedy, which featured the voices of actors Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman, its top prize at its annual awards event in Burbank January 30, 2009.

"Panda" defeated top competitors such as "WALL-E" and "Waltz With Bashir" to win the best animated feature award. I wonder if that is an indication of what might happen in the same category at the Academy Awards on February 20.

Kung Fu Panda won several awards. "Secrets of the Furious Five," a 24-minute animated feature on the DVD version of "Panda," also earned four TV production/short form awards. The award for best video game went to the "Panda" game released by Activision. Dustin Hoffman also won an Annie for best voice acting in a feature film for "Panda."

Some awards went to other productions including "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" as best animated TV production and "Avatar: The Last Airbender," which earned a best TV production for children Annie.

Annie Awards are also given in categories such as character design, character animation, storyboarding, animation effects, and production design.

Click on the heading above to visit the Annie Awards website.

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