Held its Annie Awards for the thirty-fourth time, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Burbank-based chapter of the International Animated Film Society, bestowed prizes to best achievements in animation yesterday, February 11, at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California.
Though handing out the top prize of Best Animated Feature to Disney/Pixar's "Cars", the organization turned out to put favor on "Flushed Away", as it gave the DreamWorks/Aardman Animations production most awards at the event.
Altogether, the flick garnered five Animated Feature Production honors of Best Voice Acting for Ian McKellen, Best Animated Effects for Scott Cegielski, Character Animation for Gabe Hordos, Production Design for Pierre-Olivier Vincent, and Best Writing for its five scribes.
Scoring below "Flushed" was another DreamWorks' production of "Over the Hedge" which won duo Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick a Best Directing prize, Nicolas Marlet for that of Best Character Design, and Gary Graham the Best Storyboarding.
In television category, Cartoon Network triumphantly led the pack with four nods, ruling over its tough rival Nickelodeon. Its "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" won Best Animated Television Production, Best Music, and Best Production Design while "The Life & Times of Juniper Lee" landed Best Character Design prize for Mike Kunkel.