As the nominations of the 35th annual Annie Awards were announced, it was revealed that 'Ratatouille' has lead the field with 13 nominations.
The ever-genius-culinary rat spreads his charm once more as "Ratatouille" managed to dominate the nominations of 2008 Annie Awards. On the official announcement made by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood on Monday (Dec. 3), the Pixar production animation movie snagged 13 nomination, including for Best Animated Feature.
Aside from being nominated for the best animated movie, Ratatouille's director Brad Bird is nominated for Directing in an Animated Feature Production, and its voice actress and actors, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm and Patton Oswalt, are also nominated for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. The rodent tale also manages to get nominated for its character animation, animated effects, production design, storyboarding and music.
The success of "Ratatouille" was followed by another talented animal animation movie, "Surf's Up". The Sony production movie, which tells the story about surfing penguins, is nominated for 10 nominations. Among its nominations are acknowledgment for best feature, animated effects, character design, and directing.
Joining also in the nomination for best feature along with Disney's rat and Sony's penguin are DreamWork's bees "Bee Movie", Sony Pictures' "Persepolis" and 20th Century Fox's "The Simpsons Movie". Apart from the best feature nomination, "Bee Movie" earned four more nominations, while "Persepolis" and "The Simpsons Movie" received another three nominations each.
Meanwhile, the former box office champion, "Beowulf", got nominated in the category of production design. And, though "Shrek" has won 2001 Annie's best feature and "Shrek 2" was nominated for the same category in 2004, the third installment of the successful animated sequels, "Shrek the Third" is cut out from the best feature nomination and only managed to get a nomination for best director.
Annie Awards is an honoring the best animation in film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects. Winners of Annie Award's Best Animated Feature usually win Academy Award for animated feature. The only exception was on 2007 Academy Awards, in which the 2007 Annie's winner "Cars" lost to "Happy Feet". The 35th annual Annie Awards will be presented at UCLA's Royce Hall in Westwood on February 8, 2008. The complete list of 2008 Annie Awards nominations can be seen in the Annie Awards Official Site.