Annie Awards 2009
Published: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Welcome to the Red Carpet for the 36th annual Annie Awards presented by the International Animated Film Society, Hollywood, with your Actors Reporter Hosts, Desiree Anderson & Brett Howell. The Annie Awards the highest honor given for excellence in animation. Each year, Annie Award trophies are awarded for the year’s best animation in a feature film, video, and even television commercial.
Join Desiree and Brett as they meet many interesting award-winning people on the Annie Awards red carpet:
Annie Awards Red Carpet – Part 1
Desiree Anderson & Brett Howell on the red carpet at the 2009 Annie Awards. Meet many in the animation world, including those nominated for best voice acting in an animated feature production.
John Lasseter was a Winsor McCay Award Winners in recognition for his career contributions to the art of animation. John Lasseter shares with Actors Reporter hosts Desiree Anderson and Brett Howell a little about his career. John Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios & principal creative advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering. He is a two-time Academy Award winning director & oversees all Pixar & Disney films & associated projects.
Andrew Stanton, director of “Wall-E,” Pixar Animation Studios, on the red carpet with producer and visual effects master, Jim Morris, and co-producer Lindsey Collins. Andrew Stanton has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990. As Vice President, Creative, Andrew currently oversees all features & shorts development of the studio & wrote &directed the latest Disney-Pixar feature film, “Wall-E.”
Actor James Hong was nominated for his voice of Mr. Ping in the DreamWorks Animation “Kung Fu Panda.” James Hong has been in over 500 feature films & TV shows, & he is still going strong with his recent role in Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” His 474 documented on-camera roles are possibly the highest for any actor ever.
Voice actor and teacher, Pat Fraley, joined comedian, actor, and co-presenter Brad Garrett (“Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille”) on the red carpet.
Director, producer, four-time Academy Award winner Nick Park was presented with a Winsor McCay Award. Nick is probably most famous for his Wallace and Gromit feature, “The Curse of the WereRabbit.” Also, Nick Park’s Aardman Animations Ltd’s “Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death,” was nominated as best animated short.
Comedian and presenter, Fred Willard, is credited in the cast of Pixar’s “Wall-E,” so everyone assumes he is voicing one of the animated robots. It turns out Fred appears on camera in a Pixar first. Also, your Actors Reporter last chatted with Fred at the Comedy to the Max benefit recently where Fred donated his time as MC/Comedian to the worthy cause of helping Max Alexander.
Director John Stevenson, an art department/storyboard wiz, co-directed with Mark Osborne “Kung Fu Panda,” a DreamWorks Animation. John and Mark were nominated for best director in an animate feature production.
Annie Awards Red Carpet – Part 4
Henry Selick, writer & director of “Coraline: The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the “spooky” story of a girl who finds a better version of her life through a secret door.
Composer Kevin Kiner was nominated for his music in “Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rising Malevolence,” a Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. Kevin Kiner’s command of musical styles makes him a Hollywood go-to composer. Kevin has also been honored with Emmy nominations for “Johnny Quest” and “Stuart Little.”
Tatia Rosenthal, the director of $9.99, was nominated for best directing in an animated feature production. Born in Tel Aviv, Tatia’s short stop motion animations have won numerous awards.
Annie Awards Red Carpet – Part 5
Composer Kevin Manthei was nominated for his music in “Batman:Gotham Knight,” a Warner Brothers feature animation. Kevin composes music for features, TV, & games. He has scored more than 50 games for every major publisher including many DreamWorks titles, including the “Kung Fu Panda,” game. Kevin was supported on the red carpet by his agent, Mike Rosen of Montana Artists.
Ben Burtt, the voice of Wall-E, joined Pixar Animation Studios as the sound designer on Disney-Pixar’s “Wall-E.” As sound designer & supervising editor of the original “Star Wars Trilogy,” he rejoined Lucas to supervise the sound work on the “Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.” Ben won Academy Awards for his work on “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T, the Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Indiana Jones the Last Crusade.”
Animator Bill Plympton on behalf of his studio, Bill Plympton Studio, which was nominated for “Hot Dog” as the best animated short subject. Bill may be best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short, “Your Face.” Also, thank you Bill for the “Hot Dog” drawing! Watch for Bill Plympton’s new feature fill, “Idiots and Angels.”
Award-winning composer & arranger William Ross was nominated for his music in the feature animation, “The Tale of Despereaux,” a Universal Pictures production. William has composed or orchestrated music for numerous films and has arranged music for artists including Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, & Jennifer Lopez. William Ross is the recipient of 2 Emmy awards for his work as music director.
Mark Walton is the voice of Rhino in “Bolt,” a Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Mark was nominated for best voice acting in an animated feature production. He is currently working in the visual development on the 2012 computer animated feature film, “King of the Elves.”
Director and character animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Emud Mokhbert also graced the red carpet. Emud’s film “Oktapodi” – Talantis Films, a student film, is nominated by the Motion Picture and Television Academy as best animated short. His 2 ½ minute short may well be the shortest film ever to be nominated?!?
Actress and Presenter, Jennifer Taylor Lawrence, look for Bioware’s “Dragon Age” to be released shortly, in which Jennifer voiced the role of Grey Warden.
Professional voiceover, and one of tonight’s presenters, Crispin Freeman, is probably best known for his voice role as Superman in the “Justice League Heroes” video game and his voice role as Alucard from “Hellsing,” and he’s in the new “Too Human” video game in the voice role of Baldur.
Prolific Actor & Presenter Lauren Tom (“Futurama” “King of the Hill”).
Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2”).
Actor James Black was on the red carpet!
Voiceover agents Pat Brady & Cathey Lizzio of Cunningham, Escott, Slevin, & Doherty were on hand to support their client, James Hong.
Actress and Presenter, Edie McClurg, with scores of credits, may be best known for her role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
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