Annie Awards Live

Honoring excellence in the field of animation,36 categories will be presented, including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards. There will be links displayed below for the live feed at 7:00 pm, nominees and event information. For news and updates before and during the show I will also post the Annie Awards twitter page.


1. Watch the Annie Awards Live
2. Annie Award Nominees

3. Annie Awards Twitter
4. Event Info

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Underdogs’ Gets Dubbed US Release Trailer

Underdogs also known as “The Unbeatables”,  “Foosball” or “Metegol” is a 2013 Argentine and Spanish 3D Computer animated comedy adventure film. The film was just recently picked up by the Weinstein Company, and they’re releasing a dubbed version of the movie featuring an American cast. The Weinstein Company acquired the distribution rights for not only the United States but also Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France. The film is set to be released in the United States on April 10, 2015.

53e7dbcc7df6bThe movie is co written and directed by Juan J. Campanella and inspired from the short story. Memoirs of a Right Wing by Roberto Fontanarrosa. The film was released on July 18 2013, setting an all time record for an Argentine film box office opening. The film is the most expensive Argentine film of all time, and the most expensive Latin American animated feature. The budget of the film was estimated at $21 million with an overall box office estimate of $25 million.  The American dub cast includes Matthew Morrison. Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Eugenio Derbez, Bella Thorne and John Leguizamo. The film has received positive reviews from critics upon early releases but received mix views from an early release in the United Kingdom. The film holds a rating of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The story take places about a talented shy boy named Amadeo who wanted to get his football team back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: Grosso (An Argentine expression that loosely translates into “Awesome/Talented Guy”). Guided by their leader, the charismatic Capi. The foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that Grosso stole from them.

Critics’ Choice Awards: The Lego Movie

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners of the 20th annual Critic’s Choice Movie and Television Awards last night. The nominees for Best Animated Feature included:

1. Big Hero 6
2. The Book of Life
3. The Boxtrolls
4. How To Train Your Dragon 2
5. The Lego Movie

With over 1 million viewers last night and the anticipation of the competitive nominee category, The Lego Movie would win for Best Animation.  Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” is the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. Which might come off as a surprise considering the winner of this category did not make a top nomination for the Oscars.
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The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. The 20th annual “The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. A+E Networks will handle international sales for “The Critics’ Movie Choice Awards” and “The Critics’ Choice Television Awards.”

Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2015) Italian Trailers

Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2015) Story and Background
Italian TV Spots 


GKIDS and Studio Ghibli

GKIDS (Guerrilla Kids International Distribution Syndicate) is an American distributor based in New York City of animated and youth-aimed cinema. GKIDS organizes the New York International Children’s Film Festival and is an Academy Award qualifying event. Just recently GKIDS has just acquired North American rights for Studio Ghiblis, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). The film opened in Japan last July with positive reviews. GKIDS will release an English-language version in the United States this spring and will qualify the film for 2015 award consideration. 
Omiode_no_Marnie_posterThe movie, When Marnie Was There is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi ( The Secret World Of Arrietty) and based on the British Children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson. The film follows a young girl who finds a mysterious girl while adventuring to an abandoned house. The screenplay was written by Yonehayashi with Keiko Niwa who is known for From Up on the Poppy Hill and Secret World of Arriety. Masashi Ando designed the characters and directed the animation.

GKIDS has released previous Ghibli films including From Up on Poppy Hill and The Tale of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya that has been nominated for Academy Award this year. GKIDS has also released a 2014 documentary about the studio, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. GKIDS handles all of the North American theatrical distribution rigs for the Studio Ghibli library.

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Academy Awards: Best Animated Short


The Bigger Picture

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees.

The Dam Keeper

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.


These are the first Academy Award nominations for Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
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Academy Awards: Best Animated Film

The Boxtrolls

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

Big Hero 6

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Don Hall and Roy Conli

How To Train Your Dragon 2

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Dean DeBlois. He was previously nominated for: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
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