Written by Karlamon :
Despite struggling recently with box office disappointments, layoffs, and the closure of the PDI studio, things became brighter for DreamWorks Animation when How to Train Your Dragon 2 became the big winner of the 2015 Annie Awards.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was this year's Annie winner for Best Animated Feature.
The critically acclaimed sequel took home the big award of Best Animated Feature. It also got hold of five Individual Achievement awards, which were for character animation (Fabio Lignini), directing (Dean DeBlois), music (John Powell and Jónsi), storyboarding (Truong Son Mai), and editorial (John K. Carr).
Four other animated features of 2014 also got their share of Annie wins for Individual Achievement. Laika’s The Boxtrolls managed to snatch up two wins; one for production design, and another for Sir Ben Kingsley’s voice acting as Archibald Snatcher. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller earned an Annie for their writing in The Lego Movie, while Reel FX’s character designs in The Book of Life got the movie a win, and Disney’s Big Hero 6 won the category for animated effects.
Disney's new Mickey Mouse animated series was awarded with six Annies.
On the television side of the Annies, it was Disney’s new Mickey Mouse animated series that dominated the Individual Achievement categories. It won a total of six Annies which were for directing (Aaron Springer), music (Christopher Willis), production design (Narina Sokolova), voice acting (Bill Farmer as Goofy and Grandma), writing (Darrick Bachman), and editorial (Illya Owens).
Another Disney animated series Wander Over Yonder got itself two wins for character animation (Justin Nichols) and character design (Benjamin Balistreri). Two other awards Disney won were Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience for Gravity Falls, and Best Animated Short Subject for the animated short Feast.
The complete list of this year’s Annie winners can be viewed in this Cartoon Brew article.
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