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Up wins Best Animated Feature at 37th Annual Annie Awards

Pixar Animation Studio’s Up wins the Best Animated Feature honor at the 37th Annual Annie Awards held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Walt Disney Animation Studios won six Annies overall including three for its feature The Princess and the Frog and three for its television production Prep and Landing.

DreamWorks Animation won five Annies including Best Television Production for Children and Directing/TV for The Penguins of Madagascar, Character Animation/TV and Storyboarding/Feature for Monsters vs. Aliens and Storyboarding/TV for Merry Madagascar.

Best Home Entertainment Production went to 20th Century Fox’s Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder; Best Animated Short Subject went to ShadowMachine’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5; Acme Filmworks won Best Animated Television Commercial for Spanish Lottery ‘Deportees’; Best Animated Television Production went to Disney’s Prep and Landing; and Best Animated Television Production for Children went to DreamWorks’ The Penguins of Madagascar.

The Winsor McCay award was given to three industry leaders – Tim Burton, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bruce Timm. Named in honor of the prolific animator, Winsor McCay, this award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.


‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ and ‘Madagascar’ holiday specials coming to NBC

NBC has joined with DreamWorks Animation to air two all-new animated holiday television specials based on the studio’s feature films, “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar,” both featuring many of the characters as voiced by the original talent from the films.

The first of the 30-minute specials is titled, “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.” It features the voices of cast members Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson. The special is set to air on Wednesday, October 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET, repeating from 8:30-9 p.m. ET). The second special, “Merry Madagascar,” is scheduled to broadcast on Tuesday, November 17 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) and repeat on Saturday, November 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) just before the holiday season.


‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ sequel on the bubble

AWN reports that DreamWorks Animation is undecided on whether or not to begin work on a Monsters vs. Aliens sequel. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg commented that a sequel is questionable after an unimpressive (by DreamWorks Animation standards) international performance.

Monsters vs. Aliens grossed $377 million worldwide, with $198 million coming from the domestic market. According to Katzenberg, “Domestically it has performed at a level that would surely qualify it as a sequel, and internationally it did not. This is the first movie we’ve had that’s right on the bubble.” A decision will be made soon.


‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ debuts at No. 1

DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” destroyed the competition this weekend with a $58.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. This makes it the biggest debut so far of 2009, taking out Watchmen’s $55.2 million debut earlier this month.

“Monsters vs. Aliens” was shown in 3D on 2,080 screens, while the rest of the 7,300 screens were traditional, non digital screens. DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming films, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Goes Fourth,” will also be in 3D.


3D ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ ad to air during Super Bowl XLIII

DreamWorks Animation announced recently that it will debut a 90-second 3D ad for their upcoming “Monsters vs. Aliens” film during Super Bowl XLIII.

The commercial will be broadcast at the end of the 2nd quarter on NBC on Sunday, February 1, 2009. Viewers will also be treated to a 3D episode of CHUCK on Monday, February 2 at 9 p.m.

Intel has produced more than 125 million pairs of 3D glasses available at 25,000 SoBe Lifewater retail displays in participating stores. If you can’t find a pair, call 1-800-646-2904 to order a pair.


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