"Rango" wins the Annie Award for animated feature
Rango," the Oscar-nominated box-office hit about a pet chameleon who becomes sheriff of a small western town, won the Annie Award for animated feature from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, on Saturday.
The film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango, also won Annie Awards for character design for Mark Crash" McCreery, writing for John Logan, Verbinski and James Byrkit, and editing for Craig Wood.
Rango," which is nominated for the Academy Award for animated feature, topped a field that included Kung Fu Panda 2," Puss in Boots," Cars 2," Rio" and The Adventures of Tintin."
The 39th annual Annie Awards were handed out at a ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall. Patton Oswalt, who most recently appeared in Young Adult" and was the voice of Remy in the Oscar-winning 2007 animated movie Ratatouille," was the host of the event.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson won for directing in a feature production for Kung Fu Panda 2," which also earned an Annie for production design for Raymond Zilbach. Steven Spielberg's Tintin" won Annies for music for veteran composer John Williams and animated effects for Kevin Romond.
Jeremy Spears won an Annie for feature storyboarding for Winnie the Pooh," while Jeff Gabor took home the Annie for feature character animation for Rio." Bill Nighy won for voice acting for his role as Grandsanta in Arthur Christmas." Animated short honors went to Minkyu Lee for Adam and Dog."
The group also honored animation work in live-action productions. Eric Reynolds received the award for character animation in a live-action production for Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and Florent Andorra earned an Annie for animated effects in a live-action production for Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Besides feature films, Annies are also presented for TV, video games and commercials.
On the TV front, Kung Fu PandaSecrets of the Masters" won the Annie for animated special production, while The Simpsons" won the award for general audience animated TV production, as well as writing for the Treehouse of Horror XXII" episode for Caroline Omine.
Following is a list of the rest of the winners.