Thursday, December 3, 2009

Annie Award Nominiees Include Green Lantern

The nominations for the 37th Annual Annie Awards, the industry's animation awards ceremony, have been announced and there are a few categories that involve superhero animation:

Green Lantern: First Flight has been nominated for Best Home Entertainment Production. It will be up against Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (Universal Animation Studios), Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), Open Season 2 (Sony Pictures Animation) and SpongeBob vs. The Big One (Nickelodeon).

In the INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES, Adam Van Wyk has been nominated for Storyboarding in a Television Production for his work on Spectacular Spider-Man, Final Curtain

Adam is no stranger to storyboarding. In fact, he has lent his talent for boarding big action/adventure shows to a number of productions, including Superman, Batman Beyond, X-Men: Evolution, Justice League, Justice League: Unlimited, Superman: Doomsday, Teen Titans, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Justice League: The New Frontier, Legion of Super Heroes, Wonder Woman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold...and that's just the superhero shows! It is really great to see such talent recognized.

There are a few other awards that will be dished out, including the Winsor McCay Award which will go to Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Jeffrey Katzenberg. Bruce Timm, as we all know, is co-responsible for Batman: the Animated Series which led the way in the resurgence of television animation in the 90s.

Getting the June Foray Award this year is Tom Sito who is an expert animator, director and storyboard artist. He was a major storyboard artist for Filmation in the 80s, working on multiple shows including He-Man and Ghostbusters. In the 90s some of his best work included character animation for the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the Genie in Disney's Aladdin. More recently, Tom lent his skills as a storyboard artist for Ultimate Avengers: The Movie.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients! The 37th Annual Annie Awards is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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