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27th Annual Annie Awards

International Animated Film Society honors THE IRON GIANT and others.

By Frank Garcia     November 11, 1999

Warner Brothers' THE IRON GIANT won during the 27th Annual Annie Awards ceremonies held at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. In a ceremony on Saturday, November 7, 1999, this animated feature won nine awards including the coveted Outstanding Achievement in Feature Animation. Out of a list of 15 nominations, THE IRON GIANT also captured awards for writing, directing, music, storyboarding, character animation, effects animation, individual voiceover and production design. The film will be released on videotape November 23, 1999.

Fox TV's THE SIMPSONS won big in the television category with the coveted Outstanding Achievement for a Television Program category and a Writing award for 'Simpsons Bible Stories.'

Of special interest to our readers, BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES and BATMAN BEYOND each won an award. Glen Murakami won for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design for his work on the unique BATMAN ANIMATED episode 'Legends of the Dark Knight.' Also, Adam van Wyck walked away with the Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding award for his work on the BATMAN BEYOND's 'Black Out.'

The Annie Awards are a presentation by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. This 40-year old organization was founded in 1957 in France and represents 1700 members in over 55 countries.

The complete list of winners:


Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production: THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE, Walt Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature:

Winner: THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Interactive Production: THE GODDAMN GEORGE LIQUOR PROGRAM, Spumco, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject: BUNNY, Blue Sky Studios

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Commercial: 'Condom 'Sensitive,'' Levi Strauss, Wild Brain, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program: THE SIMPSONS, Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Character Animation: Steve Markowski, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Effects Animation: Allen Foster, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production: Mark Gustafson, 'Bougie Nights,' THE PJS, Will Vinton Studios

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Brad Bird, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production: Randy Rogel (Composer and Lyricist), 'That Is the Story That's Told by the Bard'

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production: Michael Kamen (Composer), THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Production: Glen Murakami, 'Legends of the Dark Knight,' THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVANTURES, Warner Bros. Television Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production: Alan Bodner, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production: Adam van Wyck, 'Black Out,' BATMAN BEYOND, Warner Bros. Television Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Mark Andrews, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production: Tim Long, Larry Doyle, and Matt Selman, 'Simpsons Bible Stories,' THE SIMPSONS, Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production: Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production: Rob Paulsen, as the voice of Pinky, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS PINKY, ELMYRA & THE BRAIN, Warner Bros. Television Animation

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Eli Marienthal, as the voice of Hogarth Hughes, THE IRON GIANT, Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Technical Achievement in the Field of Animation: Eric Daniels, for the development of the Deep Canvas process in TARZAN, Walt Disney Feature Animation

June Foray Award (Significant and Benevolent Impact): Dave Master

Winsor McCay Award (Lifetime Achievement): Marcell Jankovics, award winning animator and director from Hungary whose films include SYSYPHUS and FEHERLOFIA, SON OF THE WHITE MARE; Ray Patterson, one of the animators at MGM during the Golden Age, who worked on Tom and Jerry and sharpened his skills with Tex Avery; Con Pederson, CGI pioneer who worked on MAN IN SPACE, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and Rhythm and Hues Coca Cola bears

Certificate of Merit: Melanie Crandall, Michael Mallory

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