The How To Train Your Dragon sequel paid off big for DreamWorks over the weekend at the 42nd annual Annie Awards, which were held Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, How To Train Your Dragon 2 won six awards, including best animated feature and best director for writer-director Dean DeBlois, as well as recognition for character animation, editing, music, and storyboarding.
Also in features, Focus and Laika’s The Boxtrolls won awards for production design and voice acting, as Ben Kingsley was awarded for his role as Archibald Snatcher. The Book Of Life won an award for character design. For animated effects, Disney’s Big Hero 6 won for an animated feature and Edge Of Tomorrow for a live-action production. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won for character animation in a live-action production.
And although Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie received the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures at the Producers Guild Awards the previous week, it won just one Annie, a writing award for writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
In TV animation, Disney’s Gravity Falls was named Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For A Children’s Audience, while The Simpsons won for Best General Audience. Amazon’s new Tumble Leaf series won for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children.
Disney Mickey Mouse won five awards, including writing, directing, and voicework. The Legend Of Korra won a storyboarding award, and Disney’s Wander Over Yonder won for character design and animation. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was named best animated special production.
Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts: The Great War was named best video game, while the company’s Assassin’s Creed Unity won for character animation.