ASIFA-Hollywood, a branch of L’Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, celebrated its 25th Annual Annie Awards last month, honoring individuals and works that have made a significant contribution to the art and field of animation. It gave its highest award-Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature-to Cats Don’t Dance. The film also landed an Annie for Randy Newman for Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature/Home Video production. Aladdin and the King of Thieves was named for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production, and The Simpsons won for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program.
Additional honors went to Nora Johnson, who won the storyboarding prize for Cow and Chicken’s ‘Orthodontic Police’ episode. Voice acting Annies went to June Foray for Granny in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and Rob Paulsen for Pinky in Steven Spielberg presents Pinky & The Brain. Receiving honors for Outstanding Individual Achievement for TV Writing were Jason Butler Rote and Paul Rudish for Dexter’s Laboratory’s ‘The Beard to be Feared’ segment. Overall winners were The Simpsons, which won the most TV awards, and Hercules, which had the highest tally in theatrical categories (both won four).