Presented by the LA branch of the International Animated Film Association, the “Annie Award” is one of the highest honors given to animated filmmakers for outstanding achievement in the form. This year’s Annie nominations are now out for your perusal.

Pixar, having had two releases this year, has garnered 24 nominations – including 14 for Inside Out. Also of note is a new category having been added: Best Animated Feature – Independent. I’m not sure if Studio Ghibli is necessarily considered an independent studio (maybe?), but if it gets more eyes on the rather enchanting When Marnie Was There, I’m all for it.

Here are the production categories, for a full list of nominees visit the Annie Awards site.

Best Animated Feature

  • Anomalisa – Paramount Pictures
  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Shaun the Sheep The Movie – Aardman Animations
  • The Good Dinosaur – Pixar Animation Studios
  • The Peanuts Movie – Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Best Animated Special Production

  • Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas – Warner Bros. Animation
  • He Named Me Malala – Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door
  • I Am A Witness – Moonbot Studios
  • Kite – Epic Games
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck – End of Movie, LLC
  • Niko and the Sword of Light – Titmouse, Inc. / Amazon Studios

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Carface – National Film Board of Canada
  • DISSONANCE – frameboX
  • If I was God – National Film Board of Canada
  • On Ice – Google/Evil Eye Pictures
  • Sanjay’s Super Team – Pixar Animation Studios
  • World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

  • Chex Party Mix: “Holiday Magic” – Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
  • Man and Dog – Psyop
  • Michelin Total Performance: “All the Performances In Every Tire” – Moonbot Studios
  • We Are All Farmers – Acme Filmworks

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

  • Bubble Guppies – Episode: 326 – “Super Guppies!” – Nickelodeon Nelvana
  • PAW Patrol – Episode: 213, Pups Save A MerPup -Spin Master Nickelodeon
  • Pet er Rabbit – Episode: 216 – The Kitten and Pig Adventure – Nickelodeon Productions Silvergate Media
  • Sheriff Callie’s Wild West – Episode: #201A “The Good, the Bad & the Yo-Yo” – Wild Canary Animation / Disney Junior
  • Transformers Rescue Bots – Episode: “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” – Hasbro Studios
  • Tumble Leaf – Episode: Mirror – Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

  • Clarence – Episode: Turtle Hats – Cartoon Network
  • Gravity Falls – Episode: Not What He Seems – Disney Television Animation
  • Harvey Beaks – Episode: A Day of No To-Do – Nickelodeon
  • Sanjay & Craig – Episode: Street Dogg – Nickelodeon
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil – Episode: Blood Moon Ball – Disney Television Animation
  • Steven Universe – Episode: Jail Break – Cartoon Network Studios
  • Wander Over Yonder – Episode: The Breakfast – Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers – Episode: Can’t Buy Me Math – Twentieth Century Fox Television Bento Box Entertainment
  • BoJack Horseman – Episode: Brand New Couch – The Tornante Company
  • Moonbeam City – Episode: Quest for Aquatica – Titmouse, Inc. / Comedy Central
  • The Simpsons – Episode: Halloween of Horror – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Feature-Independent

  • Boy and the World – Filme de Papel
  • Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet – Ventanarosa
  • The Boy and the Beast – Studio Chizu
  • When Marnie Was There – Studio Ghibli



  1. It looks like Disney is pushing “Inside Out” as a Best Picture nominee, and “The Good Dinosaur” as a Best Animated Feature nominee.
    Of course, it’s up to the BAF committee to select the nominees, regardless of what the studios prefer.

    The 2017 Oscars will be interesting, as Disney will have three features in contention, just like in 2013.

    BTW, if you love great animation suitable for adults, I recommend most of the DIsney XD slate. Wander Over Yonder, Gravity Falls, Star, Penn Zero

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