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'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'Rango' lead Annie award nominations

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DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 picked up 12 nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards — announced today by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood — including Best Animated Feature and Best Director. DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and Paramount’s Rango won nine nods, and Pixar’s Cars 2 earned seven. Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture The Adventures of Tintin won five nods, including Best Feature; the last animated film built from performances by live actors to earn a nod for the top prize at the Annies was 2006’s Monster House.

Curiously, Cars 2 did not earn nominations for director John Lasseter, the film’s screenplay, or any of its voice talent. Last year, Disney and Pixar boycotted the Annies over a dispute concerning its voting practices (although Disney and Pixar films were still eligible for nominations), but both companies rejoined the awards this year.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2012, at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Check out a list of the top nominees below: 

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris – Folimage

Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L.

Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios

Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited

Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation

Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation

Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Rio – Blue Sky Studios

The Adventures of Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Best General Audience Animated TV Show

Archer – FX Productions

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Warner Bros. Animation

Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas – Hallmark

MAD – Warner Bros. Animation

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 – Starburns Industries, Inc.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

The Simpsons – Gracie Films

Best Animated Video Game

Bumpy Road – Simogo

Catherine – Atlus

Gears of War 3 – Epic Games

Gesundheit – Konami Digital Entertainment

Ghost Trick: “Phantom Detective” – Capcom

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell

Ratchet and Clark: All 4 One – Insomniac

Rayman Origins – Ubisoft Montpellier

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Naughty Dog

Best Directing in a Feature Production

Carlos Saldanha, Rio

Chris Miller, Puss In Boots

Don Hall & Stephen Anderson, Winnie The Pooh

Gore Verbinski, Rango

Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Kung Fu Panda 2

Kelly Asbury, Gnomeo & Juliet

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Ashley Jensen as Bryony — Arthur Christmas

Bill Nighy as Grandsanta — Arthur Christmas

Gary Oldman as Shen — Kung Fu Panda 2

James Hong as Mr. Ping — Kung Fu Panda 2

Jemaine Clement as Nigel — Rio

Jim Cummings as Featherstone — Gnomeo and Juliet

Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty — Puss In Boots

Writing in a Feature Production

Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Kathy Greenberg, Emily Cook, Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton — Gnomeo & Juliet

Brian Kesinger, Kendelle Hoyer, Don Dougherty, Clio Chiang, Don Hall, Stephen Anderson — Winnie The Pooh

John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit — Rango

Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham — Arthur Christmas

Steve Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cronish — The Adventures of Tintin

Click here for the full list of nominees.

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