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Annie Award nominees announced -- Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, & more

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Which of 2012’s animated films drew the most applause?

According to the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, the options include Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and DreamWorks’s Rise of the Guardians. All three — among others — were nominated for animation’s highest honor today when the group named the contenders for its 40th annual Annie Awards. The prizes will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

See who else made the cartoon cut with this list of nominees for the Annie Awards’ biggest honors. A full list of nominees can be found at the awards’ website.

Best Animated Feature

Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios

Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation

ParaNorman – Focus Features

Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation

The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations

The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS

Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation

Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment

Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation

Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation

Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Best Animated Short Subject

Brad and Gary – Illumination Entertainment

Bydlo – National Film Board of Canada

Eyes on the Stars – StoryCorps

Goodnight Mr. Foot – Sony Pictures Animation

Kali the Little Vampire – National Film Board of Canada

Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Paperman – Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Simpsons — ‘Bill Plympton Couch Gag’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Best Animated Television Commercial

NO NOMINATIONS

Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children

Bubble Guppies, ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Chuggington, ‘Magnetic Wilson’ – Ludorum

Jake & The Never Land Pirates, ‘Peter Pan Returns’ – Disney TV Animation

Doc McStuffins, ‘The Right Stuff’ – Disney TV Animation

Justin Time, ‘Marcello’s Meatballs’ – Guru Studio

Best Animated Television Production For Children

Adventure Time, ‘Princess Cookie’ – Cartoon Network Studios

Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation

LEGO Star Wars, ‘The Empire Strikes Out’ – Threshold Animation Studios

Penguins of Madagascar, ‘Action Reaction’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

SpongeBob SquarePants, ‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

The Amazing World of Gumball, ‘The Job’ – Turner Broadcasting System Europe, Ltd.

The Fairly OddParents, ‘Farm Pit’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

The Legend of Korra, ‘Welcome to Republic City’/’A Leaf in the Wind – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Best General Audience Animated Television Production

Archer, ‘Space Race, Part 1’ – Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX

Bob’s Burgers, ‘Earsy Rider’ – 20th Century Fox TV

Motorcity, ‘Blond Thunder’ – Disney TV Animation

MAD, ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’ – Warner Bros. Animation

Robot Chicken, ‘DC Comics Special’ – Stoopid Buddy Studios

South Park, ‘Raising the Bar’ – Central Productions

Animated Video Game

Borderlands 2 – Gearbox Software

Family Guy – Back to the Mutiverse – Heavy Iron Studios

Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America

Skullgirls – Lab Zero Games

Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

James Patrick Stuart as Private, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘High Moltage’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Jeff Bennett as Keswick, T.U.F.F. Puppy, ‘Pup Daddy’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, Archer, ‘Lo Scandolo’ – Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX Network

Kevin Michael Richardson as Willem Viceroy, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, ‘Gossip Boy’ – Disney TV Animation

Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines, Gravity Falls, ‘Tourist Trapped’ – Disney TV Animation

Mae Whitman as April O’Neil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ‘Rise of the Turtles’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Sam Witwer as Darth Maul, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ‘Revenge’ – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.

Tom McGrath as Skipper, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘The Otter Woman’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Adam Sandler as Dracula, Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation

Alan Tudyk as King Candy, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Atticus Shaffer as “E” Gore, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios

Catherine O’Hara as Weird Girl, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios

Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria, The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations

Jim Cummings as Budzo, Adventures in Zambezia – Saltzman Communications

Jude Law as Pitch, Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation

Kelly MacDonald as Merida, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Doug Langdale, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, ‘Kung Fu Day Care’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Eric Horsted, Futurama, ‘The Bots and the Bees’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Gabe Garza, Penguins of Madagascar, ‘Endangerous Species’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Ian Maxtone-Graham, Billy Kimball, The Simpsons, ‘How I Wet Your Mother’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Kacey Arnold, Robot and Monster, ‘The Blimp’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh, Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘Animal House’ – DreamWorks Animation

Stephanie Gillis, The Simpsons, ‘A Tree Grows in Springfield’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Trey Parker, South Park, ‘Jewpacabra’ – Central Productions

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Chris Butler, ParaNorman – Focus Features

Gideon Defoe, The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations

Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Karey Kirkpatrick, From Up on Poppy Hill – GKIDS

John August, Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios

Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Howie Parkins, Jake and The Never Land Pirates, ‘Peter Pan Returns!’ – Disney TV Animation

John Eng, Dragons: Riders of Berk, ‘Animal House’ – DreamWorks Animation

Mark Cabalero, Seamus Walsh, SpongeBob SquarePants, ‘It’s a Spongebob Christmas’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Mic Graves, The Amazing World of Gumball, ‘The Job’ – Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd.

Michael Chang, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ‘Never Say Xever’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Zack Keller, Dick Figures, ‘Kung Fu Winners’ – 6 Point Media

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation

Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux, The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS

Remi Bezancon, Jean-Christophe Lie, Zarafa – GKIDS

Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Sam Fell, Chris Butler, ParaNorman – Focus Features

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award – Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam, Mark Henn

June Foray – Howard Green

Ub Iwerks – Toon Boom Animation Pipeline