Joy and Sadness fight for prominence in 'Inside Out'
Joy and Sadness fight for prominence in 'Inside Out'

The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar's "Inside Out," which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. "The Good Dinosaur," which dominated VES animation on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep.

In addition, GKids' "Boy and the World," the first Brazilian Oscar nominee (from director Alê Abreu and Filme de Papel), won the inauguaral indie prize, and Don Hertzfeldt's "World of Tomorrow," the Oscar frontrunner, took Best Animated Short.

For live-action, "The Revenant" bear claimed another character animation honor for ILM, and Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Sokovia Destruction) took the Animated Effects award.

Both "Boy and the World" and "World of Tomorrow" are brilliant hand-drawn works: "Boy" unfolds like a sumptuous tapestry for a small stick figure of a boy, who experiences an exciting yet difficult rite of passage. At the same time, Abreu offers a devastating political critique. "Tomorrow," meanwhile, is a trippy sci-fi fable about a little girl who's escorted by her older self on a tour of humanity's dark future.

Winsor McCay honorary awards were presented to Phil Roman ("The Simpsons," "Peanuts"), Studio Ghibli''s Isao Takahata and posthumously to the late Joe Ranft of Pixar. And producer Don Hahn ("The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast") received the June Foray award.

As for Pixar and Pete Docter, "Inside Out" isn't merely about winning another Oscar. The movie represents a new milestone for both. It's their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic. 

"All the films I've worked on have changed me in some way," Docter told me. "It's almost like the process of thinking about this stuff day in and day out is like meditation where you're ruminating on the same kind of themes and ideas. 'Inside Out' is about connecting with people and I think that's the reason why Sadness is there. It's only through the emotions that are negative that we are able to deeply connect with people."


43rd Annie Awards Recipient's List 

Best Animated Feature: 

Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production:

He Named Me Malala - Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

Best Animated Short Subject

Don Hertzfeldt - World of Tomorrow

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial:

Man and Dog - Psyop

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children: Tumble Leaf - Episode: Mirror - Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children:

Wander Over Yonder - Episode: The Breakfast - Disney Television Animation

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for a General Audience:

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

Best Student Film

ed - Taha Neyestani, Sheridan College

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production:

Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall - The Good Dinosaur - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:

Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Florent Andorra and Georg Kaltenbrunner - Marvel's 

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Sokovia Destruction - Marvel Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Television/BroadcastProduction:

Chi-Ho Chan - Dragons: Race to the Edge - Episode: "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1" 

- DreamWorks Animation Television

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Feature Production:

Allison Rutland - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production:

Matthew Shumway, Adrian Millington, Blaine Toderian, Alexander Poei and Kevin Lan - 
The Revenant - The Bear - Regency Enterprises, New Regency 

Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment 

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game:

David Gibson - Evolve - 2K Games 

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in a TV/Broadcast Production:

Craig Kellman - Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas - Screen Novelties and Warner Bros. 

Animation

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production:

Albert Lozano and Chris Sasaki - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Matt Braly - Gravity Falls - Episode: Northwest Mansion Mystery - Disney Television 

Animation 

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production:

Pete Docter - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios 

Outstanding Achievement for Music in a TV/Broadcast Production:

Christopher Willis - Disney Mickey Mouse - Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! - Disney 

Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production:

Michael Giacchino - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast 

Production: Kevin Dart, Sylvia Liu, Chris Turnham and Eastwood Wong - The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show - Episode: "Peabody's Parents/Galileo" - DreamWorks Animation 

Television 

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production:

Ralph Eggleston - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a TV/Broadcast Production:

Alonso Ramirez Ramos - Disney Mickey Mouse - Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! - Disney 

Television Animation 

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production:

Tony Rosenast - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Kristen Schaal - Bob's Burgers - Episode: Hawk & Chick - Twentieth Century Fox 

Television and Bento Box Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:

Phyllis Smith - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios 

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Steven Davis and Kelvin Yu - Bob's Burgers - Episode: The Hauntening - Twentieth 

Century Fox Television Bento Box Entertainment 

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production:

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in a TV/Broadcast Production:

Illya Owens - Disney Mickey Mouse - Episode: Coned - Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production:

Kevin Nolting - Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios