Obituary: Dimitra Arliss

Actress Dimitra Arliss (b.1932) died on January 26. Arliss provided voice work for both the Iron Man and Spider-Man animated television series in the 1990s. She also appeared in the science fiction film Firefox and the fantasy film Xanadu. She may have been best know for her brief role as Salino, the hired killer, in The Sting.

Obituary: Dick Tufeld

Voice actor Dick Tufeld (b.1926) died on January 22. Tufeld may be best known as the voice of the robot on Lost in Space, a role he reprised for the film and in various homages to the series, such as an episode of The Simpsons. He had numerous other voice over roles, often uncredited, on shows including Space Patrol, The Amazing Spider-Man and His Friends, The Fantastic Four, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and many more.

Icon Award: June Foray

June Foray has been announced as the winner of this year’s Icon Award by Comic-Con. The Icon Award is presented to individuals who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience. Foray is a voice artist who has long worked in the field and may be best known for providing the voices of Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Granny, and Witch Hazel, among many others. Beginning in the Tex Avery short Wacky Wildlife in 1940, Foray still works, currently voicing characters on The Garfield Show and The Looney Toons Show. She published her autobiography in 2009.

Obituary: Osamu Dezaki

Japanese animator Osamu Dezaki (b.1943) died on April 17. Dezaki was the director of Space Adventure Cobra, The Mighty Orbots, and Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Dezaki was known for his signature “Postcard Memory,” in which the animation would freeze and be replaced by a stylized illustration of the same image. Dezaki also worked under the pseudonym “Makura Saki.”

Obituary: Bill Justice

Animator Bill Justice (b.1914) died February 10. Justice joined Walt Disney Studios in 1937 and worked on Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan. He was the primary animator for the character Thumper in Bambi. In 1965, he moved over to Disney Imagineering and helped create animated figures for The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides at Disneyland.

Obituary: Dwayne McDuffie

Producer Dwayne McDuffie (b.1962) died February 22. McDuffie joined Marvel in the late 1980s, and by 1993 had founded Milestone Media, with the goal of expanding the role of minorities in comics. McDuffie served as story editor for the animated series Justice League Unlimited, wrote for Fantastic Four and Justice League of America, and wrote the script for the animated All Star Superman.

Obituary: Kenneth Mars

Actor Kenneth Mars (b.1936) died on February 14 of pancreatic cancer. Mars appeared as Inspector Kemp in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (and as Franz Liebkind in the original The Producers). He provided voice work for King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Kingdom Hearts video game series, appeared in multiple versions of Superman, appeared in The Twilight Zone, and The Adventures of Wonder Woman, and had many more genre credits.

Annie Nominations

The Annie Awards nominations have been announced, with the winners presented on February 5, 2011 in Los Angeles by the International Animated Film Society. Founded 38 years ago, the Annies honor excellence in animation on both film and television.

Production Categories
Best Animated Feature

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Tangled
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Coyote Falls
  • Day & Night
  • Enrique Wrecks the World
  • The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
  • The Renter

Best Animated Television Commercial

  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Frito Lay Dips “And Then There Was Salsa”
  • How to Train Your Dragon Winter Olympic Interstitial “Speed Skating”
  • McDonald’s “Spaceman Stu”
  • Pop Secret “When Harry Met Sally”

Best Animated Television Production

  • Futurama
  • Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Scared Shrekless
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Arc Troopers”
  • The Simpsons “The Squirt and the Whale”

Best Animated Television Production for Children

  • Adventure Time
  • Cloudbread
  • Fanboy & Chum Chum
  • Regular Show
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Animated Video Game

  • Heavy Rain
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • Limbo
  • Shank

Individual Achievement Categories
Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Andrew Young Kim Shrek Forever After
  • Jason Mayer How to Train Your Dragon
  • Brett Miller How to Train Your Dragon
  • Sebastian Quessy Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • Krzysztof Rost Megamind

Character Animation in a Television Production

  • Nicolas A. Chauvelot Scared Shrekless
  • Savelen Forrest Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
  • Elizabeth Harvatine Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
  • David Pate Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Nideep Varghese Scared Shrekless

Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Mark Donald Megamind
  • Anthony Hodgson Megamind
  • Gabe Hordos How to Train Your Dragon
  • Jakob Hjort Jensen How to Train Your Dragon
  • David Torres How to Train Your Dragon

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • Quentin Miles – Clash of the Titans
  • Ryan Page – Alice in Wonderland

Character Design in a Television Production

  • Andy Bialk The Ricky Gervais Show
  • Stephen DeStefano Sym-Bionic Titan
  • Ernie Gilbert T.U.F.F. Puppy
  • Gordon Hammond T.U.F.F. Puppy
  • Steve Lambe Fanboy & Chum Chum

Character Design in a Feature Production

  • Sylvain Chomet The Illusionist
  • Carter Goodrich Despicable Me
  • Timothy Lamb Megamind
  • Nico Marlet How to Train Your Dragon

Directing in a Television Production

  • Bob Anderson The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror XXI”
  • Peter Chung Firebreather
  • Duke Johnson Frankenhole “Humanitas”
  • Tim Johnson Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Gary Trousdale Scared Shrekless

Directing in a Feature Production

  • Sylvain Chomet The Illusionist
  • Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud Despicable Me
  • Mamoru Hosoda Summer Wars
  • Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois How to Train Your Dragon
  • Lee Unkrich Toy Story 3

Music in a Television Production

  • J. Walter Hawkes, Billy Lopez The Wonder Pets!
  • Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer and John Powell Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Tim Long, Alf Clausen, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement The Simpsons “Elementary School Musical”
  • Shawn Patterson Robot Chicken’s DP Christmas Special
  • Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nick Carr, Tuck Tucker SpongeBob SquarePants

Music in a Feature Production

  • Sylvain Chomet The Illusionist
  • David Hirschfelder Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • John Powell How to Train Your Dragon
  • Harry Gregson Williams Shrek Forever After
  • Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira Despicable Me

Production Design in a Television Production

  • Alan Bodner Neighbors From Hell
  • Barry Jackson Firebreather
  • Pete Oswald Doubtsourcing
  • Richie Sacilioc Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Scott Wills Sym-Bionic Titan

Production Design in a Feature Production

  • Yarrow Cheney Despicable Me
  • Eric Guillon Despicable Me
  • Dan Hee Ryu Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • Pierre Olivier Vincent How to Train Your Dragon
  • Peter Zaslav Shrek Forever After

Storyboarding in a Television Production

  • Sean Bishop Scared Shrekless
  • Fred Gonzales T.U.F.F. Puppy
  • Tom Owens Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  • Dave Thomas Fairly OddParents

Storyboarding in a Feature Production

  • Alessandro Carloni How to Train Your Dragon
  • Paul Fisher Shrek Forever After
  • Tom Owens How to Train Your Dragon
  • Catherine Yuh Rader Megamind

Voice Acting in a Television Production

  • Jeff Bennett as The Necronomicon Fanboy & Chum Chum
  • Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show
  • James Hong as Mr. Ping Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Voice Acting in a Feature Production

  • Jay Baruchel as Hiccup How to Train Your Dragon
  • Gerard Butler as Stoick How to Train Your Dragon
  • Steve Carrell as Gru Despicable Me
  • Cameron Diaz as Fiona Shrek Forever After
  • Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Writing in a Television Production

  • Daniel Arkin Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Heroes on Both Sides”
  • Jon Colton Barry & Piero Piluso Phineas & Ferb “Nerds of a Feather”
  • John Frink The Simpsons “Stealing First Base”
  • Geoff Johns, Matthew Beans, Zeb Wells, Hugh Sterbakov, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Mike Fasolo, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Dan Milano, Kevin Shinick & Hugh Davidson Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
  • Michael Rowe Futurama

Writing in a Feature Production

  • Michael Arndt Toy Story 3
  • Sylvain Chomet The Illusionist
  • William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders How to Train Your Dragon
  • Dan Fogelman Tangled
  • Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons Megamind

Juried Awards

  • Winsor McCay Award — Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg, Matt Groening
  • June Foray — Ross Iwamoto
  • Ub Iwerks Award — Autodes
  • Special Achievement — Waking Sleeping Beauty

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Obituary: Alex Anderson

Animator Alex Anderson (b.1920) died on October 22. Anderson created the design for the characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle J. Moose, Dudley Do-Right, and Crusader Rabbit while working for Jay Ward Productions. Because Anderson did not want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, he did not work directly on Rocky and His Friends or subsequent shows and only had a consulting credit. Anderson sued Jay Ward Productions for credit in the creation of the characters.

Obituary: Billie Mae Richards

Actress Billy Mae Richards (b.1921) died on September 10 following a series of strokes. Richards appeared in the 1988 TV series War of the Worlds and the films Gammera the Invincible and Shadow Builder. Her best known role, however, was providing the title character’s voice for the Bass-Rankin production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and subsequent films.