The nominees for this year's Annie Awards have been announced and Star Wars: The Clone Wars is well-represented. Here are the four categories in which a cast or crew member from the series was nominated:
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Andrew Nawrot, Joe Gorski, Grant Laker – ParaNorman – Focus Features Andrew Schneider Ice Age: Continental Drift – Blue Sky Studios Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton - Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Brett Albert – Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios Jihyun Yoon – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – DreamWorks Animation Joel Aron – Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Dan Driscoll 'SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas!' – Nickelodeon Animation Studios Jennifer Dickie ‘Justin Time: Yodel Odel Day’ – Guru Studio Keith Kellogg ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge’ – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. Forrest Savelen ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios Shi Zimu ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ – DreamWorks Animation Sihanouk Marinona ‘Before Orel: Trust’ – Starburns Industries, Inc. Teri Yam ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ – DreamWorks Animation Yan Jiazhuang ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ – DreamWorks Animation
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
Editorial in an Animated Television Production Bret Marnell Puss in Boots: Three Diablos – DreamWorks Animation Chris Hink Robot and Monster: Cheer Up Mr. Wheelie – Nickelodeon Animation Studios Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Waeden, Otto Ferraye Kung Fu Panda: ‘Monkey in the Middle – Nickelodeon Animation Studios Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Waeden, Otto Ferraye Kung Fu Panda - Enter the Dragon – Nickelodeon Animation Studios Jason Tucker Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revival – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. Lynn Hobson Dragons: Riders of Berk: Animal House – DreamWorks Animation Pieter Kaufman Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess – Disney TV Animation Steffie Lucchesi, Matt Steinauer, May Blaisdell Dan Vs Monster Under The Bed – Film Roman The Clone Wars received five nominations in 2010 and four in 2011, but in neither year did it win in any category. You would think that an awards show called the "Annies" would eventually show some love for the current flagship Star Wars project! In any event, this year's winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Congratulations and good luck to Joel Aron, Keith Kellogg, Sam Witwer, and Jason Tucker!