26th Annie Awards

Annie Awards

Best Feature Film:

Best Primetime Television Program:
The Simpsons

Best Daytime Television Program:
The New Batman/Superman Adventures

Best Home Video Production:
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

Best Short Subject:
Geri's Game

The 26th Annie Awards were given by the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood to honor outstanding achievements in the field of animation in 1998. Mulan almost swept all film awards, winning 10 awards from its 12 nominations, including Outstanding Animated Theatrical Feature. The Simpsons won its sixth consecutive award on Outstanding Animated Television Program.

Production categories

The Outstanding Animated Television Program was split into two competitive categories: Outstanding Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program and Outstanding Animated Daytime Television Program. The award Outstanding Animated Television Commercial was awarded for the first time since 21st Annie Awards ceremony.

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Outstanding Animated Short Subject
Outstanding Animated Television Commercial
Outstanding Animated Interactive Production
Outstanding Animated Interstitial, Promotional Production or Title Sequence

Outstanding individual achievements in Film

Outstanding Achievement in Directing
Outstanding Achievement in Producing
Outstanding Achievement in Effects Animation
Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting, Male
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting, Female
Outstanding Achievement in Writing
  • Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer  – Mulandouble-dagger
    • Karl Geurs and Carter Crocker  – Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
    • Flip Kobler, Cindy Marcus, Bill Motz, and Bob Roth  – Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
    • Eric Tudhman (animation adaption), Susan Gauthire, Bruce Graham, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White (screenplay)  – Anastasia
    • Richard Tulloch  – FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding

Outstanding individual achievements in Television

Outstanding Achievement in Directing
Outstanding Achievement in Producing
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting, Male
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting, Female
Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Alf Clausen (music) and Ken Keeler (lyrics)  – The Simpsons for the episode "The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson" for the song "You're Checkin' In" (A Musical Tribute to the Betty Ford Center)double-dagger
Outstanding Achievement in Writing
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding

Juried Awards

Winsor McCay Award
Recognition for career contributions to the art of animation

  • Eyvind Earle
    Known today for his fine art paintings, Earle worked for the Walt Disney Studios as background artist, color stylist and production designer for such classic films as Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty and later created art films of his own.
  • Hayao Miyazaki
    One of the world's most influential animation filmmakers, Miyazaki is the director of many Japanese features, including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke, the highest-grossing film ever released in Japan.
  • Ernie Pintoff
    A veteran animation teacher, director and producer of both theatrical shorts (including the Oscar-winning The Critic) and commercials, Pintoff helped to define a new look for animation in the 1950s through his work at UPA and Terrytoons.

June Foray Award
Recognition of benevolent/charitable impact on the art and industry of animation

  • Antran Manoogian

Certificate of Merit
Recognition for service to the art, craft and industry of animation

  • Max Howard
  • B. Paul Husband
  • Media City Center
  • Jean Ann Wright

Multiple wins and nominations

The following twenty productions received multiple nominations:

Nominations Production
Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain
5 Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Genie's Great Minds
Oh Yeah! Cartoons
Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
3 Cow and Chicken
Dexter's Laboratory
The Simpsons
2 The Angry Beavers
Babes in Toyland
Belle's Magical World
King of the Hill
The Legend of Calamity Jane
Quest for Camelot
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries

The following three productions received multiple awards:

Awards Production
10 Mulan
3 Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain
The Simpsons

External links

Barry Cook

Barry Cook (born August 12, 1958) is an American film director who has worked in the animated film industry since the 1980s. Cook and Tony Bancroft directed Mulan (1998) and won the 1998 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. Cook was also the co-director for Arthur Christmas (2011), directed by Sarah Smith. Cook also directed Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) with Neil Nightingale.

Eyvind Earle

Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rahr West Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum have purchased Earle's works for their permanent collections. His works have also been shown in many one-man exhibitions throughout the world.

Godzilla (1998 film)

Godzilla is a 1998 American monster film directed by Roland Emmerich, co-written by Emmerich with producer Dean Devlin. A reimagining of Toho's Godzilla franchise, it is the 23rd film in the franchise and the first Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, and Harry Shearer. The film is dedicated to Tomoyuki Tanaka, the co-creator and producer of various Godzilla films, who died in April 1997. In the film, scientists and the military deal with a giant monster who migrates to New York City to nest its young.

In October 1992, TriStar Pictures announced plans to produce a trilogy of Godzilla films. Jan de Bont was hired in July 1994 to direct the film based on a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. De Bont left the project in December 1994 due to budget disputes and Emmerich was hired in May 1996 to direct and co-write a new script with producer Dean Devlin. Principal photography began in May 1997 and ended in September 1997.

Godzilla was released on May 20, 1998 to negative reviews. It grossed $136 million domestically and $379 million worldwide, but was considered a box office disappointment. Planned sequels were cancelled and an animated series was produced instead. In 2004, Toho began trademarking new iterations of TriStar's Godzilla as "Zilla", with only the incarnations from the 1998 film and animated show retaining the Godzilla copyright/trademark.

Tony Bancroft

Tony Bancroft (born July 31, 1967) is an American animator and film director who frequently collaborates with Disney. He is founder and owner of the faith-driven animation company Toonacious Family Entertainment. Tony currently serves as the Executive VP Creative Development and Production for DivideNine Animation Studios.



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