ASIFA-Hollywood is one of the world’s top professional organizations for movie, TV and video-game animators, and each year they honor the field’s top practitioners at the Annie Awards. The Annies features prizes in 23 competitive categories, and three SVA alumni are among the nominees: Bill Plympton’s (1969 Media Arts) video for Weird Al Yankovic’s “Don’t Download This Song” is up for Best Animated Short Subject; Carlos Saldanha (MFA 1993 Computer Art), director of Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age: The Meltdown, is in the running for Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production; and Giancarlo Volpe (BFA 1997 Animation) is nominated for Best Directing in an Animated Television Production for Nickelodeon’s The Drill.
In addition to the competitive categories, the Annies chooses a luminary from the world of animation for the honorary Winsor McCay Award, which is given in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation. Plympton is this year’s recipient, joining a list of past winners that includes Walt Disney, Max Fleischer and Chuck Jones. The Annies will announce all award recipients at a ceremony on Sunday, February 11, in Glendale, California.
Image: A young boy is hypnotized by his computer in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Don’t Download This Song.” Artwork by Bill Plympton.