This article comes to us from Variety.
Hollywood’s longest running toon kudofest, which Disney has sponsored since its first year in 1972, will have to go on without submissions or support from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
“After more than a year of discussions with the ASIFA board, we have regretfully decided to withdraw from the organization and no longer participate in the annual Annie Awards,” said Disney-Pixar prexy Ed Catmull.
“We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board.
Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns.”
While some at Disney suggested the move could cripple ASIFA-Hollywood — a 5,000-strong organization of animation professionals and enthusiasts — by rendering its top prize “the best animated feature not produced by Disney-Pixar,” org chief Antran Manoogian insisted releases such as Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” and Disney Animation’s “Tangled” can still compete.Catmull’s criticisms come at a time when animated features have been driving the box office, boosted by the use of 3D in the field. Though the Annies predate the addition of animated feature categories to such award shows as the Oscars, Golden Globes and the PGA Awards, the rise of such prestigious competition has forced ASIFA to reevaluate its own process in order to remain credible.
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