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‘Wallace’ gets last laugh at animation awards

‘Were-Rabbit’ chomps down 10 carrots at 33rd annual Annie ceremony
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

It was a 10-carrot win for “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” over the weekend, as the Oscar-nominated claymatian comedy swept the 33rd annual Annie Awards, which honor animated works.

“Wallace” directors Nick Park and Steve Box, in the United States to promote DreamWorks’ upcoming DVD release, attended Saturday’s event, which was presented by the International Animated Film Society and ASIFA-Hollywood at the Alex Theater in Glendale.

“To the DreamWorks team, we’d just like to thank you for your copious notes,” Park said. “The were like fresh manure on our vegetables.”

“Wallace” hopped off with awards for best feature, directing, writing, character animation, character design, animated effects, music, production design, storyboarding and voice acting.

“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” took home the Ub Iwerks Award, named after a key Walt Disney collaborator, for technical achievement. Ian Mackinnon and Pete Saunders, who created the film’s character models, also were in from England to receive the honors for their ingeniously machined face controls, a process Burton called the “Swiss watch” of stop-motion animation.