‘Princess and the Frog,’ ‘Prep and Landing’ Lead Annie Nominations

Disney animators are back on top of the cartoon world after dominating nominations for the 37th annual Annie Awards.

The family film studio’s  The Princess and the Frog landed eight nods, and upcoming festive TV special Prep and Landing claimed nine in the TV awards categories.

The Princess and the Frog will compete with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Secret of Kells and Up for the Annie Awards’ top honor, Best Film, while The Simpsons will be the major competition for Prep and Landing in the Best Animated TV Production category.

The coveted Best Animated Television Production for Children prize will be fought for by Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Mighty B! and The Penguins of Madagascar

Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Pete Docter (Up), Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo) and Henry Selick (Coraline) will compete for the Best Director award. Anderson and writing partner Noah Baumbach are also favorites to land the writing award for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Meanwhile, John Leguizamo (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Dawn French (Coraline), Hugh Laurie (Monsters vs. Aliens), Jennifer Lewis and Jen Cody (both The Princess and the Frog) are the nominees for the Voice Acting in a Feature Production category.

The Annie Awards will be presented by the International Animated Film Society at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles in February.

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