2015 sketch of my Red Carpet Dress

Design by Alina Pizzano

Design by Alina Pizzano

I am very excited about this year’s Annie Awards dress and working again with designer Alina Pizzano. We’re delving in blue.

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New Year

Photo by Bonnie Burrow

Photo by Bonnie Burrow

The end of  2014 brought a McDonalds commercial and a looping gig on a movie. A fun year in all, but I am looking forward to 2015! This will be my 10th year announcing the Annie Awards. In the next day I will be posting the sketches for this year’s red carpet dress….

Annie Award Nominations Announced

web-slider-nom-announcedI’m super excited for this years contenders for best animated picture.

 “Best Animated Features nominations include: Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Cheatin’ (Plymptoons Studio), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation SKG), Song of the Sea (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon), The Book of Life (Reel FX), The Boxtrolls (Focus Features/Laika), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures), and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (GKIDS/Studio Ghibli).” From PR Newswire

I haven’t seen all these movies, yet. The ones I have are great. It’s going to be tough. I’d love to know what your favorite is!

What is so wonderful about the Annie Awards is that they acknowledge all areas of animation. Quoting Frank Gladstone, ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director “The Annies are a true celebration of the best talent in the animation industry, from big studio features to indie films, television series to internet shows, games, shorts and student films alike, as well as a wonderful group of juried award recipients again this year.”

For the list of this years nominees, visit Annie Awards

Animation's Highest Honor

Animation’s Highest Honor

Woohoo! Just been confirmed as the Announcer for the Annie Awards on January 31, 2015. This will be my 10th anniversary! With all the great animated shows and movies this year, I’m looking forward to a great event!

2014 Annie Awards

Tomorrow night is the 41st Annual Annie Awards. For those who didn’t get a ticket, or just wanted to watch from the comfort of your own home, here is the link to view it streaming live at 7pm. http://annieawards.org/watch-it-live/ For more info you can go to the Annie site at http://annieawards.org/

I’m excited to be announcing again this year and working with host Patrick Warburton. Some of the fabulous folks who will be gracing the stage Saturday night are; Tom Kenny, Cloris Leachman, Bob Bergen, Nancy Cartwright, Bill Farmer…all very VERY funny people! Plus many others I’m not at liberty to say. 😉

I hope to see you there, or you catch the stream!
Voice out!

Red Carpet Follow Up Fun

Red Carpet by Billy Bennight

Red Carpet by Billy Bennight

I met a wonderful photographer, Billy Bennight, at the Annie Awards. These are some of his images. He wrote an article for LA Beat about the event. Click here on Billy to read his Annie experience! It is an award show like no other!

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Brian & Peggy Ochab, Jeff Jones & Me

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Brian & Peggy Ochab, Jeff Jones & Me

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Jean Thoren, Me & Mark Vulcano

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Jean Thoren, Me & Mark Vulcano

Another photographer, Shelly Waldman, asked to do a photo shoot about the designer, Alina Pizzano and the dress. I shot that a few days ago. When I get her pictures, I’ll post them here. Still looking for the interviews I did. I’ll give it another week, then I’ll just go ahead a share that crazy experience with you.

Backstage shots at the Annie Awarads

While the show was going on, I got to have a little fun with my Iphone. Here are some of those crazy-reverse-camera shots backstage. This is me with…

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader

Kevin Shinick

Kevin Shinick

Max Charles

Max Charles

Mindy Sterling

Mindy Sterling

Seth Green

Seth Green