Disney • Pixar Cars 2012 Comic-Con Mater ($30)
This year’s Comic-Con vehicle captures the hilarious scene from Cars 2 when our beloved Mater finds himself in a Tokyo bathroom stall. Just like in the movie, Mater is surprised with flashing lights, catchy music, and a thorough scrub down! This memorable moment comes to life with moving side jets, as well as a jet that springs up to clean Mater’s undercarriage, lifting his back wheels off the floor. Covered in suds, Mater experiences hi-tech action unlike anything he’s ever seen in Radiator Springs!
Lotso, the ridiculously adorable bear character from the new Toy Story 3 flick, is flocked and strawberry scented. The box features concept art and Toy Story trivia. Fun Fact: Before his movie character was revealed by Disney/Pixar, Lotso made an appearance in a girl’s bedroom in the trailer for the movie Up (look for Lotso by the bed as she looks out the window).
By Carolyn Giardina
The Hollywood Report (THR)
Other big Annie winners were “Coraline” and “The Princess and the Frog,” with three awards each.
Disney/Pixar’s “Up” earned a total of two Annie trophies — best animated feature and Pete Docter for direction — extending its string of prior awards including last month’s Golden Globe. In all, awards were presented in 23 Annie categories in features, TV and commercials.
The Annie for best animated feature has matched the eventual Oscar winner each year since the Academy Awards first awarded the category in 2002, except for twice. A year ago, the Annie Awards came under some scrutiny after DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” dominated the Annies and won the top prize, shutting out eventual Oscar winner “Wall-E” from Pixar.
William Shatner hosted this year’s Annie ceremony, which is presented annually by ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles chapter of the International Animated Film Society.
During the ceremony, Winsor McCay Awards went to Tim Burton, Bruce Timm and Jeffrey Katzenberg, but only Katzenberg was in attendance. Tom Sito earned the June Foray honor. The Ub Iwerks Award went to William T. Reeves. Special Achievement Awards were presented to Martin Meunier and Brian McLean. Myles Mikulic, Danny Young and Michael Woodside received certificates of merit.
Pixar Animation Studio’s was named best animated feature at the 37th annual Annie (animation) Awards, Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.Nominated for five Academy Awards, “Up” is the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar for animated feature, and is only the second animated film to earn a nomination in the best picture category. It is also nominated for best screenplay, music and sound editing Oscars.