'Ratatouille' is Annies' main course

Times Staff Writer

"Ratatouille" swept the 35th annual Annie Awards Friday, winning 10 awards including best animated feature, plus directing and writing honors for Brad Bird.

The Pixar/Disney release about a French rat who dreams of becoming a master chef in Paris has already won the Golden Globe for best animated feature and is considered the front-runner for the Oscar in the animated feature category.

The animation awards were announced by the International Animated Film Society and were scheduled to be handed out Friday night in a ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall, hosted by Tom Kenny, best known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

"Ratatouille" also took home Annies for best music in an animated feature production for composer Michael Giacchino, best animated video game, character animation in a feature production for Michal Makarewicz, character design in an animated feature production for Carter Goodrich, production design in an animated feature production for Harley Jessup, storyboarding in an animated feature production for Ted Mathot and voice acting in animated feature production for Ian Holm.

Other winners:

Home entertainment production: "Futurama: Bender's Big Score" -- The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Short subject: "Your Friend the Rat" -- Pixar Animation Studio

Television production: "Creature Comforts America" -- Aardman Animations

Television production for children: "El Tigre" -- Nickelodeon

Animated effects: Deborah Carlson, "Surf's Up"

Production artist: John Clark, "Surf's Up"

Character animation in a

television production: Eric Towner, "Robot Chicken" -- Shadow Machine

Directing in a television

production: Seth Green, "Robot Chicken Star Wars"

Music in a television production: Alf Clausen & Michael Price, "The Simpsons: Yokel Chords"

Storyboarding in a television production: Steve Fonti, "Family Guy: No Chris Left Behind"

Voice acting in a television

production: Eartha Kitt, the voice of Yzma, "The Emperor's New School: Emperor's New Musical."

Writing in a television

production: Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball, "The Simpsons: 24 Minutes" -- Gracie Film

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