'Archer,' 'Tintin,' and 'Adventure Time' Top Some of the 2012 Annie Nominees

Could FX's hilarious, crude spy comedy be one of the big winners in this major animation competition? (Note: tinfoil duck is not actual Annie award)

Aw, man, there are a lot of fan favorites among the list of this year's Annie Awards nominees. The Annies, presented by the International Animated Film Society in this, its 39th year, honor outstanding animation in television, film, commercials, and more recently, games (don't worry, we're looking at that list over at the Multiplayer Blog).

So what stands out? While Rango is my favorite in the Best Animated Feature list, my gut tells me the generally well-liked Kung Fu Panda 2 and the very stylish A Cat In Paris (I really wanted to check that out here during the Seattle International Film Festival and missed it due to a conflict). In General Audience, I'm rooting for Archer (several cast members were nominated for their voice acting in the show), or the long shot, Frankenhole, but I don't really see any clear standouts here for the animation community. Also, the Best Animated Special Production for Prey 2: I'm surprised I missed this gorgeous teaser trailer thing for the follow-up to the launch 360 game, but it feels miscategorized.

Here are some of the major categories and their nominees. You can find the complete list on the Annies site.

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris – Folimage

Arrugas (Wrinkles) - Perro Verde Films, S.L.

Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios

Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited

Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation

Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation

Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production

Rio – Blue Sky Studios

Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Adventure Time: Thank You – Cartoon Network Studios

Batman: Year One – Warner Bros. Animation

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky Studios

Kung Fu Panda – Secrets of the Masters – DreamWorks Animation

Prey 2 – Blur Studio

Star Tours – Industrial Light & Magic

Best Animated Short Subject

Adam and Dog – Lodge Films

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat – Warner Bros. Animation

La Luna – Pixar Animation Studios

(Notes on) Biology – Ornana Films

Paths of Hate – Platige Image

Sunday – National Film Board of Canada

The Ballad of Nessie –Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Girl and the Fox – Base14

Wild Life – National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS

Best General Audience Animated TV Production

Archer – FX Productions

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Warner Bros. Animation

Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas – Hallmark

MAD – Warner Bros. Animation

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 – Starburns Industries, Inc.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.

The Simpsons – Gracie Films

Best Animated Television Production – Children

Fanboy and Chum Chum – Nickelodeon and Frederator

Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation

Penguins of Madagascar – DreamWorks Animation

The Amazing World of Gumball – Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi

The Annies will be announced Saturday, February 4th. You can find the complete list of nominees here.

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