IT’S ONLY MONDAY and it’s already been a mighty good week for “Frozen.”
On Sunday, Disney announced that according to its box-office estimates, its latest princess tale had set multiple records.
A day later came more good news: “Frozen” has been nominated for a field-leading 10 Annie Awards — tied with Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University.”
Besides those two films, the other nominees for best animated feature film at the 41st Annies are “The Croods” (DreamWorks Animation) and “Despicable Me 2” (Universal) — which each received nine nominations — and three foreign films: “The Wind Rises” (Disney/Studio Ghibli) and the GKIDS entries: “Ernest & Celestine” and “A Letter to Momo.”
There may be much professional sentiment for “Wind”; it reportedly will be the last film from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”), who is also Annie-nominated for writing.
And speaking of legends: Steven Spielberg, manga artist/filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”) and the Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Phil Tippett (“Jurassic Park”) will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement.
Elsewhere, the Maryland-sprung animator Steven Sugar is on the “Steven Universe” team of five that is nominated for outstanding production design in an animated TV/broadcast production. The new Cartoon Network show was created by his sister, Rebecca Sugar (who’s also from Silver Spring).
The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society/ASIFA-Hollywood, which Monday announced the nominations in 30 categories for film, television and video games — including commercials, short subjects and student films.
The awards ceremony will be Feb. 1 at UCLA.