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ANNIE AWARDS: ‘Frozen,’ ‘Monsters University’ lead animation nominations with 10

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.

Production designer Steven Sugar received an Annie nomination for his work on Cartoon Network’s new “Steven Universe.” The title character is named for him. (Courtesy of Cartoon Network/.)

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.

A scene from Disney’s new princess tale of a box-office hit, “Frozen.”

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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