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ANNIE AWARDS: ‘Rango’ tops animation honors


Rango (center, voiced by Johnny Depp) and Beans (right; Isla Fisher) in “RANGO,” which is riding high this awards season. (Courtesy of Paramount Pictures/COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES)

“RANGO” continues to rack up the wins.

The CGI hit, starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a pet-thespian chameleon, was voted Best Animated Feature at the 39th annual Annie Awards on Saturday at UCLA. “Rango” also won honors for editing, writing and character design, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Annies are a professional peer award, as selected by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood).

Directed by Gore Verbinski, “Rango” is a favorite for the Best Animated Feature Film award later this month at the Oscars.

“Rango” is the first film entirely animated by Industrial Light & Magic, which also won an Annie for its live-action animation effects for ”Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was honored for live-action character animation, and “Rio” won for feature character animation.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” — which won the Golden Globe for feature animation last month but was not nominated for an animation Oscar — won Annies for music and animated effects.

Elsewhere, Jennifer Yuh Nelson received the feature directing Annie for “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and DreamWorks Animation received a special production award for “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters.”

In the TV competition, awards for “The Simpsons” included TV direction and Best General Audience Animated TV Production; the Fox hit now has won 30 Annies during its historic prime-time run.

Standup Patton Oswalt — who voiced Pixar’s “Ratatouille” — emceed the event.

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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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