With 12 nominations, DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda 2 sequel led all other nominees in the 39th annual Annie Awards nominations announced this morning by ASIFA-Hollywood International Animated Film Society. Another DreamWorks toon, Puss in Boots, together with Paramount's Rango, garnered 9 nominations apiece. Blue Sky's Rio and DIsney's Winnie the Pooh copped 8 nominations, while Pixar's Cars 2 had 7 and Sony's Arthur Christmas fielded 6. Amblin's Adventures of TinTin managed 5 nominations, and Touchstone's Gnomeo and Juliet fielded 4 nominations.
All of the leading contenders previously qualified for this year's best animated feature Academy Award. Interestingly, Happy Feet Two received no nominations. It is considered a box office disappointment and an uninspired sequel to its Oscar-winning predecessor.
Awards for feature films are given in 14 categories for both production and individual achievements. The metal will be handed out in a ceremony on February 4, 2012.
For a list of all nominees, click here.