WildBrain Studios’ Peanuts special among Annie Awards nominees

For Auld Lang Syne
9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Mercury Filmworks and Tangent Animation are among the other Canadian companies up for trophies at the annual animation awards.

The WildBrain Studios-produced For Auld Lang Syne is among the Canadian nominees for the 49th Annie Awards, celebrating excellence in animation for film and TV.

The Snoopy Presents New Year’s Eve-focused special, produced for Apple TV+ and based on the Peanuts comics by Charles M. Schulz, was named in the category of Best Special Production on Tuesday (Dec. 21).

It’s the first new original Peanuts special that Halifax-headquartered WildBrain has made for Apple TV+ under an expanded deal for additional Peanuts content, which began in October 2020.

Meanwhile, DHX Media, which began rebranding to WildBrain in 2019, is named alongside Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing in the category of Best TV/Media – Children for the Carmen Sandiego episode The Himalayan Rescue Caper, which is on Netflix.

Other Canadian Annie Awards nominees include Toronto’s 9 Story Media Group / Brown Bag Films for the children’s series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, in the category of Best TV/Media-Preschool for the episode I am Ella Fitzgerald. Based on the children’s book series Ordinary People Change the World, the show airs on TVOKids and PBS Kids.

Ottawa-based animation studio Mercury Filmworks is named alongside Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, and Netflix Inc. in two nominations for a broadcast special of Hilda and the Mountain King: for Best Direction – TV/Media by Andy Coyle, and for Best Music – TV/Media by Ryan Carlson.

And Winnipeg’s Tangent Animation Studios is nominated for Best FX – TV/Media for the Netflix series Maya and the Three, for the episode The Sun and the Moon.

The Annies, presented by animation organization ASIFA-Hollywood, are slated to take place Feb. 26th at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.