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38th Annie Awards for Animation was Dominated by DreamWorks

Published on: 8th February, 2011


How to train your dragon co-directors Dean DeBlois (L) Chris Sanders (R) producer Bonnie Arnold (M) with Perry Chen at Annie Awards red carpet

10-year-old award-winning film critic and budding animator Perry Chen said he had a “Perrific!” time at the 38th Annie Awards for Animation in Hollywood, Feb 5, 2011. He was a presenter at the 37th Annie Awards in 2010, introduced by host William Shatner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGv9BJcUf30

(37th Annie Awards presenter Perry Chen, Best Character Design)

Perry attended the festivities with his mom Dr. Zhu Shen as VIP guests of Toon Boom Animation, a leading animation software company that is a corporate sponsor to his first animation film “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” a short about a young Holocaust survivor based on the true story of actress Ingrid Pitt’s childhood. Toon Boom is also a sponsor of Annie Awards.

Perry and Zhu enjoyed meeting Toon Boom’s CEO Joan Vogelesang at the Annie Awards, who has been to China 20 times in the past few years and continued to see strong demand for Toon Boom’s 2-D animation products in China.  Perry loved being a “lady’s man,” getting a kiss from Joan after giving her a beautiful Chinese silk scarf with Chinese calligraphy as a gift.

Perry Chen getting a kiss from Toon Boom Animation CEO Joan Vogelesang at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Just before the awards started, Perry spotted DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” co-director Dean DeBlois with his co-director Chris Sanders and producer Bonnie Arnold at the end of the red carpet.  Director DeBlois invited Perry to join the gang on the red carpet to be photographed by media.  Perry happily obliged with his Toothless Dragon in hand.  Perry was thrilled to reunite with the Dragon filmmaker team!

How to train your dragon co-directors Dean DeBlois (L) Chris Sanders (R) producer Bonnie Arnold (M) with Perry Chen at Annie Awards red carpet

Due to the absence of Disney/Pixar at the 38th Annie Awards, Perry predicted How to Train Your Dragon to win major awards here, including best animation feature, best director, best screenplay, best voice, character design, and music.

Perry asked director Dean DeBlois before the show, ” if you win tonight, how are you going to celebrate?  Are you going to have a big coupon party?”  Perry gave Dean a printed coupon and said,” Here is for your next argument!”  Dean laughed and recalled during Perry’s press junket interview in March 2010, Perry asked him and co-director Chris Sanders a question about how they resolve their differences when making the film.  Dean said if one wins an argument, he would make a coupon for the other to win the next one.  See Dragon directors’ video interview with Perry:

http://www.youtube.com/perryspreviews#p/u/6/tnm_bg6fnic

Perry asked Dean if he could draw something special for Perry from How to Train Your Dragon.  Dean said, “Sure, I would be happy to. I really like the one you drew of me at Comic-Con last year.  Would you like me to draw Toothless or Hiccup?” “Toothless!” said Perry as he watched director DeBlois draw Toothless on the same notepad that he used to draw the director’s portrait at Comic-Con!

Perry Chen watching director Dean DeBlois drawing Toothless for him at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Director DeBlois dedicated the Toothless dragon to Perry:

“For Perry… From one artist to another!  Dean DeBlois”

Perry Chen with How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois and his "Toothless" drawing for Perry at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Dragon co-director Dean DeBlois Toothless drawing for Perry Chen at Annies

Perry spoke to co-director Chris Sanders and showed his support to How to Train Your Dragon by wearing his traditional Chinese dragon outfit and How to Train Your Dragon T-shirt:

Perry Chen with Annie-winning director Chris Sanders and director-autographed DVD How to Train Your Dragon at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen in Dragon T-shirt with Annie-winning director Dean DeBlois of How to train your dragon at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and mom Zhu asked director DeBlois about How to Train Your Dragon 2.  “I will be the only director for Dragon 2 because Chris Sanders is directing another film that will be released in 2012,” he said. “Which of the How to Train Your Dragon book will Dragon 2 be based on?” asked Perry.  “This will be an entirely new movie, because Dragon 1 is so different from the book, we will creative a lot of new stories in Dragon 2 that are not in any of the books.  Dragon 2 is scheduled to release in the second half of 2013, about 2.5 years from now.” commented DeBlois.

Perry was delighted to reconnect with his buddy, actor and voice talent Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Annie nominee whom he interviewed at the Dragon press junket in March 2010.  Jay acted surprised when Perry told him that Perry’s interview of him was the most watched video on Perry’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com.perryspreviews) with over 2,000 hits.  “Really, I could retire tomorrow,” He joked with Perry who gave him his 5-starfish business card. “Awesome!” said Jay.  He autographed for Perry too: “Perry You’re the man         Jay Baruchel”

Jay Baruchel autograph for Perry Chen at Annie Awards

Perry Chen with Annie-winning voice talent Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) and Toothless at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen, mom Zhu Shen with Annie-winning voice talent Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) at Annie Awards

Before the Annie Awards started, Perry also met Annie-nominee David Chai (head of animation studio House of Chai, “Enrique Wrecks the World” nominated for best animated short), who together with Perry, are among 70 animators who created “Guard Dog Global Jam,” an animation short based on Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated short “Guard Dog.”

Perry Chen with David Chai (behind Perry) and his animation gang at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry had some fun moments with his animation short collaborator Bill Plympton who did storyboard and character design, and director Kevin Sean Michaels (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest) at the Annie Award and earlier to review and discuss feedback about the short.  The feedback from Plympton and Michaels were very positive!  The team hopes to wrap up production on the film by the end of Feb 2011 and start submitting the film at festivals in March 2011.

http://www.toonboom.com/products/toon-boom-studio/userstories/story/?id=PerryChen

(Toon Boom Animation: Producing a First Animated Short at 10 Years Old)

Bill Plympton & Perry Chen discuss animation film feedback (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen and Kevin Sean Michaels discussing animaiton film feedback (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen, Kevin Sean Michaels interviewed by TV producer Stephanie Sullivan about "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest" (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with Annie Nominee and partner Bill Plympton and his friend at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with director Kevin Sean Michaels at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry enjoyed reconnecting with ASIFA-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian and talent manager for the Annie Awards Ned Lott whom he worked with in 2010 as an Annie Award presenter.

Perry Chen with ASIFA-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with talent manager Ned Lott at Annie Awards (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry checked out the program before the show:

Perry Chen reviewing Annie Awards program (Toon Boom page) (photo by Zhu Shen)

As Perry predicted, DreamWorks swept the awards, taking 15 out of 24 awards, including 10 for How to Train Your Dragon.  A full list of winners are on Annie Awards official website:

http://www.annieawards.org

The Annie Awards this year was hosted by Tom Kenny, who had hosted these awards five times previously.  His great sense of humor and impromptu quick-witted comments were enthusiastically received by the audience.  Voice talent James Hong (Mr. Ping, Kung Fu Panda Holiday) gave one of the funniest award acceptance speeches.  Winsor McCay award recipient Brad Bird’s video acceptance speech while abducted by actor Tom Cruise was hilarious!

Perry Chen with Annie-winning voice talent James Hong (Mr. Ping-Kung Fu Panda Holiday) (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen giving his card to Annie Awards host Tom Kenny (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and mom Zhu also enjoyed meeting Student Annie Award winner Kirsten Lepore and congratulated her for the special award.  Perry loved holding the Annie Award in his hands as he imagined how it would feel if he  wins this in the future…

Perry Chen with student Annie Award winner Kirsten KePore (photo by Zhu Shen)

“This is truly a night to remember,” said Perry before leaving the post-awards party at about midnight.

Perry wants to remind his fans and friends about participating in the first-ever Kids Oscar Picks contest for kids 6-17 worldwide to predict best animation Oscar winner from the three nominated films, ending on Feb 26, 2011, details below:

http://mag.amazing-kids.org

Become a fan on his Facebook to receive updates about the contest and upcoming movie reviews:

http://www.facebook.com/perryspreviewsfan

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Perry S. Chen is a 10-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 1 million readers.  Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.  He also blogs for Animation World Network, and is the resident film critic for Amazing Kids! with about 1 million readers:

http://www.amazing-kids.org

Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website (www.perryspreviews.com ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 50 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club,  and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Perry reviews films on a kids-friendly starfish rating system, 5 being the best.  He was featured on “The Young Icons,” a nationally syndicated TV show on Nov 20, 2010, and on Variety as one of the most active young film critics in the country:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118026037.html?categoryid=4137&cs=1

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