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Disney-Pixar Ditches Animation Awards

Woody and his cohorts never saw this coming. Disney and Pixar has just dropped out of the Annual Annie Awards. This comes as a shocker as the Annie Awards is one of the most coveted and prestigious in the animation field. Find out why they did this after the jump.

The issue for Disney and Pixar is their view that the ASIFA, the award-giving body, is biased in favor of Dreamworks Animation. Anyone who is a member of ASIFA can vote - problem is, anyone hired by Dreamworks is automatically given an ASIFA membership. The official statement of Disney-Pixar's president is as follows:

"After more than a year of discussions with the ASIFA board, we have regretfully decided to withdraw from the organization and no longer participate in the annual Annie Awards. We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board. Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns."

ASIFA has already changed their policies this year by actually having a voting committee composed of professionals that have been approved as well. Though this is the case, Disney-Pixar still decided to pull out. What do you think? Is this an overreaction on Disney-Pixar's part? Take note that "Wall-E" was already a victim before. It lost numerous awards to "Kung Fu Panda".


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