The mainstream Hollywood releases ('Cars 2', 'Kung Fu Panda 2' 'Puss In Boots' and 'Rio' were mediocre at best.
'Rango' could be a favorite based on Johnny Depp's voice work alone, but the soon-to-be-released 'The Adventures of Tintin' could be the surprise winner.)
The nominees are:
'A Cat in Paris' (Folimage)Last year's top film was 'How to Train Your Dragon' from DreamWorks Animation This year's winner will be announced Feb. 4.
'Arthur Christmas' (Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations)
'Arrugas' (Perro Verde Films, S.L.)
'Cars 2' (Pixar Animation Studios)
'Chico & Rita' (Chico & Rita Distribution)
'Kung Fu Panda 2' (DreamWorks Animation)
'Puss In Boots' (DreamWorks Animation)
'Rango' (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies)
'Rio' (Blue Sky Studios)
'The Adventures of Tintin' (Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall)
39th Annie Award Nominations Announced