and none of the sparsely nominated animated shows won anything outside of the specifically designated animated categories.
But even so, let’s take a look at the few animated winners from the Creative Arts Emmy Show, held last Saturday, Aug. 16, and airing on an obscure channel (FXM) next Sunday, Aug. 24.
1. Bob’s Burgers, “Mazel Tina” — Outstanding Animated Program
Bob’s Burgers, created by Loren Bouchard, has been around since 2011, but this is its first award of national significance, despite Emmy nominations twice before. The show has also received several other award nominations, including ASIFA / International Animated Film Society awards (the Annies) in 2013 and ’14 and Teen Choice Awards in 2011, ’12 and ’13.
Bob’s Burgers beat out Archer, Futurama, South Park and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project for the top spot.
2. Disney Mickey Mouse, “O Sole Minnie” — Outstanding Short-format Animated Program
Disney’s 2D Mickey Mouse shorts have swept the Short-format Animated Program category both years since the show’s creation in 2013, and for good reason. The shorts are as endearing as they are visually appealing, uniting beloved characters with interesting locations and situations.
An Adventure Time loyalist myself, I’m a little sad that Mickey Mouse again took the top slot at the 2014 Emmys, but I find consolation, nay, even hope in the fact that Disney might still appreciate its 2D art form thanks to the continued success of this show.
Mickey Mouse was nominated along with fellow Disney show Phineas and Ferb and Cartoon Network staples Adventure Time and Regular Show and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.
3. Harry Shearer as “Kent Brockman / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Younger Burns,” The Simpsons — Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
The Simpsons have been around almost as long as color television, spanning an impressive 25-season era on Fox and soon airing all 552 episodes in order on FXX from August 21 to the end of time.
During its continual run (its tenure on Fox, not the weeks-long marathon) since 1989, The Simpsons has racked up a nice list of accolades, including 17 years of Emmys.
Although also nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, The Simpsons walked away with three Emmy awards this year: the aforementioned Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and a couple of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation honors.
Shearer came out ahead over Chris Diamantopoulos [Mickey Mouse], Seth MacFarlane [Family Guy’s Glenn Quagmire/Peter Griffin/Stewie Griffin], Seth Green [Robot Chicken], Maurice LaMarche [Futurama’s Calculon and Morbo] and
renowned canine blogger Stan I mean Stephen Full [Dog with a Blog].
4. The final recognition for animated shows is more specific and therefore less talked about by anyone: Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation.
It’s actually a very cool honor, since the nominees are screened by a jury of peers and people who understand and like animation. “All entrants are screened by a jury of appropriate branch members with the possibility of one, more than one, or no award,” according to the Academy website.
This year, ten animators were recognized for their excellent work:
- Nick Jennings, Art Director, Cartoon Network:
Adventure Time, “Wizards Only, Fools”
- Ian Worrel, Art Director, Disney Channel:
Disney Gravity Falls, “Dreamscaperers”
- Narina Sokolova, Background Painter, Disney Channel
Disney Mickey Mouse, “‘O Sole Minnie”
- Valerio Ventura, Background Designer, Disney Channel
Disney Mickey Mouse, “The Adorable Couple”
- Sean Szeles, Storyboard Artist, CartoonNetwork.com
"Long Live The Royals"
- Jasmin Lai, Background Painter, Cartoon Network
The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed
- Cameron Baity, Animator, Adult Swim
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise
- Dmitry Malanitchev, Color Design Director, Fox
The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV”
- Charles Ragins, Background Designer, Fox
The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV”
- Nick Edwards, Character Designer, Cartoon Network
Uncle Grandpa, “Afraid of the Dark”
You can impress at least two of your friends with your Emmy-winner knowledge gained here.
- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)