The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival

Grand Jury Announced

July 31st, 2007


Okay, I figure by now you’re sick of all the press dedicated to this year’s panel of judges for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. No, wait. You probably haven’t heard anything about this year’s panel of judges for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Until now, that is.

In 2007, we continue the tradition of having stellar folks in the animation industry judge the festival. Here they are:


Michael Dougherty – Michael is known for writing Superman Returns and co-writing the second X-Men movie. In addition to his feature film work, Michael is also an accomplished animator and illustrator. His award-winning animated films have appeared on MTV, SCI FI Channel, Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, and G4-TV, while his morbid illustrations are published as greeting cards by Nobleworks. Following a first solo exhibition last year, Dougherty’s artwork was showcased at Every Picture Tells a Story in Santa Monica.


Steve Oedekerk – Steve O. may have written Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and The Nutty Professor (the most popular movie of 1996), but, in the animation world, he stands as the creator of the movies/TV series Jimmy Neutron and Barnyard (Barnyard premieres on Nick later this fall). In 2002, Steve’s company, O Entertainment, produced the first IMAX 3D cartoon, “Santa vs. the Snowman 3D”.


Joanna Quinn – Emmy Award-winning Joanna is one of the true stars of independent animation (and in dependent animation, too). Her own films includes the Annecy hit “Girls Night Out”, the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning “Famous Fred”, and “Dreams and Desires: Family Ties” (“Dreams” is her latest and possibly her most popular and critically acclaimed, a winner at Annecy, Zagreb, and of the Cartoon D’Or). Plus, you’ve certainly seen her commercial work for Whiskas, United Airlines, and Charmin.


Mark Shirra – Mark’s Vancouver Film School short, “A Great Big Robot from Outer Space”, won last year’s Producers’ Choice Award in the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, and we’re very happy he’s a part of this year’s panel of judges. Mark has an entensive live-action background, directing commercials and promos for both film and television. He’s currently up at Pixar. His bio claims Mark’s aims are to find a never-ending jar of Marmite and to be six feet three inches tall. He is currently around five feet ten.


Genndy Tartakovsky – In my opinion, Genndy’s one of the two filmmakers (the other being Craig McCracken) who defined what it originally meant to be a Cartoon Network cartoon. He created Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack and oversaw Star Wars: Clone Wars, any one of which would solidify Genndy’s reputation in the cartoon business.


Patrick Warburton – I had no idea Patrick Warburton has done so much voice-over work in animation (in addition to being Puddy, of course). Look him up on IMDb, and you’ll see his long list of credits includes recurring roles on The Xs, Family Guy, The Emperor’s New School, The Venture Bros, Kim Possible, and The Tick. Plus, you can hear him in Open Season, Home on the Range, and in the upcoming Bee Movie, and Space Chimps.

Patrick, Genndy, Mark, Joanna, Steve, and Michael join our previous judges – Gabor Csupo, Andreas Deja, Michael DiMartino, Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, Mark Hamill, Elizabeth Ito, Bryan Konietzko, John Kricfalusi, Seth MacFarlane, Bill Plympton, JG Quintel, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Noah Webb. Thanks very, very much to everyone for your time.


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You forgot to mention Steve O’s “Thumbs” series and his lead role in “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist”. I got to work for Steve O, doing hair and fur on “Barnyard”, and having him come by my desk for reviews was easily the best part of the production. He’s very funny.

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