GLENDALE, Calif. — A cocky race car that learns the wisdom of slowing down won the race for best animated feature Sunday at the 34th annual Annie Awards, honoring achievements in feature film and television animation. ‘‘Cars,’’ from The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios, defeated a crowd of contenders that included ‘‘Happy Feet’’ from Warner Bros., ‘‘Over the Hedge,’’ from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., ‘‘Monster House’’ from Sony Pictures, a division of Sony Corp., and ‘‘Open Season,’’ also from Sony Pictures. ...
The Annie Awards are presented by The International Animated Film Society. The winner has gone on to claim the Oscar for animated feature every year since the Academy Award for animation was created.
Three films are contending for the animated feature Oscar to be presented Feb. 25, including ‘‘Cars,’’ ‘‘Monster House’’ and ‘‘Happy Feet.’’
SpongeBob Squarepants voice Tom Kenny, who hosted the awards, joked with the sold out crowd about the fact that the biggest night for animators was held at the same time as two other high profile awards shows: the Grammys and the Writers Guild Awards.
‘‘The fact that you’re here means one thing. You didn’t have the juice to get into the Grammys,’’ Kenny said.
The award for best directing in a feature went to Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick for ‘‘Over the Hedge,’’ based on the popular comic strip.
Best writing honors went to a team of five people behind ‘‘Flushed Away,’’ which was co-produced by the British company Aardman Features.