At this year’s Comic-Con, the International Animated Film Scoiety announced it’s winners for the prestigious 2008 Winsor Mc Cay Award. Named in honor of the artist and animation pioneer, the award stands as one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a person in recognition of career contributions to the field of animation. This years winners are Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park.
Mike Judge is the creator of “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill”. He also has a new animated show that will be released next year on ABC entitled “The Goode Family”.
John Lasseter is a pioneer in the computer animation industry who was hired by the experimental unit at Lucasfilm that would eventually become Pixar. While there, he created the Academy Award winning “Tin Toy” as well as directed “Toy Story”, “A Bug’s Life” and “Cars.” He is currently the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation.
NIck Park is a British clay animator best known for his “Wallace and Gromitt” shorts along with the Academy Award winning “Creature Comforts”. He has also directed two feature films “Chicken Run” and the Academy Award winning “Wallace and Gromitt: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. He is currently working on another Wallace and Gromitt short entitled “A Matter of Loaf or Death”.
Congratulations to all three of these very talented individuals.