Since 1972, the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association has been giving awards to the best animated projects in a variety of categories. The 2013 Annie Award winners were announced this weekend, with the official ceremony held last Saturday, February 2.
Surprisingly, Dragons: Riders of Berk took home the trophy for Best Animated Television Production For Children, beating out ratings favorite Adventure Time, critical success The Legend of Korra and novelty act It's a SpongeBob Christmas!. (It's a SpongeBob Christmas! did win an award for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production.) Riders of Berk also won awards for individual achievement in directing, music and storyboarding.
Kristen Schaal, one of my favorite voice-over actresses, won Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting. Not for Bob's Burgers, as you might think, but for playing Mabel Pines in Gravity Falls.
Other TV cartoons to win Annie Awards were South Park, specifically Trey Parker, for writing the "Jewpacabra" episode, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness for Outstanding Achievement, Editorial.
Picture courtesy of Cartoon Network.