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‘Rango’ ‘Puss In Boots’ & ‘Cars 2′ Earn Annie Nominations

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Johnny Depp voices the character "Rango" (Photo credit by Paramount Studios)

Johnny Depp voices the character “Rango” (Photo credit by Paramount Studios)

LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) – Among the movies competing for Best-Animated Film at Hollywood’s Annie Awards, the Bay Area developed films include Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount Pictures’s “Rango”, Dreamworks Animation’s “Puss In Boots” and “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and Pixar Animation Studio’s “Cars 2.”

The 10 nominees announced Monday also include Sony Pictures Animation’s “Arthur Christmas,” Blue Sky Studios’ “Rio,” and three overseas contenders: “A Cat in Paris,” “Arrugas” and “Chico & Rita.”

Cast members earning voice-acting nominations for the Annie Awards include “Arthur Christmas” co-stars Bill Nighy and Ashley Jensen, “Kung Fu Panda 2″ co-stars Gary Oldman and James Hong and “Puss in Boots” co-star Zach Galifianakis.

Industrial Light & Magic is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd, George Lucas’ film company located in San Francisco. Dreamworks Animation do a majority of their work in Los Angeles, however, they have offices in Redwood City as well. Pixar Animation Studios has been in the forefront of digital animation and is located in Emeryville.

Presented by the International Animated Film Society, the Annie Awards celebrate the achievements of talented groups and individuals in the artistic field of animation. The “Annies” will be handed out February 4 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

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