The International Animated
Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced
today that TV, film and voice actor, Patrick Warburton, will host the 41st Annie
Awards on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
are really excited to have Patrick hosting this year’s
ceremony,” said ASIFA-Hollywood President, Frank Gladstone. “With his love of animation and deadpan
comedic style, we know he will keep the show lively, funny and very entertaining.”
Warburton quickly became a popular semi-regular in the hit TV series Seinfeld, involved in a running joke
about his frequent breakups and reconciliations with Elaine (Julia
Louis-Dreyfus). He stayed with the show until it finished in 1998, and provided
the voice for Superman in a series of commercials with Jerry Seinfeld. He has
contributed his memorable voice to characters on the animated shows Family Guy, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear
of Star Command and as sorceress
Yazma’s (Eartha Kitt) not-too-bright thug assistant in Disney’s feature, The Emperor’s New Groove (2000). In
2001, Warburton signed on as the star voice of the Fox sitcom The Tick, about a
muscle-bound but dimwitted superhero in a blue costume. In 2012 he
appeared in Seth McFarland’s directorial debut, Ted. In 2014, Warburton will
lend his voice talent in the new Peabody
and Sherman film and also Planes 2.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for
Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as
individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature,
production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding,
writing, music, editing and voice acting.
Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that
originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially
released between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
For up-to-the minute details on the 41st
Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org.