The Annie Awards are one of the biggest nights for Animated Films. This year, Netflix’s Klaus dominated the award ceremony. The feature took home awards for all seven categories for which it was nominated, including the award for the Best Animated Feature.
Klaus is Netflix’s original holiday movie directed by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me), with a voice cast including Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, Norm Macdonald, Jason Schwartzman, Will Sasso, and J. K. Simmons. The film took home the award for Best Animated Feature, Best Character Animation, Best Character Design, Best Direction in a Feature Film (Sergio Pablos), Best Editorial, Best Production Design, and Best Storyboarding.
Klaus was just one of Netflix’s big wins of the evening. The production company also took home awards for its feature film I Lost My Body, as well as numerous other awards for shows produced for Netflix including Ask the Storybots; BoJack Horseman; Love, Death & Robots; Carmen Sandiego; and Tuca & Bertie.
Netflix’s Klaus beat out the Big 3 studio sequels—Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Disney’s Frozen 2, and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World—which were also nominated for this year’s awards. Frozen 2, which is the second-highest-grossing animated movie of all time, ended up only taking home two awards, one for Josh Gad’s performance as Olaf and the other for effects. How to Train Your Dragon took home one award for Best Special Production, and Toy Story 4 went home empty-handed.
This win shows that Netflix continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the streaming industry, as they continue to push out high-quality original content. The company’s focus on creating content for children and families (a consistent subscriber base) will prove crucial to the production house’s continued success as it faces intense competition from the newly launched Disney+ streaming service. Netflix’s survival depends on the company’s ability to quickly produce high-quality content consistently. As long as Netflix continues to produce content like Klaus and I Lost My Body, the company will remain competitive against the super conglomerate that is Disney.