December 1, 2008 – Bolt and Wall-E Receive Nominations for the 36th Annie Awards
“Bolt was second [in nominations] with 9 nods, and WALL-E third with 8.”
On December 1, 2008, the nominations for the 36th Annie Awards were announced; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Bolt received 9 nominations, while Pixar’s WALL-E received 8. Both films were nominated for Best Animated Feature, up against DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, Sherman Pictures and Lama Films’ $9.99, and Sony Pictures’ Waltz With Bashir. When the awards took place on January 30, 2009, the ceremony was not without controversy, as Kung Fu Panda shut out both Disney features from all of their categories, with much criticism directed at the organization’s balloting practices. Pixar’s WALL-E would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.