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CLOUDY earns 4 Annie Award nominations

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS earns 4 Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature

OPEN SEASON 2 nominated for Best Home Entertainment Production

CULVER CITY, CA, December 1, 2009 - Sony Pictures Animation's hit film, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, earned 4 Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing and Best Animated Effects, as announced by ASIFA-Hollywood. OPEN SEASON 2, produced by Sony Pictures Animation for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, was nominated for Best Home Entertainment production.

The nominees are:


Best Animated Feature
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Feature Production – Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Feature Production Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animated Effects – Tom Kluyskens


Best Home Entertainment Production

The 37th Annual Annie Awards will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Since its release on September 18, 2009, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS has been critically acclaimed around the world and commercially embraced, grossing over $180 million to date. The movie is set for release on DVD and Bluray on January 5, 2010.

The film is based on a best-selling children's book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett, and the team at Sony Pictures Animation and first-time animation directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller did an extraordinary job of taking the conceptual and thin book, and opening up the story in a creative and imaginative way that supported a full length feature film. In 3-D, the film really takes on another dimension for its innovation. Cloudy features celebrity voices including Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, and Mr. T, among others.

OPEN SEASON 2 is the sequel to the 2006 hit Open Season, Sony Pictures Animation's first theatrical film release. Open Season 2 is directed by Matt O'Callaghan. The co-director is Todd Wilderman. It was written by David I. Stern, based on the characters created by John Carls, Jill Culton, Steve Moore and Anthony Stacchi. The film is produced by Kirk Bodyfelt and Matt O'Callaghan. Sony Pictures Animation's sequel to OPEN SEASON, topped the Home Entertainment charts to be the #1 title of the week with its January 27 U.S. debut. The title also scored around the world, where it equaled or bettered the original 2006 release.

About Sony Pictures Digital Productions
Sony Pictures Digital Productions is the digital production center of Sony Pictures Entertainment and comprises Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation. Sony Pictures Imageworks is a leading, state-of-the-art digital animation and visual effects studio creating computer-generated (CG) images for motion pictures through its live action, all CG animation, performance capture and 3D stereoscopic capabilities. Its work has been recognized with two Academy Awards® and numerous honors. Imageworks also houses Imageworks Interactive, a full service creative group that produces websites and supports digital marketing for the studio and outside clients. Sony Pictures Animation develops and produces CG animated feature films from storyboard to screens. Sony Pictures Animation's first two full-length features, OPEN SEASON, released in 2006, and 2007's SURF'S UP, were critically acclaimed and have together accumulated close to $350 million in worldwide box office revenue. SURF'S UP also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2007. Sony Pictures Animation most recently completed OPEN SEASON 2 for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and enjoying worldwide success with its current hit CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. Two new feature films, THE SMURFS and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, are in pre-production for Columbia Pictures.

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