Recently, I pointed out that Phineas and Ferb were up for an Annie Award, the annual awards given for achievements in animation by ASIFA-Hollywood, for Writing in a Television Production for the "Nerds of a Feather" episode, written by Jon Colton Barry and Piero Piluso. As I write this, the awards, under the hosting of Tom "SpongeBob" Kenny, are going on in California. Disney dropped their sponsorship of the awards this year due to the believed bias towards DreamWorks Animation- currently, How To Train Your Dragon is sweeping the awards- not that it doesn't deserve it, but it does seem like an indication that Disney may have been right.

As for how Phineas and Ferb fared...the award, which was handed out by Tom Sito (former Disney animator during the "renaissance" period of the early '90s and former head of the Animation Guild, local 839 I.A.T.S.E.- the animator's union), went to Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's Robot Chicken for its third in a series of specials spoofing the Star Wars universe under license from Lucasfilm. Now, please don't be disappointed. Although I myself would have liked to have seen Phineas and Ferb win, keep in mind that for one thing, it was going up against a very diverse mix of series- both kids shows and those intended for older audiences. Not only that, but the Robot Chicken special was very funny and was just as deserving of the award as "Nerds" would have been. For that matter, given that Disney boycotted the awards, the fact that the animation community saw Phineas and Ferb worthy enough to be nominated for its quality writing alongside such well-written veteran series as The Simpsons and Futurama is a testimony to the fact that professionals are also aware of the quality writing (the fact that the series won a Daytime Emmy Award for it last year is also a testament). So, I give a hearty congratulations to Seth Green and company. It may be a cliché, but in this case it's very true- it's an honor just to be nominated. And, as the Brooklyn Dodgers used to say: Wait 'til next year!

Please, no negative comments. Let's try to be civilized. It's what Phineas and Ferb would do.

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