Producers Guild of America Award for Best Animated Motion Picture

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The Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures is an award annually given since 2005.

Of all the thirteen films awarded, nine have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


Before the Producers Guild of America handed the first outstanding award on animation, animated feature films competed against live-action films in Best Theatrical Motion Picture. Six animated feature films were nominated in this category:

  1. 1989 – The Little Mermaid (lost to Driving Miss Daisy)
  2. 1991 – Beauty and the Beast (lost to The Silence of the Lambs)
  3. 1994 – The Lion King (lost to Forrest Gump)
  4. 1995 – Toy Story (lost to Apollo 13)
  5. 2001 – Shrek (lost to Moulin Rouge!)
  6. 2004 – The Incredibles (lost to The Aviator)

After the inception of Best Animated Motion Picture award, animated films can still compete in Best Theatrical Motion Picture. Two animated feature films were nominated since 2005:

  1. 2009 – Up (lost to The Hurt Locker)
  2. 2010 – Toy Story 3 (lost to The King's Speech)

Winners and nominees[edit]


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-RabbitAardman Animations and DreamWorks AnimationClaire Jennings and Nick Park
Chicken LittleWalt Disney Feature AnimationRandy Fullmer
Corpse BrideLaika Entertainment and Tim Burton ProductionsTim Burton and Allison Abbate
MadagascarDreamWorks Animation and Pacific Data ImagesMireille Soria
RobotsBlue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationJerry Davis, John C. Donkin, and William Joyce
CarsPixar Animation StudiosDarla K. Anderson
Flushed AwayAardman Animations and DreamWorks AnimationCecil Kramer and Peter Lord
Happy FeetVillage Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions, and Animal LogicBill Miller, George Miller, and Doug Mitchell
Ice Age: The MeltdownBlue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationLori Forte
Monster HouseRelativity Media, ImageMovers, and Amblin EntertainmentJack Rapke and Steve Starkey
RatatouillePixar Animation StudiosBrad Lewis[1]
Bee MovieDreamWorks AnimationJerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg, and Cameron Stevning
The Simpsons Movie20th Century Fox Animation, Gracie Films, Film Roman, AKOM Production, and Rough Draft Feature AnimationJames L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, and Richard Sakai
WALL-EPixar Animation StudiosJim Morris[2]
BoltWalt Disney Animation StudiosClark Spencer and John Lasseter
Kung Fu PandaDreamWorks AnimationMelissa Cobb
UpPixar Animation StudiosJonas Rivera[3]
9Bazelevs Animation, Relativity Media, Starz Animation, and Tim Burton AnimationsTimur Bekmambetov, Tim Burton, Dana Ginsburg, and Jim Lemley
CoralineLaika Entertainment and PandemoniumHenry Selick and Claire Jennings
Fantastic Mr. Fox20th Century Fox Animation, Indian Paintbrush, Regency Enterprises, American Empirical Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, and Dune EntertainmentAllison Abbate, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, and Jeremy Dawson
The Princess and the FrogWalt Disney Animation StudiosPeter Del Vecho and John Lasseter


Toy Story 3Pixar Animation StudiosDarla K. Anderson[4]
Despicable MeIllumination EntertainmentChris Meledandri, John Cohen, and Janet Healy
How to Train Your DragonDreamWorks AnimationBonnie Arnold
The Adventures of TintinNickelodeon Movies, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, WingNut Films, Hemisphere Media Capital, and Studios HergéSteven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy[5]
Cars 2Pixar Animation StudiosDenise Ream
Kung Fu Panda 2DreamWorks AnimationMelissa Cobb
Puss in BootsLatifa Ouaou and Joe M. Aguilar
RangoNickelodeon Movies, Blink Wink, GK Films, and Industrial Light & MagicGore Verbinski, Graham King, and John B. Carls
Wreck-It RalphWalt Disney Animation StudiosClark Spencer[6]
BravePixar Animation StudiosKatherine Sarafian
FrankenweenieTim Burton ProductionsTim Burton and Allison Abbate
ParaNormanLaika EntertainmentTravis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Rise of the GuardiansDreamWorks AnimationChristina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein
FrozenWalt Disney Animation StudiosPeter Del Vecho[7]
The CroodsDreamWorks AnimationKristine Belson and Jane Hartwell
Despicable Me 2Illumination EntertainmentChris Meledandri and Janet Healy
EpicBlue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationLori Forte and Jerry Davis
Monsters UniversityPixar Animation StudiosKori Rae
The Lego MovieVillage Roadshow Pictures, Lego System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Animal Logic, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Warner Animation GroupDan Lin and Roy Lee[8]
Big Hero 6Walt Disney Animation StudiosKristina Reed and Roy Conli
The Book of LifeReel FX Creative Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationAaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro, and Carina Schulze
The BoxtrollsLaika EntertainmentTravis Knight and David Ichioka
How to Train Your Dragon 2DreamWorks AnimationBonnie Arnold
Inside OutPixar Animation StudiosJonas Rivera[9]
AnomalisaStarburn Industries and Snoot FilmsRosa Tran, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, and Dino Stamatopoulos
The Good DinosaurPixar Animation StudiosDenise Ream
MinionsIllumination EntertainmentChris Meledandri and Janet Healy
The Peanuts MovieBlue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationCraig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paul Feig, and Michael J. Travers
ZootopiaWalt Disney Animation StudiosClark Spencer[10]
Finding DoryPixar Animation StudiosLindsey Collins
Kubo and the Two StringsLaika EntertainmentTravis Knight and Arianne Sutner
MoanaWalt Disney Animation StudiosOsnat Shurer
The Secret Life of PetsIllumination EntertainmentChris Meledandri and Janet Healy
CocoPixar Animation StudiosDarla K. Anderson[11]
The Boss BabyDreamWorks AnimationRamsey Ann Naito
Despicable Me 3Illumination EntertainmentChris Meledandri and Janet Healy
FerdinandBlue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox AnimationLori Forte and Bruce Anderson
The Lego Batman MovieWarner Animation GroupDan Lin, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller

Multiple nominations and wins[edit]

WinsNominationsName (Years)
33Darla K. Anderson (2006, 2010, 2017)
2Clark Spencer (2008, 2012, 2016)
2Jonas Rivera (2009, 2015)
1Claire Jennings (2005, 2009)
Peter Del Vecho (2009, 2013)
Dan Lin (2014, 2017)
05Janet Healy (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Chris Meledandri (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
3Allison Abbate (2005, 2009, 2012)
Tim Burton (2005, 2009, 2012)
Lori Forte (2006, 2013, 2017)
Travis Knight (2012, 2014, 2016)
2Bonnie Arnold (2010, 2014)
Melissa Cobb (2008, 2011)
Jerry Davis (2005, 2013)
John Lasseter (2008, 2009)
Denis Ream (2011, 2015)
Christina Steinberg (2007, 2012)
Arianne Sutner (2012, 2016)

Comparison with the Academy Awards[edit]

YearPGA AwardAcademy Award
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Happy Feet
Toy Story 3
The Adventures of Tintin
Wreck-It Ralph
The Lego Movie
Big Hero 6
Inside Out


  • Nine out of thirteen PGA-winning animated films won the coveted Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
  • Two PGA-winning animated films were not nominated in Academy Award for Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and The Lego Movie (2014). The Adventures of Tintin was not nominated as it is ineligible by utilizing motion capture as its technique; the Academy rules do not consider motion capture as an animation technique.[12]
  • Only in the year 2008 that the nominees and eventual winner matched correctly.