Alumnus Phil Johnston Nominated for Annie Award

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School of the Arts Alumnus Phil Johnston (‘04) has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production at the 44th Annual Annie Awards for his work on Zootopia. Johnston wrote the movie with Jared Bush. This is Johnston’s second nomination, after winning the award for Walt Disney Animation Studios Wreck-It-Ralph in 2013.

Zootopia, which told the story of an intrepid bunny trying to prove herself as a police officer, opened earlier this year to critical acclaim and commercial success. It sold out both domestic and international box offices. By the end of its run, Zootopia grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. The film has received several nominations in multiple categories making it a leader in Annie nominations.

Johnston also penned The Brothers Grimsby, which released earlier this year, and is currently at work on the sequel to Wreck-It-Ralph.

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