Sunday, February 03, 2019

Kevin Molina-Ortiz Wins Award in the 2019 Annie Awards for His Storyboard Work on 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the exciting news that Storyboard Artist Kevin Molina-Ortiz won the Annie Award for "Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production" for his work on Nickelodeon's hit animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 46th Annual Annie Awards, which recognizes the year’s best in the field of animation! COWABUNGA!

Kevin was recognised in the 2019 Annie Awards for his storyboarding work on the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode "Mystic Mayhem", which served as the series premiere episode for the show.

Kevin tied for the award with Ramirez Ramos Alonso, who also won the "Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production" for his storyboarding work on the Disney Mickey Mouse episode "Carnaval"!

A full list of 46th Annual Annie Awards winners can be found online at

A huge congratulations to Kevin, Ramirez, Nickelodeon and everyone who won a award in the 46th Annie Awards!

Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey emerge from the sewers and tap into undiscovered ninja powers in Nickelodeon's reimagined, 2D-animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which made its world debut on Monday 17th September 2018 on Nickelodeon USA. The action-comedy series follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. Following its US launch, the series is now rolling out globally across Nickelodeon's channels and branded blocks in 170+ countries and territories. Click here for more international Rise of the TMNT premiere dates.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the Turtles on all-new adventures as they master new powers, encounter absurd mutants and battle bizarre villains, each with their own motivations. Ranging from mystics, mutants and madmen, new creatures and villains emerge to take on Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey in battles across New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the brothers learn to work together and navigate the perils of New York City and the hidden realms below in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.

In the half-hour launch episode, "Mystic Mayhem", the Turtles discover for the first time that they're not the weirdest things in New York.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, a jagged-shelled snapping turtle; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leo, a red-eared slider turtle; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, a soft-shell turtle; Brandon Mychal Smith (You're The Worst) as Mikey, a box turtle; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O'Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker; Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles; and WWE Superstar John Cena as the villainous, Baron Draxum.

The line-up of guest stars voicing new mutants and bizarre villains in RTMNT includes: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Big Mama, a gigantic spider mutant; John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Warren Stone, a former news anchor turned mutant earthworm; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Albearto, a singing, birthday-loving rampaging robot; Sam Richardson and Tim Simons (Veep) as Muninn and Huginn, gargoyles who are never far from their master, Baron Draxum; John Rotten Lydon (Public Image Ltd 'PiL' and Sex Pistols) as Meat Sweats, a power-hungry mutant pig; Rhys Darby (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) as Hypno-Potamus, a mutant magician/hippo; and Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre) as Ghostbear, a human pro-wrestler champion with a taste for cheating.

In addition, Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Maurice LaMarche (Animaniacs) reunite behind the mic as Foot Lieutenant, the de-facto leader of the Foot Clan, and Foot Brute, the Foot Lieutenant's right hand man.

The Annie Awards™ cover multiple categories and includes awards for Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent, Special Productions, Commercials, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards. The winners were announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. A post-show celebration immediately followed the ceremony at Royce Hall.

Juried Awards were also be presented honoring unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Three Winsor McCay Award recipients were been selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors for their exemplary industry careers – Academy Award-winning director, animator and art director, Ralph Eggleston; Frank Braxton (posthumously), the first African-American animator, animation director and guild president; and casting director, voice director and voice actress Andrea Romano. The June Foray Award was presented to veteran animator, Adam Burke (posthumously) for his significant and benevolent impact on the animation community. Ton Roosendaal, Dutch software developer and film producer, accepted the Ub Iwerks Award for Blender Open Source Animation Software; and a Certificate of Merit was presented to dedicated ASIFA volunteer, Jason Jones.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards™ have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades. For VIP tickets, please visit For all other information regarding the Annie Awards™, please visit

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