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Panda and dog win cartoon awards

Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May

Slapstick comedy Kung Fu Panda has beaten Wall-E to emerge as the main winner at the 36th Annie Awards, which recognise achievement in animation.

The Jack Black vehicle took home best animation and 14 other awards including best direction and character design.

Dustin Hoffman, who played curmudgeonly martial arts guru Shifu in the film, was named best voice actor.

Britain's Wallace and Gromit won best short animation for their latest adventure, A Matter of Loaf and Death.

The stop-motion film saw Wallace - voiced by Peter Sallis - and his dog Gromit at the helm of an automated bakery called Top Bun.

However, the accolade may be the film's only major prize this year - as it was released too late to be eligible for the Oscars.

Wallace And Gromit
Wallace and Gromit was watched by 14m people on Christmas Day in the UK

The series' creator, Nick Park, also won a lifetime achievement award at the Los Angeles event, along with Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge and Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter.

Lasseter's prize was bittersweet, however, as Pixar's latest film, Wall-E, went home empty-handed despite eight nominations.

The movie, about the last robot left on Earth, is the favourite to take home the best animated feature Oscar later this month.

However, the Annie winner has gone on to score an Oscar every year, except in 2007, when the Annies opted for Cars but the Academy chose Happy Feet.

Kung Fu Panda's 15 awards beat the nine taken by Ratatouille last year.

They include four prizes for the DVD-only feature Secrets of the Furious Five and one for the film's video game.

In the Annie's TV categories, cult animation Robot Chicken won three prizes for its Star Wars parody Episode II - Shadow Machine.

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