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‘Adventure Time,’ Malala Doc Nab Early Emmys for Animation

Adult Swim’s ”Robot Chicken“ also racks up juried prizes ahead of September 18 telecast

Monday wasn’t all about MTV’s Moonman trophy — the Emmys declared some early winners ahead of their mid-September awards show.

The Television Academy announced juried winners in the animation category, which will be formally awarded at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 11 in Los Angeles.

In the blanket category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, shows like Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” took home statues.

The acclaimed Fox Searchlight documentary “He Named Me Malala” was also recognized for its cable run on National Geographic. The life story of youth activist Malala Yousafza relied heavily on animation in its reenactment of her hardships.

Read  the complete the list of winners:

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
Adventure Time * Bad Jubies * Cartoon Network * Cartoon Network Studios in association with Bix Pix Entertainment
Jason Kolowski, Production Designer

Adventure Time * Stakes Pt. 8: The Dark Cloud * Cartoon Network * Cartoon Network Studios
Tom Herpich, Storyboard Artist

He Named Me Malala * National Geographic Channel * Fox Searchlight Pictures in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media
Jason Carpenter, Animation Production Designer

Long Live The Royals * Punk Show * Cartoon Network * Cartoon Network Studios
Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Designer

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship * Adult Swim * Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Scott DaRos, Character Animator

Juried categories require all entrants to be screened by a panel of professionals in the appropriate peer group, with the possibility of one, more than one, or no entry being awarded an Emmy. As a consequence there are no nominees, but rather a one-step evaluation and voting procedure. Deliberations include open discussions of each entrant’s work, with a thorough review of the merits of awarding the Emmy. At the conclusion of each deliberation, the jury considers the question, “Is this entry worthy of an Emmy award – yea or nay?” Only those with unanimous approval win.

The 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, executive produced by Bob Bain, will be held over two nights at the Microsoft Theater from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM on both Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11. FXX will broadcast the awards on Saturday, September 17, from 8:00 – 10:30 PM (ET/PT) with an encore from 10:30 PM – 1:00 AM (ET/PT).