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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Animated Program & Best Voice-Over Performance

The Emmys are only a few weeks away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Animated Program:
Bob’s Burgers – “O.T. The Outside Toilet”
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Enter the Dragon
Regular Show – “The Christmas Special”
The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror XXIII”
South Park – “Raising the Bar”

*I’m going out on a limb here with my prediction. Bob’s Burgers is one of my favorite shows on the air right now and it had a terrific season, but their episode submission wasn’t one of their best this year. They had much better episodes that would’ve made them more of a contender. The Simpsons and South Park have won this award multiple times. They’re never completely out of the race…however, they both had subpar seasons and their episode submissions reflect that. They could still win if the Emmy voters are lazy. Last year the Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar won for a feature length film. Maybe they extended running time helped it, and it might help the Kung Fu Panda animated series too. I’m predicting Regular Show for the win though. I’ve heard more about that show this year than I ever had before. It’s become a critical fave and apparently it’s episode was very well received. I think it’s going to sneak in there and take the trophy.*

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Best Animated Program – Short-Format:
Adventure Time – “Simon & Marcy”
Disney’s Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe
Regular Show – “A Bunch of Full Grown Geese”
Robot Chicken – “Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special”

*Regular Show and Robot Chicken have both previously won this award and the fact that they recieved nominations in the other Animated Program category and in Voice-Over shows that they are loved by Emmy voters. But it’s also important to know that the juried animated awards also favored the animated short Disney’s Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe. It was awarded two Emmys for it’s Background Paint and Art Direction. I think the difference in tone from the other four nominees will help it stand out from the pack. It will probably win, but it wouldn’t suprise me if Robot Chicken snuck in and picked up another win in this category.*

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Best Voice-Over Performance:
Bob Bergen, The Looney Tunes Show – “We’re in Big Truffle”
Alex Borstein, Family Guy – “Lois Comes Out of Her Shell”
Sam Elliott, Robot Chicken – “Hurtled From a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train”
Seth Green, Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy – “Brian’s Play”
Lily Tomlin, An Apology to Elephants

*Before this category become an actual category with 6 nominees, they favored narrators in documentary programs. Since the inception of the category in 2009, they’ve leaned towards animated voice-over work. Maurice LaMarche won the past two years for voicing multiple characters on Futurama. It’s hard to know which route the voters are going to take this year. Sam Elliott seems like a good middle choice. He’s credited as a narrator in the Robot Chicken episode. So voters will be able to award a narration performance, plus an animated program. But watch out for Seth MacFarlane. “Brian’s Play” was one of the better episodes of Family Guy this year and it’s always impressive to know that he voices three of the main characters on the show. It’s going to be a close race.*