At first, Allen was given a backing track, but his voice went awry when he tried to sing along with the tape. Instead, the filmmakers taped Allen singing the song a cappella and then built a track around his performance.
"When he was singing with the track, he was very impeded. You could hear it in his voice. But when he sang alone, he bloomed."
Powell is currently collaborating on the music for "Chicken Run," in which Mel Gibson will voice the Lone Free Ranger. The first animated feature from Peter Lord and Nick Park (the team that made "Wallace and Gromit"), "Chicken Run" is already generating a buzz. Brad Bird predicted that it would be the talk of next year's Annies.
An animator since 1930, Ray Patterson received the Winsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement for work that included getting Jerry the mouse to dance with Gene Kelly in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh."