The Annie Awards are animation’s highest honor, and long-time LMU instructor Sue Kroyer, along with her husband Bill, received the June Foray Award for their “career-long benevolent, public-spirited influence within the animation community.” The award’s namesake, legendary voice actress June Foray, helped establish ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards in 1972. The Kroyers are the first couple to receive the award in Annie’s history.
“Bill and I were very honored to receive the June Foray award at the 2017 Annie’s,” said Kroyer. “Foray’s legacy of support of the art of animation has been a tremendous influence on both of us. We are so proud to be part of this incredible art form that keeps getting bigger, better and more inspirational every year!”
Kroyer, known for her work on FernGully, Technological Threat, and The Simpsons, among others, has been on the LMU School of Film and Television faculty for over a decade. She is a founding member of Women in Animation, a group that strives to offer support and awareness for women working in the industry. In the early days of Kroyer’s career, she was often the only female animator in the room.
As the instructor of LMU’s Character Animation course, she serves as not only an accomplished teacher but an inspiring figure who opened doors for others to follow. She even played a role in bringing cartoons back from the brink, after Hollywood once dismissed animated movies as “washed up.” With her optimism and passion, she contributed to Brad Bird’s Family Dog and Richard Williams’ Raggedy Ann and Andy, seminal films that helped restore the magic to the craft of animation.
“To me, Sue and Bill are like cartoon saints and mentors to so many,” says LMU Animation chair Tom Klein. “She’s had such a storied career over the last few decades. And now Sue gives so much of her time and effort in the classroom, helping the next generation of animators.”
At a gala ceremony honoring the 2017 Annie recipients, held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on February 4, Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements (Moana/Aladdin) personally presented the June Foray Award to their dear friends Sue and Bill Kroyer.