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'Archer' and 'Robot Chicken' Among Winners at Emmy Awards

This past weekend saw the 68th Annual Emmy Awards take place, across two ceremonies. The main event for the animation industry was the Outstanding Animated Program which saw the Phineas and Ferb swansong Last Day Of Summer go up against heavyweights The Simpsons, South Park and Bob's Burgers. Ultimately though, the unexpected victor was the FX series Archer, which took home the award based on its excellent seventh season.

This is quite an achievement for Adam Reed's adult comedy, which had yet to make much of a mark when it comes to awards. And to beat out competition from such long-established rivals is another impressive feather in its cap. However, fans of Phineas and Ferb will no doubt be disappointed that the series didn't cap off its successful run with an award from the Television Academy. Archer also snagged itself another award for its tie-in game Scavenger Hunt, which was awarded for Multi-platform Storytelling.

Another adult series took home the Outstanding Short Form Animated program this year. Adult Swim's Robot Chicken emerged victorious, shutting out Adventure Time, Spongebob Squarepants, The Powerpuff Girls reboot and Steven Universe.

The Television Academy also hands out juried awards for individual achievement in animation and this year, Cartoon Network dominated. Jason Kolowski (production design) and Tom Herpich (storyboarding) won for Adventure Time, while Chris Tsirgiotis won for best background for Long Live The Royals. Scott Daros won for character animation on Robot Chicken and Jason Carpenter won for animation production design for the animation segments of acclaimed documentary He Named Me Malala. 

Elsewhere, Seth MacFarlane won for character voice-over for his work in Family Guy, winning over Matt Stone and Trey Parker  (both from South Park) and Chris Pine and Keegan Michael-Key (both from Stoopid Buddy Studios/Crackle's adult stop-motion comedy Supermansion).