Six animated productions nominated for Rockies

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Stella and Sam

Stella and Sam

Cana­dian, Amer­i­can, British and Aus­tralian pro­duc­tions are included in the six nom­i­nees in the ani­ma­tion pro­grams cat­e­gory of the Rock­ies, the inter­na­tional TV awards pre­sented annu­ally at the Banff World Media Festival.

The nom­i­nees are Stella and Sam: “The Par­rot Queen” (Rad­i­cal Sheep Pro­duc­tions Inc. for Dis­ney Junior Canada; Canada), Raa Raa The Noisy Lion: “The Right Sound” (Chap­man Enter­tain­ment Stu­dios for CBee­bies; United King­dom), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pic­tures In Asso­ci­a­tion With Stu­dio Soi; United King­dom), Bub­ble Gup­pies: “Grump­fish Spe­cial” (Nickelodeon/ MTV for Nick­elodeon; U.S.A.), Guess How Much I Love You: “Snowflake” (SLR Pro­duc­tions; Aus­tralia) and Small Pota­toes: “Small Pota­toes Spe­cial” (Lit­tle Air­plane Pro­duc­tions; U.S.A.).

Descrip­tions of the six con­tenders follow:

Stella and Sam: “The Par­rot Queen
Try­ing to say a long funny word leaves Sam tongue-tied. Owen makes up a new planet called Wal­la­padoo­dleoozie. It’s a funny name to say, if only Sam could say it. Every time he tries, his tongue gets stuck. Stella rec­om­mends a visit to see the Par­rot Queen, an enchanted speech spe­cial­ist who can help Sam with his pro­nun­ci­a­tion prob­lem. After a make-believe train ride to the Jas­mine Jun­gle, Sam is granted “Par­rot Power” and repeats the tongue-twisting word faster than you can say Wallapadoodleoozie.

Raa Raa The Noisy Lion: “The Right Sound
One of the pipes on Huffty’s Toot Stick has bro­ken. Can Raa Raa help his friend find the “right” sound to replace it in the jun­gle so they can play loud music together?

The Gruffalo’s Child
A half-hour ani­mated film based on the best-selling children’s pic­ture book by author Julia Don­ald­son and illus­tra­tor Axel Schef­fler. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warn­ings and bravely tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn’t really exist… or does he? A com­pan­ion film to the hugely suc­cess­ful The Gruffalo. With the voices of Helena Bon­ham Carter, Rob Bry­don, Rob­bie Coltrane, James Cor­den, Shirley Hen­der­son, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Bub­ble Gup­pies: “Grump­fish Spe­cial
At the Bub­ble Gup­pies restau­rant, you’ll get a pic­ture on your pizza and a smile on your face, unless, of course, you’re the Grump­fish. From wait­ing tables to cook­ing food, the Bub­ble Gup­pies pre­pare to serve their most dif­fi­cult cus­tomer yet. But is there any­thing on the menu that can get the Grump­fish grinning?

Guess How Much I Love You: “Snowflake“
Aimed at preschool­ers aged 3–5, the Guess How Much I Love You ani­mated series is set in a time­less water­color land­scape of grassy fields, mossy forests, lazy rivers and sunny green val­leys. It’s an inno­cent, picture-book world of but­ter­flies, flow­ers, whimsy and won­der. This is the idyl­lic home of Lit­tle Nut­brown Hare and his father, Big Nut­brown Hare. The series fol­lows their adven­tures as they explore their beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, play with their friends and delight in the love between them.

Small Pota­toes: “Small Pota­toes Spe­cial
The Small Pota­toes are a band of four singing pota­toes who travel the world mak­ing music and mak­ing friends. Their songs range from Motown to Rock & Roll to Hip Hop, and each music video has the look and feel of a dif­fer­ent musi­cal era. Every three-minute episode con­tains one music video as well as two short com­edy sequences fea­tur­ing mem­bers of the band riff­ing on top­ics from trains to feel­ings to sci­ence. All fans are encour­aged to lis­ten to music, dance to music and, most impor­tantly, to make music of their own. “Music is the short­hand of emo­tion.” — Leo Tolstoy.

A list of nom­i­nees was released Fri­day, con­tain­ing 26 cat­e­gories, five of them for inter­ac­tive projects. Win­ners of the Rock­ies Awards will be named June 12 in Banff, Alberta as part of the Banff World Media Festival.

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