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.