Magic Light Pictures‘ “The Gruffalo’s Child,” a half-hour animated film produced for the British Broadcasting Corporation, has been nominated in the Children’s category at the annual Rose d’Or global entertainment television festival.
Nominated for this year’s British Animation Award for Best Long Form, The Gruffalo’s Child is 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 2009’s hugely successful The Gruffalo, the film features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, Shirley Henderson, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.
Also nominated in the Children’s category is How to Survive…? (Hoe overleef ik…?), a Dutch live-action series which incorporates animation. Produced by Lemming Film for AVRO, How to Survive…? is based on the eponymous novels of Francine Oomen.
It is all about Rosa van Dijk, who starts her first years in high school with all the fears and problems that go with it…. Rosa never does the things she actually wants to do, which is why she always gets in trouble. During the episodes, she learns more and more to behave like she really wants to in her busy head. The adventures of Rosa and her friends are filmed in a modern way, with the use of animation to show her fantasies, and the use of an “internal voice” to give words to her busy busy head…
The 2012 Rose d’Or winners will be announced May 10 in Lucerne, Switzerland.