Gumball Gets Two British Academy Kids’ Animation Awards

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Brian Cosgrove

Brian Cos­grove (left) was pre­sented with the Spe­cial Award at the British Acad­emy Children’s Awards by long-standing friend and col­league David Jason.

Car­toon Net­work Europe series “The Amaz­ing World Of Gum­ball” was the win­ner in both the Ani­ma­tion and Writ­ing cat­e­gories Sun­day at the British Acad­emy Children’s Awards.

The show, which airs on Car­toon Net­work UK, was pro­duced in asso­ci­a­tion with Dan­de­lion Stu­dios, Boul­der Media and Stu­dio Soi.

Ben Boc­quelet, Mic Graves and Joanna Beres­ford were sin­gled out for their work in ani­ma­tion, Boc­quelet, James Lam­ont and Jon Fos­ter were hon­ored as the writers.

Other British Acad­emy Children’s Award nom­i­nees for ani­ma­tion were The Amaz­ing Adren­a­lini Broth­ers (Pesky Productions/POP), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pic­tures in asso­ci­a­tion with Stu­dio Soi/BBC One) and The Mechan­i­cal Musi­cal Mar­vel (Chris Ran­dall and Julie Boden; Sec­ond Home Studios/THSH Birmingham).

In Pre-School Ani­ma­tion, the win­ner was Peppa Pig (Philip Hall, Joris van Hulzen and Phil Davies; Ast­ley Baker Davies/Five).

Oth­ers nom­i­nated for Pre-School Ani­ma­tion were Ras­ta­mouse (Greg Board­man, Euge­nio Perez and Derek Mog­ford; The Ras­ta­mouse Company/CBeebies), Timmy Time (Jackie Cockle, Liz Whitaker and David Scan­lon; Aard­man Animations/CBeebies) and Tree Fu Tom (Daniel Bays and Adam Shaw; Plug-in Media/Blue Zoo Productions/CBeebies).

The award in the Inter­na­tional cat­e­gory was given to Sponge­Bob SquarePants (Paul Tib­bitt, Casey Alexan­der and Zeus Cer­vas; MTV Net­works International/United Plank­ton Pictures/Nickelodeon UK).

The ani­mated Share A Story 2011 (Dave Hick­man, Carl Hadley and David Hes­lop; CiTV Creative/CiTV) won in the Short Form category.

CBBC was named Chan­nel Of The Year, defeat­ing CBee­bies, CiTV and Cyw.

Brian Cos­grove, the man behind clas­sic children’s ani­ma­tions The BFG, Count Duck­ula, Dan­ger­Mouse and many more, was hon­oured with the Spe­cial Award for out­stand­ing cre­ative con­tri­bu­tion to the industry.

Cos­grove formed Manchester-based ani­ma­tion stu­dio Cos­grove Hall with his busi­ness part­ner Mark Hall in 1975. The stu­dio quickly estab­lished itself as the lead­ing pro­ducer of ani­mated pro­grammes in the United King­dom. It cre­ated shows and films that have enter­tained mil­lions of peo­ple all over the world, includ­ing Bill and Ben, Noddy, Rain­bow and Chorl­ton and the Wheel­ies.

The Spe­cial Award was pre­sented to Cos­grove by long-standing friend and col­league David Jason.

I had the plea­sure of work­ing with Brian Cos­grove and Mark Hall a num­ber of times, and it was always a joy. The qual­ity of the cre­ative work, the high stan­dard on which they based every detail of every project was so reas­sur­ing for one of the newer peo­ple like me,” Debra Gillett explained.

No mat­ter how long the day, work was always fun, and felt like a fam­ily get­ting together every time we met to record the next set of episodes. Cossie, as he was affec­tion­ately known by some, knew what he wanted down to the last minute detail, and the result was won­der­ful, orig­i­nal shows which were enjoyed all over the world. I am so pleased that his work is being rec­og­nized with this well-deserved award.”

Cos­grove and the team at Cos­grove Hall were also cham­pi­ons of Manchester’s arts and cul­tural scene, so much so that mem­bers of Joy Divi­sion (Bernard Sum­ner), The Stone Roses (John Squire) and Inspi­ral Car­pets (Craig Gill) all worked under Cos­grove and Hall’s tute­lage at some point in the studio’s life.

Said Cos­grove: “After 40 years of mak­ing children’s pro­grams, it is an honor and a priv­i­lege to be receiv­ing this Spe­cial Award from BAFTA. On hear­ing I would receive the Award, I was thrilled!

I’ve been lucky in many ways, par­tic­u­larly that I’ve spent my whole career doing what I would have cho­sen to do as a hobby, and I was for­tu­nate in find­ing the right per­son, Mark Hall, to work along­side. Together, we built a com­pany that gave work to a whole gen­er­a­tion of artists and film­mak­ers, and hope­fully, via the pro­grams we made, brought plea­sure to many gen­er­a­tions of viewers.”

In the BAFTA Kids’ Vote, the partly ani­mated The Smurfs won for Fea­ture Film.

Sunday’s cer­e­mony took place at the Lon­don Hilton on Park Lane.

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