Gumball Gets Two British Academy Kids’ Animation Awards

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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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