Paddington Bear named UK’s best animated character

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Duf­fle coat-wearing Padding­ton Bear, an import from dark­est Peru, has been voted Britain’s favorite ani­mated character.

The announce­ment was made Thurs­day at the ninth British Ani­ma­tion Awards, held at the British Film Insti­tute South­bank in London.

Cre­ated by for­mer British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion cam­era­man Michael Bond, Padding­ton over­whelm­ingly defeated such other final­ists as Super Ted, Alek­sandr Meerkat, and joint nom­i­nee Wal­lace and Gromit.

The first Padding­ton Bear book was pub­lished in 1958. First made into an ani­mated TV series in 1975, the pop­u­lar sto­ries have been redone sev­eral times.

The Gruffalo’s Child — fea­tur­ing the voice of James Cor­den — and Pol­ish film Maska were joint win­ners of the best long-form ani­ma­tion prize.

For best short film, the win­ner was Francesca Adams’ Bertie Crisp, voiced by Kathy Burke, Tam­sin Greig and Mark Benton.

The Tale of the Three Broth­ers”, part of the live-action movie Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 1, won for best ani­mated sequence in a film.

Goril­laz, the ani­mated band led by Damon Albarn (of Blur fame), won one of the pub­lic choice awards for best video for its song “Stylo.”

Votes for the pub­lic awards were cast at over 20 screen­ings through­out the United Kingdom.

Car­toon Network’s The Amaz­ing World Of Gum­ball won two awards: best children’s series prize and the pub­lic vote for best children’s show.

Said awards direc­tor Jayne Pilling: “At a time when the U.K. ani­ma­tion indus­try faces an uncer­tain future, we have been over­whelmed by the strength and breadth of tal­ent fea­tured in this year’s awards, and would like to warmly con­grat­u­late all our winners.”

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