Paddington Bear named UK’s best animated character

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Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

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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