PBS took the trifecta Wednesday for Outstanding Children’s Animation program when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominees for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.
Nominations were announced live by Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show.
Running for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program are June Foray as Mrs. Cauldron (The Garfield Show, Cartoon Network), James Hong as Mr. Ping (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Nickelodeon), Jeff Bennett as Kowalski (Penguins of Madagascar, Nickelodeon) and Rodger Bumpass as Squidward (SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon).
Named winners for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation – and therefore due to receive Emmys – are Joel Fajnor, art director for Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness; Ernie Gilbert, character designer for T.U.F.F. Puppy (Nickelodeon); and Christophe Vacher, supervising color designer for Transformers: Prime.
For Outstanding Original Song — Children’s and Animation, the nominees include “Todos Juntos Finale Song,” from Dora the Explorer, composed by George Noriega and Joel Someillan; “Every Pony,” from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (The HUB), written by Daniel Ingram; “Find A Pet,” from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic , written by Ingram; “Off the Clock,” from Penguins of Madagascar; Adam Berry, composer, and John Behnke, lyricist; and “In the Happy Little Land of Hoboken Surprise,” from Penguins of Madagascar, Berry, composer, and Brandon Sawyer, lyricist.
Series nominated for Outstanding Writing in Animation are The Backyardigans (Nickelodeon), Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Martha Speaks (PBS), Penguins of Madagascar and WordGirl (PBS).
For Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special, the hopefuls are Bubble Guppies (Nickelodeon), Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Disney Channel) and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
Nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing — Animation are Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 (Cartoon Network), Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Penguins of Madagascar, SpongeBob SquarePants and Transformers: Prime.
For Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing — Animation, the nominees are Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Monster High (Nickelodeon) and Transformers: Prime.
In New Approaches — Daytime Children’s, the nominees include Nelvana’s animated Cyberchase, which airs on PBS. It’s running against two live-action PBS series: Fizzy’s Lunch Lab and Noah Comprende.
Nominees for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series include the animated Disney Channel show 3rd & Bird! and Nickelodeon program Yo Gabba Gabba! They’re vying with the live-action PBS series Sesame Street and Super WHY!
All four nominations for Outstanding Achivement in Music Direction and Composition are for animated series: Curious George (PBS; Nick Nolan, music director and composer), Penguins of Madagascar (Adam Berry, composer), T.U.F.F. Puppy (Guy Moon, composer) and The Wonder Pets! (Nickelodeon; Jeffrey Lesser, music director; Larry Hochman, lead composer; Josh Selig, composer).
Nickelodeon’s All Together Now Anti Bullying Campaign: Dora the Explorer, an interstitial, has been nominated for Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime Program.
The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the 2011 calendar year. This year’s gala will be held Saturday, June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, which honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre, will return to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 17.
This year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Bill Geddie, executive producer of The View, for his contributions as writer, producer and director in his more than 30-year television career.
Regarding the possibility of a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award telecast, negotiations are continuing with several media outlets.
The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.