“Save the Stump!”, an episode of The Jim Henson Company’s partly animated PBS Kids series Sid The Science Kid, won in the Children’s Programming category Saturday at the 26th Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States.
In the episode, Sid and his dad are clearing a space for a basketball court. While surveying the land, Sid sees a stump teeming with little creatures. During a field trip to the Science Center, Sid and his friends learn that there are animal habitats all around us, even in old stumps, and that if one habitat is destroyed, then all of the others (including animals) are affected.
“Save the Stump” was filmed in the desert habitat exhibit and the kelp forest habitat exhibit in Ecosystems Desert and Kelp Forest Zone at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
In the Feature Film category, Twentieth Century Fox’s animated Rio lost to the same studio’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Genesis Awards recognized Rise as the Outstanding Feature Film of the year for its examination of the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research.
“Ain’t Nothin’ But Mutton Bustin’,” an episode of The Cleveland Show, had been nominated for the Sid Caesar Comedy Award. However, it lost to The Colbert Report — the winner for the second year in a row — for offering a satirical twist on the whaling issue and a Utah legislator’s proposal to kill feral dogs and cats.
The Genesis Awards were presented at a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The event will be shown as a one-hour special May 5 on Animal Planet.
“We paid tribute to an amazing array of works that address animal protection concerns, but the real winners of the HSUS’s 26th Genesis Awards are the animals themselves, who rely on these invaluable voices to speak for them,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the HSUS’s Hollywood Outreach program and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards.
Hosting the show was Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing with the Stars, who opened the ceremony alongside Uggie, the show-stealing terrier from The Artist.