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Pirates Sets Sail For European Film Awards

European Film Awards

Euro­pean Film Awards

Aard­man Ani­ma­tions / Sony Pic­tures fea­ture The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits is the odds on favorite in this years Euro­pean Film Awards (EFA) com­pe­ti­tion. But is is not all clear sail­ing for the hit clay­ma­tion film. It is up against Igna­cio Fer­reras and his film Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) from Spain, and the Czech entry Alois Nebel from direc­tor Tomás Lunák.

The Euro­pean Film Awards are awarded annu­ally by the Euro­pean Film Acad­emy. The win­ner will be announced at the 25th Euro­pean Film Awards Cer­e­mony in Malta on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 1. The three nom­i­nees were selected from a pool of over 2700 entries.

The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits is far and away the most suc­cess­ful of the three entries, hav­ing earned well over 120 mil­lion in it;s release. The other two fea­tures made a frac­tion of that, combined.

But com­mer­cial suc­cess does not insure a win. The Euro­pean Film Acad­emy– Europes  equiv­a­lent of the Acad­emy Awards– often favor films deemed more artis­ti­cally wor­thy over audi­ence favorites. Last year, for exam­ple, the Best Euro­pean Film honor went to Lars von Trier’s Melan­cho­lia, not the global box office smash — and Oscar Best Pic­ture win­ner — The King’s Speech.

Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) has already won Spain’s Goya for best ani­mated film and was nom­i­nated for best fea­ture at this year’s pres­ti­gious Arnie Awards in Los Ange­les. Based on Paco Roca’s comic of the same title (2008 Span­ish National Comic Prize), Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) is a 2D ani­mated feature-length film for an adult audi­ence. Arru­gas por­trays the friend­ship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gen­tle­men shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and col­leagues to avoid end­ing up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or “assisted” floor. Their wild plan infuses their oth­er­wise tedious day-to-day with humor and ten­der­ness, because although for some their lives are com­ing to an end, for them it is just a new beginning.

Alois Nebel also has it’s share of awards, havin won three Czech Film Acad­emy Lions: for art direc­tion, music and sound. The film tells the tale of Alois Nebel, who works as a dis­patcher at the small rail­way sta­tion in Bílý Potok, a remote vil­lage on the Czech-Polish bor­der. He’s a loner, who prefers old timeta­bles to peo­ple, and he finds the lone­li­ness of the sta­tion tran­quil– except when the fog rolls in. Then he hal­lu­ci­nates, sees trains from the last hun­dred years pass through the sta­tion. They bring ghosts and shad­ows from the dark past of Cen­tral Europe. Alois can’t get rid of these night­mares and even­tu­ally ends up in a sanatorium.

Nominees for 13th Golden Trailer Awards announced

Golden Trailer Awards

Golden Trailer Awards

Nom­i­nees were announced Sat­ur­day in many cat­e­gories, includ­ing animation/family, for the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.

For Best Animation/Family, the nom­i­nees include The Adven­tures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uni­corn (Columbia/Paramount, Igni­tion Cre­ative), Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted “Trailer 1″ (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT) and The Mup­pets “Their Movie” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

Best Music nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “The Pig With the Froggy Tat­too” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

Among the Golden Fleece nom­i­nees is John Carter (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Igni­tion Creative).

Most Orig­i­nal Trailer nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “The Pig with the Froggy Tat­too” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones) and The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits in an Adven­ture with Sci­en­tists (Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing, Empire Design).

In the For­eign The­atri­cal Trailer sweep­stakes, the sole nom­i­nee for Best Anime is The Secret World of Arri­etty “Stand Tall” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­ture, Trailer Park).

For Best For­eign Animation/Family Trailer, the hope­fuls are The Secret World of Arri­ettyUK Trailer” (Stu­dio Canal, The Edit­pool), Brave “Japan Trailer” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, mOcean), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 1″ (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 2″ (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION) and The Secret World of Arri­etty “Stand Tall” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Trailer Park).

Best For­eign Graph­ics in a Trailer nom­i­nees include Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION).

Best Animation/Family TV Spot nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “Pre­pare Phys­i­cal” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, mOcean),The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits “Epic Love Story” (Sony Pic­tures, Green Mon­ster Adver­tis­ing), Puss in Boots “Curios­ity” (Para­mount Pic­tures, Aspect Ratio) and Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT).

Best Music TV Spot nom­i­nees include Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT).

One of the two nom­i­nees for Best Voice Over TV Spot is The Mup­pets“How Many” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

For Best Animation/Family Poster, the nom­i­nees include The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits in an Adven­ture with Sci­en­tists (Band of Mis­fits) (Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing, Empire Design).

Best Pre-show The­atri­cal Adver­tis­ing nom­i­nees include The Adven­tures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uni­corn (Columbia/Paramount, Pic­ture Pro­duc­tion Company).

Most Inno­v­a­tive Adver­tis­ing for a Fea­ture Film nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “Two Mup­pets” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

The 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards will be announced at the awards cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day in Los Angeles.

Rated A For Awesome” nominated for 6 Leo Awards

Leo Awards

Leo Awards

Nerd Corps Entertainment’s “Rated A For Awe­some” has received six nom­i­na­tions for the Leo Awards, which cel­e­brate excel­lence in British Colum­bia film and television.

The series was nom­i­nated for Best Direc­tion in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series for the episode “Lost in Char­ac­ter.” Sebas­t­ian Brodin, Steve Sacks, Tim Pack­ford and Mar­cus Werner were sin­gled out for recognition.

For the same episode, Sam Vin­cent and Colin Mur­dock were nom­i­nated sep­a­rately for Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series. Chiara Zanni received a nod in the same cat­e­gory for the Rated A For Awe­some episode “Scary Go Round.”

A nom­i­na­tion for Best Over­all Sound in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series went to Gor­don Sproule, Jeff Davis, Johnny Ludgate and Dean Giammarco for the Rated A For Awe­some episode “Go Away Day.” And for the episode “Les’ Song of Doom,” Hal Fox­ton Beck­ett was nom­i­nated for Best Musi­cal Score in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series.

Max Steel: Makino’s Revenge, from Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment, received four nom­i­na­tions, includ­ing Best Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Sha­ran Wood, Kim Dent Wilder and Greg Richard­son, Pro­duc­ers). Other nom­i­na­tions were for Best Direc­tion in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Richard­son), Best Over­all Sound in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Gord Hillier, Miguel Nunes, James Fon­nyadt and James Wal­lace) and Best Musi­cal Score in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Brian Jef­frey Carson).

The Bas­ket­ball Game, released by the National Film Board of Canada, has four nom­i­na­tions as well. It’s up for Best Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Yves Ma, Pro­ducer), Best Direc­tion in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Hart Snider and Sean Cov­ern­ton), Best Screen­writ­ing in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Snider) and Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Snider yet again).

Also an NFB release, the short CMYK received three nom­i­na­tions. It received nods for Best Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Mar­tin Rose and Tracey Friesen, Pro­duc­ers), Best Direc­tion in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Marv New­land and Kunal Sen) and Best Musi­cal Score in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Lisa Cay Miller).

The Big Bad Boo Stu­dios series 1001 Nights also has three nom­i­na­tions. Nods are for Best Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Aly Jetha and Shab­nam Rezaei, Pro­duc­ers), Best Screen­writ­ing in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Rezaei, for the episode “Sin­bad And The Black Dia­mond”) and Best Over­all Sound in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Jeff Jack­man, Greg Stew­art, Angelo Nicoloy­an­nis and Rick Senechal, for the episode “Abu Hassan’s Leg­endary Wedding”).

Another TV series, Stu­dio B Pro­duc­tions’ My Lit­tle Pony: Friend­ship is Magic, received three noms as well. It’s up for Best Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Sarah Wall, Chris Bartle­man, Blair Peters and Kirsten New­lands, Pro­duc­ers), Best Direc­tion in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Jayson Thiessen and James Woot­ton, for the episode “Party of One”) and Best Over­all Sound in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Mar­cel Duper­reault, Todd Araki, Jason Fredrick­son and Adam McGhie, for the episode “Read it and Weep”).

Rain­maker Entertainment’s Bar­bie in A Mer­maid Tale 2 was nom­i­nated for Best Over­all Sound in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Kelly Cole, Bill Mel­low, Ryan Thomp­son and Ryan Nowak) and Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Kelly Sheri­dan, the voice of Merliah).

Nick­Toons’ Voltron Force was nom­i­nated for Best Musi­cal Score in an Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram or Series (Hal Fox­ton Beck­ett and Stef­fan Andrews).

This year’s Leos will be pre­sented dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion awards cer­e­mony Fri­day, May 25 and a gala awards cer­e­mony Sat­ur­day, May 26, both at the Fair­mont Hotel Vancouver.

Actors Amanda Tap­ping and Robin Dunne are co-hosts of this year’s gala awards cer­e­mony. The cel­e­bra­tion awards cer­e­mony is hosted by play­wright and Sec­ond City alum­nus Gary Jones.

The Leo Awards are pre­sented by the Motion Pic­ture Arts & Sci­ences Foun­da­tion of British Colum­bia, a not-for-profit orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to cel­e­brate and pro­mote the achieve­ments of the British Colum­bia film and TV indus­try through the pre­sen­ta­tion of an annual awards program.

PBS takes all three Children’s Animation Emmy noms

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy

Acad­emy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sci­ences Emmy

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.

All three nom­i­nees in the Out­stand­ing Children’s Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory are PBS series: Curi­ous George, Peep & The Big Wide World and Sid the Sci­ence Kid.

Nom­i­na­tions were announced live by Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show.

For Out­stand­ing Spe­cial Class Ani­mated Pro­gram, the nom­i­nees are Fan­boy and Chum Chum (Nick­elodeon) and Trans­form­ers: Prime (The HUB).

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).

Shows nom­i­nated for Out­stand­ing Direct­ing in an Ani­mated Pro­gram are Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness, Pen­guins of Mada­gas­carSponge­Bob SquarePants and Trans­form­ers: Prime.

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 Mada­gas­carSponge­Bob 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).

Among the shows nom­i­nated for Out­stand­ing Writ­ing in a Children’s Series are the ani­mated 3rd & Bird! and Wild Kratts (PBS).

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.

9 animation finalists for Student Oscars announced

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

For the first time ever, a film from Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity is a final­ist in the Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences’ Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards competition.

Aaron Bris­tow, who made Lizard and the Lad­der, is one of nine stu­dents from seven United States col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties who have been selected as final­ists in the 39th Annual Stu­dent Oscars.

Final­ists from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les are Choco­late Milk, by Eliza Kinkz, and The Jock­strap Raiders, by Mark Nelson.

From Florida’s Rin­gling Col­lege of Art and Design, the final­ists are My Lit­tle Friend, by Eric Prah, and Reviv­ing Red­wood, by Matt Sullivan.

Round­ing out the list are Cow­boy, Clone, Dust, by Matthew Chris­tensen of New York Uni­ver­sity; Eyrie, by David Wolter of Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts; La Lune et le Coq, by Ray­mond McCarthy Berg­eron of Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy; and Shi­nobi Blues, by Yue Liu of the School of Visual Arts.

Acad­emy mem­bers will view the final­ists’ films at spe­cial screen­ings and vote to select the win­ners. Gold, Sil­ver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accom­pa­ny­ing cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respec­tively, may be pre­sented in the Ani­ma­tion category.

Win­ners will be brought to Los Ange­les, along with the inter­na­tional stu­dent win­ners in the For­eign Stu­dent Film cat­e­gory, for a week of indus­try activ­i­ties and social events that will cul­mi­nate in the awards cer­e­mony at 6 p.m. Sat­ur­day, June 9 at the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater in Bev­erly Hills, California.

To reach this stage, U.S. stu­dents com­peted in one of three regional com­pe­ti­tions. Each region is per­mit­ted to send to the Acad­emy up to three final­ists in each of the four cat­e­gories. Acad­emy mem­bers have selected stu­dents from Aus­tralia, Ger­many and the United King­dom as final­ists in the For­eign Film category.

The Acad­emy estab­lished the Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards in 1972 to sup­port and encour­age excel­lence in film­mak­ing at the col­le­giate level. Past Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nom­i­na­tions and have won or shared eight awards.

The 39th Annual Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony June 9 is free and open to the pub­lic, but advance tick­ets are required. Tick­ets are avail­able now, online at www.oscars.org, in per­son at the Acad­emy box office, or by mail.

The Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boule­vard in Bev­erly Hills. For more infor­ma­tion, call (310) 247‑3600.

Six animated productions nominated for Rockies

Stella and Sam

Stella and Sam

Cana­dian, Amer­i­can, British and Aus­tralian pro­duc­tions are included in the six nom­i­nees in the ani­ma­tion pro­grams cat­e­gory of the Rock­ies, the inter­na­tional TV awards pre­sented annu­ally at the Banff World Media Festival.

The nom­i­nees are Stella and Sam: “The Par­rot Queen” (Rad­i­cal Sheep Pro­duc­tions Inc. for Dis­ney Junior Canada; Canada), Raa Raa The Noisy Lion: “The Right Sound” (Chap­man Enter­tain­ment Stu­dios for CBee­bies; United King­dom), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pic­tures In Asso­ci­a­tion With Stu­dio Soi; United King­dom), Bub­ble Gup­pies: “Grump­fish Spe­cial” (Nickelodeon/ MTV for Nick­elodeon; U.S.A.), Guess How Much I Love You: “Snowflake” (SLR Pro­duc­tions; Aus­tralia) and Small Pota­toes: “Small Pota­toes Spe­cial” (Lit­tle Air­plane Pro­duc­tions; U.S.A.).

Descrip­tions of the six con­tenders follow:

Stella and Sam: “The Par­rot Queen
Try­ing to say a long funny word leaves Sam tongue-tied. Owen makes up a new planet called Wal­la­padoo­dleoozie. It’s a funny name to say, if only Sam could say it. Every time he tries, his tongue gets stuck. Stella rec­om­mends a visit to see the Par­rot Queen, an enchanted speech spe­cial­ist who can help Sam with his pro­nun­ci­a­tion prob­lem. After a make-believe train ride to the Jas­mine Jun­gle, Sam is granted “Par­rot Power” and repeats the tongue-twisting word faster than you can say Wallapadoodleoozie.

Raa Raa The Noisy Lion: “The Right Sound
One of the pipes on Huffty’s Toot Stick has bro­ken. Can Raa Raa help his friend find the “right” sound to replace it in the jun­gle so they can play loud music together?

The Gruffalo’s Child
A half-hour ani­mated film based on the best-selling children’s pic­ture book by author Julia Don­ald­son and illus­tra­tor Axel Schef­fler. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warn­ings and bravely tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn’t really exist… or does he? A com­pan­ion film to the hugely suc­cess­ful The Gruffalo. With the voices of Helena Bon­ham Carter, Rob Bry­don, Rob­bie Coltrane, James Cor­den, Shirley Hen­der­son, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Bub­ble Gup­pies: “Grump­fish Spe­cial
At the Bub­ble Gup­pies restau­rant, you’ll get a pic­ture on your pizza and a smile on your face, unless, of course, you’re the Grump­fish. From wait­ing tables to cook­ing food, the Bub­ble Gup­pies pre­pare to serve their most dif­fi­cult cus­tomer yet. But is there any­thing on the menu that can get the Grump­fish grinning?

Guess How Much I Love You: “Snowflake“
Aimed at preschool­ers aged 3–5, the Guess How Much I Love You ani­mated series is set in a time­less water­color land­scape of grassy fields, mossy forests, lazy rivers and sunny green val­leys. It’s an inno­cent, picture-book world of but­ter­flies, flow­ers, whimsy and won­der. This is the idyl­lic home of Lit­tle Nut­brown Hare and his father, Big Nut­brown Hare. The series fol­lows their adven­tures as they explore their beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, play with their friends and delight in the love between them.

Small Pota­toes: “Small Pota­toes Spe­cial
The Small Pota­toes are a band of four singing pota­toes who travel the world mak­ing music and mak­ing friends. Their songs range from Motown to Rock & Roll to Hip Hop, and each music video has the look and feel of a dif­fer­ent musi­cal era. Every three-minute episode con­tains one music video as well as two short com­edy sequences fea­tur­ing mem­bers of the band riff­ing on top­ics from trains to feel­ings to sci­ence. All fans are encour­aged to lis­ten to music, dance to music and, most impor­tantly, to make music of their own. “Music is the short­hand of emo­tion.” — Leo Tolstoy.

A list of nom­i­nees was released Fri­day, con­tain­ing 26 cat­e­gories, five of them for inter­ac­tive projects. Win­ners of the Rock­ies Awards will be named June 12 in Banff, Alberta as part of the Banff World Media Festival.

Five animated films up for second Comedy Awards

The Comedy Awards

The Com­edy Awards

Cars 2,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss In Boots,” “Rango” and “Rio” have been nom­i­nated in the Ani­mated Com­edy Film cat­e­gory of the Com­edy Awards 2012, the sec­ond annual block­buster event ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing all that is funny.

Addi­tion­ally, James Bobin is one of five nom­i­nees in the Com­edy Direc­tor (Film) cat­e­gory for helm­ing the partly ani­mated The Mup­pets.

Up for Ani­mated Com­edy Series are Archer, Fam­ily Guy, The Life & Times of Tim, The Simp­sons and South Park.

All nom­i­nees were selected by the Com­edy Awards’ Board of Direc­tors, com­prised of such com­edy indus­try lumi­nar­ies as Carol Bur­nett, Conan O’Brien, Joan Rivers and Lily Tom­lin. An invitation-only body of com­edy writ­ers, pro­duc­ers, direc­tors, and other indus­try movers and shak­ers will select the winners.

This his­toric, one-night-only cel­e­bra­tion will honor the most tal­ented writ­ers, direc­tors, actors and stand-ups who pro­vided the laugh track to our lives this past year: the pio­neers who pushed bound­aries; the TV shows that we rushed home for; the movies that are etched into our col­lec­tive pop-culture mem­ory; the stand-up come­di­ans and the viral videos that make us laugh every day.

The Com­edy Awards will take place Sat­ur­day, April 28 at the Ham­mer­stein Ball­room in New York City. The show will pre­miere Sun­day, May 6 on Com­edy Central.

Gruffalo’s Child” up for Rose d’Or world TV award

Rose d'Or

Rose d’Or

Magic Light Pic­tures’ “The Gruffalo’s Child,” a half-hour ani­mated film pro­duced for the British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, has been nom­i­nated in the Children’s cat­e­gory at the annual Rose d’Or global enter­tain­ment tele­vi­sion festival.

Nom­i­nated for this year’s British Ani­ma­tion Award for Best Long Form, The Gruffalo’s Child is based on the best-selling children’s pic­ture book by author Julia Don­ald­son and illus­tra­tor Axel Scheffler.

One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warn­ings and bravely tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn’t really exist… or does he?

A com­pan­ion film to 2009’s hugely suc­cess­ful The Gruffalo, the film fea­tures the voices of Helena Bon­ham Carter, Rob Bry­don, Rob­bie Coltrane, James Cor­den, Shirley Hen­der­son, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Also nom­i­nated in the Children’s cat­e­gory is How to Sur­vive…? (Hoe over­leef ik…?), a Dutch live-action series which incor­po­rates ani­ma­tion. Pro­duced by Lem­ming Film for AVRO, How to Sur­vive…? is based on the epony­mous nov­els of Francine Oomen.

It is all about Rosa van Dijk, who starts her first years in high school with all the fears and prob­lems that go with it.… Rosa never does the things she actu­ally wants to do, which is why she always gets in trou­ble. Dur­ing the episodes, she learns more and more to behave like she really wants to in her busy head. The adven­tures of Rosa and her friends are filmed in a mod­ern way, with the use of ani­ma­tion to show her fan­tasies, and the use of an “inter­nal voice” to give words to her busy busy head…

The 2012 Rose d’Or win­ners will be announced May 10 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Kids’ finalists for British Animation Awards named

British Animation Awards

British Ani­ma­tion Awards

British Ani­ma­tion Awards final­ists were announced Tues­day for both the juried cat­e­gories and the Children’s Choice awards, as deter­mined by kid vot­ers in the United Kingdom.

The awards will be held March 15 at the British Film Insti­tute in London.

Here is the full list of the children’s cat­e­gories and finalists:

Best Long Form
The Itch of the Golden Nit (dir. Sarah Cox; Aard­man Ani­ma­tions for Tate and CBBC)
Maska (dirs. Quay Broth­ers; Pol­ish Cul­tural Insti­tute in London/Se-Ma-For Stu­dios Poland)
The Gruffalo’s Child (dirs. Johannes Wei­land, Uwe Hei­d­shöt­ter; Magic Light Pic­tures in asso­ci­a­tion with Stu­dio Soi)

Best Preschool Series
Ben & Holly’s Lit­tle King­dom: “Acorn Day” (dirs. Neville Ast­ley, Mark Baker; Ast­ley Baker Davies Ltd for Chan­nel 5, Nick Jr and eone Enter­tain­ment)
Octo­nauts: “The Blob­fish Broth­ers” (dir. Dar­ragh O’Connell; Sil­ver­gate Media and Brown Bag Films for CBee­bies)
Peppa Pig: “The New House” (dirs. Joris van Hulzen, Philip Hall; Ast­ley Baker Davies Ltd for Chan­nel 5, Nick Jr and eone Entertainment)

Children’s Choice
Book­a­boo: “Johnny Vegas” (dirs. Lucy Good­man, Ian Emes; Happy Films for CITV)
The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball: “The Quest” (dirs. Mic Graves, Ben Boc­quelet; Car­toon Net­work, in asso­ci­a­tion with Dan­de­lion Stu­dios, Boul­der Media and Stu­dio Soi for Car­toon Net­work)
Peppa Pig: “The New House” (dirs. Joris van Hulzen, Philip Hall; Ast­ley Baker Davies Ltd for Chan­nel 5, Nick Jr and eone Entertainment)

Best Children’s Series
The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball: “The Quest” (dirs. Mic Graves, Ben Boc­quelet; Car­toon Net­work, in asso­ci­a­tion with Dan­de­lion Stu­dios, Boul­der Media and Stu­dio Soi for Car­toon Net­work)
Ras­ta­mouse: “Da Missin’ Mas­ter­piece” (dir. Derek Mog­ford; The Ras­ta­mouse Com­pany for CBee­bies)
Ask Lara: “Oh No! B.O.!” (dir. Mer­cedes Marro; Red Kite Pro­duc­tions for BBC Scotland)

Best Mixed Media Children’s Series
Get Squig­gling!: “Cat Episode” (dirs. Mike Wyatt, Damian Hook, Adrian Hed­ley; Dot to Dot Pro­duc­tions Ltd for CBee­bies)
Baby Jake: “Loves Tummy Slid­ing” (dirs. Alan Shan­non, Maddy Dar­rall; Dar­rall Mac­queen Ltd for CBee­bies)
Book­a­boo: “Johnny Vegas” (dirs. Lucy Good­man, Ian Emes; Happy Films for CITV)

Rio, Cleveland Show nominated for Genesis Awards

Genesis Awards

Gen­e­sis Awards

Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox’s “Rio” and an episode of the FOX network’s The Cleve­land Show are among the eclec­tic field of 58 nom­i­nees for the Gen­e­sis Awards, pre­sented by the Humand Soci­ety of the United States.

Every year, the Gen­e­sis Awards pays trib­ute to the major news and enter­tain­ment media for pro­duc­ing out­stand­ing works that raise pub­lic aware­ness about ani­mal issues. The 26th Gen­e­sis Awards will be held Sat­ur­day, March 24 at the Bev­erly Hilton in Bev­erly Hills, California.

Besides the ani­mated Rio, the Fea­ture Film nom­i­nees are the live-action War Horse, also nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Pic­ture; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Visual Effects; and Dol­phin Tale, based on a true story of Win­ter the dolphin.

In the run­ning for the Sid Cae­sar Com­edy Award is “Ain’t Nothin’ But Mut­ton Bustin’,” an episode of The Cleve­land Show. Other nom­i­nees are mul­ti­ple episodes of Com­edy Central’s The Col­bert Report and “Toledo’s Next Top Model,” an episode of ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.

Save the Stump!,” an episode of PBS Kids’ ani­mated series Sid the Sci­ence Kid, was nom­i­nated in the Children’s Pro­gram­ming cat­e­gory. It’s up against “Dan­ger­ous Cross­roads: Human Ani­mal vs. Wild Ani­mal,” an episode of Nickelodeon’s Nick News With Linda Eller­bee.

It was an out­stand­ing year for major fea­ture films with strong ani­mal pro­tec­tion con­tent and, most sig­nif­i­cantly, a com­bined domes­tic box office gross of $468 mil­lion — $1.17 bil­lion world­wide! Ani­mal wel­fare con­cerns are reach­ing huge audi­ences, thanks to the qual­ity and engag­ing sto­ry­lines of these films,” said Bev­erly Kaskey, senior direc­tor of the Humane Soci­ety of the United States’ Hol­ly­wood Out­reach pro­gram and exec­u­tive pro­ducer of the Gen­e­sis Awards.