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21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Adventures in Zambezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Frankenweenie
Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
Krishna Aur Kans (Hey Krishna)
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
Le Tableau (The Painting)
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
 Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Le Noël de Walter et Tandoori (Walter And Tandoori’s Christmas)
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in over 225 countries worldwide.

Who’s In At London Animation Festival

London International Animation Festival

London International Animation Festival

The largest animated film festival in the United Kingdom- the London International Animation Festival- has announced this years program. Included are over 280 films from thirty countries competing in 10 categories. Showcasing the best in British and international animation, this years festival also includes several important premieres, in addition to attendee events and symposiums.

This year’s London International Animation Festival- or LIAF- is running October 25th – November 4th. This year the ten day festival will open with style, premiering ‘For No Good Reason’, the brand new feature film exploring the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman. Follow the screening with an onstage discussion with the seminal British artist himself – Ralph Steadman, as well as ‘For No Good Reason’ Director Charlie Paul and Animation Director Kevin Richards.

On October 28th, Czech Republic director Tomáš Lunák will introduce a  screening of his film Alois Nebel. Afterward, he will take part in a Q and A about the film.

Also on tap are a retrospective of Lithuanian Animation and a look at the emerging Japanese animation scene, including a masterclass and screening with short-form auteur animator Koji Yamamura. American studio Klasky Csupo presents a series of never-before-seen pilot films from some of their televisions series.

The festival will also be home to a variety of ScreenTalks and Creative Skillset symposiums and special presentations including a 2-day industry event in which topics such as The Future of Animation in the UK and The Art of Animated Film Titles will be explored. Technique Focus Workshops include an in-depth look at Live Action / Animation Hybrid films. There are also several programs and hands on workshops especially for children including the Make a Spooky Film Workshop in which BAFTA award-winning Kevin Griffiths will guide audiences through the various stages of ‘cut-out’ animation and the art of adding spooky soundtracks.

Another favorite program at the LIAF is Friday Night Bizarre. On November 2 at 9 PM, this ever popular, irresistible, train-wreck of a program commences – you wanna’ turn away but you know you can’t. Expect meat in all the wrong places, drunk babies, slimy politicians, Siamese twins, deranged zombies and Yoko Ono!

The festival will wrap up with The Best of the Next on Saturday night, leading into the Best of the Festival event on the following Sunday, showcasing a collection of the greatest films from LIAF chosen by judging panels and audience votes.

Full program schedules and additional information about the LIAF is available online at www.liaf.org.uk

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 Arrietty “UK 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.