Name that toon: UK poll on for favorite character

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Wallace and Gromit

Wal­lace and Gromit

Who’s Britain’s great­est ani­mated character?

Are there two faves: Wal­lace and Gromit? Maybe TV’s Mr Benn, Bag­puss, Peppa Pig or Alek­sandr Orlov the meerkat (from Britain’s Com­pare The Mar­ket online site)?

All are on a short­list for an online vote being con­ducted by the British Ani­ma­tion Awards. The win­ner will be announced at BAA’s annual cer­e­mony March 15.

Over the next three weeks, the pub­lic can have a chance to choose their favorite. Lead­ing fig­ures in the world of ani­ma­tion drew up the short­list of names from TV, ads and online.

Other con­tenders include Wal­lace and Gromit, TV’s Dan­ger Mouse and the Cresta bear, the 1970s TV com­mer­cial star known for the catch­phrase “It’s frothy, man.”

Also on the short­list are Roo­barb and Cus­tard, Pen­fold (Dan­ger Mouse), Timmy (from Timmy Time), The Snow­man, Padding­ton, Count Duck­ula, Morph, Super Ted, Post­man Pat, Tiny Clanger (The Clangers), Soup Dragon (also of The Clangers), Nog­gin the Nog, Uncle Nog­bad (also of Nog­gin The Nog), Lola (Char­lie And Lola) and Simon’s Cat.

The poll was cre­ated as part of a cam­paign by Ani­ma­tion UK to increase aware­ness of the industry’s eco­nomic ben­e­fits and the need for tax breaks com­par­ing with those gained by for­eign competitors.

The UK is famed for its ani­ma­tion the world over,” said BAA direc­tor Jayne Pilling. “This vote cel­e­brates the illus­tri­ous her­itage of cher­ished char­ac­ters that have been cre­ated in the UK over the last few decades and high­lights the wealth of cre­ative tal­ent that could dis­ap­pear if the indus­try con­tin­ues to decline.”

Votes can be cast until March 9 through the British Ani­ma­tion Awards’ Face­book page.

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