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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