Gumball Up For Two British Academy Kids’ Awards

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The TV series “The Amazing World of Gumball” has received two nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards, organizers announced Monday.

Produced by Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media and Studio Soi, the Cartoon Network UK show was nominated for Writer and Animation — the same two categories in which it won last year. In addition, the series is shortlisted for the Kids’ Vote in the Television category.

Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Joanna Beresford form the producing team behind The Amazing World of Gumball. Bocquelet, James Lamont and Jon Foster are the nominated writers.

Vying with Gumball in the Animation category are The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers (Pesky Productions/POP), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi/BBC One) and The Mechanical Musical Marvel (Chris Randall and Julie Boden; Second Home Studios/THSH Birmingham).

In the Pre-School Animation category, the nominees are Peppa Pig (Philip Hall, Joris van Hulzen and Phil Davies; Astley Baker Davies/Five), Rastamouse (Greg Boardman, Eugenio Perez and Derek Mogford; The Rastamouse Company/CBeebies), Timmy Time (Jackie Cockle, Liz Whitaker and David Scanlon; Aardman Animations/CBeebies) and Tree Fu Tom (CBeebies/Fremantle Media/Blue Zoo/CBeebies).

Feature Film nominees include Arthur Christmas (Peter Lord, Sarah Smith and Peter Baynham; Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman/Sony Pictures Releasing) and Disney’s partly animated The Muppets (Walt Disney Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK). Arthur Christmas also appears in the BAFTA Kids’ Vote shortlist.

Three of the four hopefuls in the International category are animated series: Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness (DreamWorks Animation/Nickelodeon UK), Phineas and Ferb (Walt Disney Television Animation/Disney XD UK) and SpongeBob SquarePants (MTV Networks International/United Plankton Pictures/Nickelodeon UK).

Animated programs up for the Short Form awards are Compost Corner (Westley Wood, Tim Dann and Tim Collings; CiTV/CiTV), Ooglies (BBC Scotland/CBBC) and Share A Story 2011 (Dave Hickman, Carl Hadley and David Heslop; CiTV Creative/CiTV).

Besides Arthur Christmas, feature films shortlisted for the Kids’ Vote include Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and the partly animated The Smurfs.

Joining The Amazing World of Gumball in the shortlist for the Kids’ Vote in the Television category are the animated series Almost Naked Animals and Phineas and Ferb.

The British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony will take place November 25 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Children’s BAFTA winner and Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood will return to host the awards, which celebrate the very best in children’s media, including television, film, video games and online.

The awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

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