BAFTA Fetes Brush, Picks Potter Over Nemo, Shrek

A series of toon-shaded 3D shorts titled Brush Head took top honors as winners of The British Academy Children’s Film & Television Awards were announced on Sunday, Nov. 28. The latest film in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter franchise also pulled a stunning win out of its hat, trumping heavyweight contenders Finding Nemo from Disney and Pixar, Shrek 2 from DreamWorks and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King from New Line Cinema.

The Brush Head shorts chronicle the daily exploits of a hapless, jabbering little guy with a big, round head topped with bristly hair. Produced by Jonathan Boseley, Andy Williams and Dan Berlinka of Dandy Productions, in association with Toon Disney, the series airs on Disney Channel U.K. For the title of Best Animation, it beat out fellow nominees The Blue Dragon from Glasshead Ltd. (C4), Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids from Honeycomb Animation/Elephant Prods/Carlton (CiTV) and Metalheads from TV Loonland (BBC).

While Shrek 2 lost in the Feature Film category, it did take the LEGO/BAFTA kids vote. Young viewers went online to cast their votes for the hugely successful animated sequel. Nine other films were nominated, including Sony’s Spider-Man 2, New Line’s Elf, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of he Black Pearl and Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Winner of the Preschool Animation award is Collingwood O’Hare Ent.’s Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! Produced by Christopher O’Hare, Tony Collingwood and Andrea Tran, the CiTV series bested The Koala Brothers from Spellbound Ent/Famous Flying Films (CBBC), Peppa Pig from Astley Baker Davies/Contender Ent. (Five) and Sam Tan (Fireman Sam) from Siriol Prods. (S4C).

The British Academy Children’s Film & Television Awards were created in 1996 to raise the profile of the children’s industry. The Awards, sponsored by LEGO, recognize excellence in children’s feature film and various genres of children’s television, including animation, drama, entertainment, factual, pre-school, schools drama, schools factual and international. A full list of 2004 winners can be found at www.bafta.org/childrens/announce.htm.