A family of superheroes, a reindeer and a pair of pigs picked up awards from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts on Sunday, Nov. 27. The annual Children’s Film and Television Awards ceremony saw kudos handed out to Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, Millimages U.K.’s The Little Reindeer, Mike Young Prods./Entara’s Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Astley/Baker/ Davies’ Peppa Pig and Warner Bros.’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Incredibles was named top feature film, besting a field of competitors that included DreamWorks Animation’s Shark Tale and the Warner Bros. hits The Polar Express and Charlie and the Chocolate Fatctory. However, director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale of Willy Wonka won the BAFTA Kids’ Vote. Other films up for that particular award were Batman Begins, The Fantastic Four, The Incredibles, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madagascar, The Polar Express, Robots, Shark Tale and Star Wars: Episode III’Revenge Of The Sith.
Millimages U.K.’s The Little Reindeer took the award for animation, winning out over A Grizzly New Year’s Tale: The Crystal Eye from Grizzly TV (CiTV); The Cramp Twins from Telemagination, TV Loonland and Cartoon Network U.K. (CBBC); and The Tale of Jack Frost from Jack Frost Productions and Zoo Films (CBBC).
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, which airs on CBBC in the U.K., nabbed the BAFTA award in the category of international children’s programming. The show beat out Atomic Betty from Breakthrough Animation (CiTV), Black Hole High from Fireworks (Jetix) and Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends from Absolute Pictures and Nelvana (Five). The win marks the first BAFTA for the show and second for U.S.-based producers Mike Young Prods.
The Preschool Animation award was presented to the series Peppa Pig from Astley/Baker/Davies (Nickelodeon U.K.). Also up for the award were The Koala Brothers from Famous Flying Films and Spellbound Entertainment (CBBC), Meg & Mog from Absolutely Prods. (CiTV) and Pingu from HOT Animation for HIT Ent. (CBBC).
A special award was presented to The Junior Television Workshop during the 10th Annual event, held at the London Hilton. A full list of winners can be found at www.bafta.com.