The Nickelodeon original series Catscratch picked up the award for Best Foreign Animation Series at the 2nd annual China Int’l Cartoon & Animation Festival, held April 28 through May 3 in Hangzhou, China. The series was chosen for the award by a panel of nine judges from the China Film Association, International Animated Film Association, China Animation Academy, Korea Animation Association and design industry.
Created by Doug TenNapel, Catscratch follows the comic misadventure of Mr. Blik, Gordon and Waffle, irresponsible cats who inherited millions of dollars and a big house from their elderly owner. The cartoon debuted on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in 2005 and can also be seen on Nickelodeon channels throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. Nickelodeon says it’s looking into the possibility of getting the show on the air in China, where the government has limited imports in favor of supporting domestic production.
‘Asian animation has set the industry standard for cutting-edge and innovative content, and having Catscratch platformed amongst these top programs is such an honor,” comments Catherine Nebauer, senior VP and general manager of Nickelodeon Networks Asia.
The China Int’l Cartoon & Animation Festival was launched last year by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) in order to promote the development of China’s and animation industry. The 2006 festival featured exhibitions celebrating the 80th anniversary Chinese animation with original artwork from renowned toon studios. Also on display was original artwork of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Spongebob was not entered in the animated series competition because it did not meet the requirement of being produced after 2005.