Children’s BAFTA Noms Announced

Nominees have been announced for the 11th Annual British Academy Children’s Film and Television Awards. Presented in association with Electronic Arts, the kudo fest will be held on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the London Hilton. Winners will be announced online at www.bafta.org after the ceremony.

In the Animation category, the nominees are Charlie and Lola Christmas Special from Tiger Aspect Prods. (CBeebies/CBBC), Oban Star Racers from Sav! The World Prods. (Jetix), The Secret Show from Collingwood O’Hare Ent. (CBeebies/CBBC) and Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animations (CBeebies/CBBC).

Charlie and Lola is well represented among the nominees. In addition to earning nominations for writers Bridget Hurst and Anna Starkey, the show is competing for recognition in the preschool animation arena. The other nominees in the category are Little Princess from Illuminated Films (Five), Peppa Pig from Contender/Rubber Duck (Five/Nick Jr U.K.) and Pocoyo from Granada Kids/Zinkia Ent. (CiTV).

On the International front, top contenders include the animated series Spongebob Squarepants from United Plankton Pictures Inc. for Nickelodeon (Nickelodeon U.K.) and Yin Yang Yo! From Walt Disney Television Animation (Jetix). Rounding out the category are Lazy Town Prods.’ Lazytown (Nick Jr U.K.) and Essential Viewing Group’s Lockie Leonard (Jetix).

Up for the distinction of Feature Film of the year is director George Miller’s Oscar-winning Happy Feet from Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as Aardman/DreamWorks’ Flushed Away, Walden Media/Icon Film Distribution’s Bridge to Terabithia and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Happy Feet and Harry Potter are also among the feature films competing for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote. Fellow nominees are 20th Century Fox’s The Simpsons Movie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Night at the Museum. DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third, DreamWorks/Paramount’s Transformers, Sony/Columbia’s Spider Man 3, Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, and Universal Pictures’ Mr. Bean’s Holiday.

Sony Picutres’ animated Monster House didn’t make either list, but director Gil Kenan is up for the Break-Through Talent award. Also nominated are See Something, Say Something producer Jane Laffey, My Life As a Popat director Charlie Martin and That Summer Day producer Hannah Pescod.

Aardman, The Foundation, Tiger Aspect Prods. and Twenty Twenty Television will be competing for the distinction of Independent Production Company of the Year, while CBEEBIES, Nickelodeon U.K. Nick Jr U.K. and Scamp duke it out for Channel of the Year at the event. A full list of nominations and other information regarding the 11th Annual British Academy Children’s Film and Television Awards are available at www.bafta.org.