Lazlo Emerges as Champ on the Bay

Cartoon Network’s frosh series Camp Lazlo emerged as the top winner at the Cartoons on the Bay event in Positano, Italy, this past weekend. Created by Joe Murray, the show received three Pulcinella Awards (Best TV Series, Best Series for Children and Best Character for Lazlo).

‘This is quite a surprise,’ remarked Camp Lazlo creator Joe Murray during one of several trips to the stage to accept the coveted Pulcinella Award. ‘I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my talented crew at home toiling away while I’m here enjoying all this Italian hospitality.’

Also impressing the 10th Pulcinella Awards jurors was Spanish house Zinkia’s brightly colored preschool show Pocoyo, which received the awards for Best Preschool Show and Best European Program.

‘We’re looking to this to launch the next phase of our world domination plan,’ Pesky Animation producer David Hodgson joked with us shortly after accepting the award for Best TV Series for All Ages with The Amazing Adrenelini Brothers, a co-production of Studio B in Canada. Hodgson is half of the husband-and-wife team behind Pesky. His better half, Claire Underwood, directs the wacky Flash show about a trio of daredevils who travel the globe and wreak havoc. ‘This is significant for us because it’s out first jury award and we’re hoping it will help bring broadcasters to the show in the first place so we can get it in front of the kids.’ Adrenelini Brothers was first shown at Cartoon Forum in 2003, where it got the attention of Cartoon Network, which aired a series of Adrenelini shorts.

Producer Phil Davies of Astley Baker Davies is also hoping their win for Best TV Series Pilot will draw broadcasters’ attention to Little Kingdom, a 2D show about tiny fairies and elves who live in a magical, miniscule land. He tells us the company is in talks with one of the major U.K. broadcasters and says a win like this may help push the deal through. At the very least, he’s hoping it will generate some interest from those who previously hadn’t heard of the project. Just getting selected for competition got it in front of a jury of distinguished animation professionals that included Lisa Salamone Smith, Walt Disney Television Animation’s senior VP of production; Daniel Lennard, senior director of original animation for Turner Broadcasting System Europe, U.K.; Kim Wilson, creative head of children’s programming for CBC Television, Canada; and Sabine Weber, head of TV movies and series for ORF, Austria.

This year’s competition jurors were Kim Wilson (creative Head of children’s programming, CBC Television, Canada) who was also president of the jury, Italian author Giuseppe Lagan, Lisa Salamone Smith (senior VP of production Walt Disney Television Animation, USA), Daniel Lennard (senior director of original animation, Turner Broadcasting System Europe, United Kingdom) and Sabine Weber (TV movies and series, ORF, Austria). The judges viewed 40 programs in competition for the Pulcinella Awards.

Cartoons on the Bay is held each year in Positano, featuring four days of screenings and special presentations. This year, Roy E. Disney and Italy’s Bruno Bozzetto were presented with the Career Award. In addition and DIC Ent. in the U.S. and Enarmonia in Italy were each named Studio of the Year. For more info about the event, visit www.cartoonsbay.com

Here’s a complete list of the winners:

Pocoyo

Best TV Series for Pre-school

Technique: Computer 3D

Direction: David Cantolla, Guillermo Garcia

Animation: Zinkia Entertainment

Production and Distribution: Zinkia Entertainment

Camp Lazlo

Best TV Series for Children

Technique: Drawing Computer 2D, Flash

Story by: Steve Little, Martin Olsen, Merewether Williams

Direction: Brian Sheesley

Animation Directors: Swinton Scott, Lindsey Pollard

Production: Cartoon Network Studios

Distribution: Warner Bros. International Television

The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers

Best TV Series for All Ages

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Direction: Claire Underwood, Dan Chambers, Jeff Barker

Animation: Studio B Productions, Canada

Production: Pesky

Distribution: Bejuba! Entertainment

Skyland

Best TV Series, Action/Adventure

Technique: Drawing, Computer 3D, Motion Capture

Author: Emmanuel Gorin

Direction: Emmanuel Gorin

Production: Method Films

Distribution: Millimages UK

Day Dream

Best Educational and Social Program

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Direction: Yoo Jinee

Animation: Odoltagi Hong, Jae-Young, Park Hyun-Mi

Production: National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Distribution: Indiestory

Little Kingdom

Best TV Series Pilot

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Author: Mark Baker, Neville Astley

Direction: Mark Baker, Neville Astley

Animation: Joris Van Hulzen, Neville Astley

Production: Astley Baker Davies

A Very Barry Christmas

Best TV Special

Technique: Stop Motion

Author: Brendan Russell

Direction: Andrew Horne

Production: Cuppa Coffee

Distribution: Awol

The Tell-Tale Heart

Best Short Film

Technique: Drawing, Computer 2D, Flash

Direction: Annette Jung, Gregor Dashuber

Animation: Annette Jung, Gregor Dashuber

Production and Distribution: HFF ‘ Potsdam Babelsberg (Germany)

Camp Lazlo

Best Character of the Year

Technique: Drawing Computer 2D, Flash

Story by: Steve Little, Martin Olsen, Merewether Williams

Direction: Brian Sheesley

Production: Cartoon Network Studios

Distribution: Warner Bros. International Television

Camp Lazlo

Best TV Series

Technique: Drawing Computer 2D, Flash

Story by: Steve Little, Martin Olsen, Merewether Williams

Direction: Brian Sheesley

Animation Directors: Swinton Scott, Lindsey Pollard

Production: Cartoon Network Studios

Distribution: Warner Bros. International Television Italia

Pocoyo

Best European Program

Technique: Computer 3D

Author: Zinkia Entertainment

Direction: David Cantolla, Guillermo Garcia

Animation: Zinkia Entertainment (Spain)

Production and Distribution: Zinkia Entertainment

Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2

Special Mention (Cinematic Action Sequences)

Technique: Drawing

Author: Genndy Tartakovsky

Direction: Genndy Tartakovsky

Production: Cartoon Network Studios

Aladdin’s Adventures

Special Mention (Artistic Achievement)

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Author: Cristina L’strego, Francesco Testa

Direction: Francesco Testa

Animation: Jaja Pollone, Simona Khanide, Shahin Khanide

Production: L’strego e Testa (Italy)

Distribution: Rai Trade

One D

Special Mention

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Written and directed by: Mike Grimshaw

Animation: Pushai Ling, Mike Grimshaw (U.K.)

Rabbit

Special Mention

Technique: Computer 2D, Flash

Director: Run Wrake

Animation: Run Wrake, Martin Morris, Barnaby Hewlett

Production and Distribution: Run Wrake (U.K.)