British Animators Feel the Love for Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

The British Animation Awards were handed out late last week. And as many artists have proven though the centuries, creativity trumped politics. Although Americans have never been less popular in Europe. the BAA honored Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride as Best European animated feature. The ceremony was hosted by comedian Jeremy Hardy at the Shaw Theatre in London last Thursday night. Among other award winners: Aardman’s BBC-3 special Angry Kid: Who Do You Think You Are walked off with the Best TV Special award and Hat Trick and Decode’s Bromwell High: Baby Boom won the Best Comedy award.

Having a very productive and rewarding evening, Passion Pictures took four awards home. The public have clearly taken a shine to the company, giving them two Public Choice awards, co-winning Favorite Film with Gaelle Dennis’ City Paradise and Favourite Music Video for Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc. Passion also won Best Commercial: Craft for Mayfly for Vodafone, and Best Music Video, with SSR’s Subtle: Swan Meat.

Commercial directors Smith & Foulkes from Nexus studios scored a hat trick winning for Best Commercial: Direction (Honda ‘Grrr’); Best Film/TV Graphics (Motorola Classics); and the Public Choice Award for Favorite Ad (Observer Monthly Music Magazine: From ABBA to Zappa).

London-based animator Run Wrake won two awards for Rabbit: the Best Film at the Cutting Edge and Best Short Film.

Meanwhile, newcomer Blue Zoo productions won two awards, the series Those Scurvy Rascals: Pants Odyssey won Best Children’s Series and the Children’s Choice award. Peppa Pig: Mummy Pig at Work won Best Children’s Pre-School Series and Koala Brothers ‘ Outback Christmas Special won the Writers’ award.

‘This was a sparkling year for animation with some fierce competition,’ says BAA director Jayne Pilling.

In place of a statuette, all the winners of this year’s BAAs took home a unique artwork created specially for the occasion by a range of leading international and UK animation artists.

The British Animation Awards is the only ceremony in Britain to recognize all forms of animation. This is the tenth anniversary of the awards which reward the work of students and established animators, feature and short films, animated graphics for film and television, children’s and adult television series and specials, music videos and commercials. A DVD the Best of the British Animation Awards Vol. VI will be on sale through the BAA website in early April.