Static Shock, Liberty’s Kids Land on Humanitas List

If you’re tired of seeing the same animated shows nominated in awards’ races, check out this year’s list of Humanitas nominees in the children’s animation category. Kids’ WB!’s Static Shock, (Episode title: “Jimmy,” teleplay by Dwayne McDuffie, story by Alan Burnett and Dwayne McDuffie) and two episodes of the DIC PBS toon Liberty’s Kids (“Common Sense” and “Liberty or Death,” written by Marc and Elaine Zicree) are up for the $10,000 prize in the race.

According to Humanitas president Frank Desiderio, these particular nominees were selected because the organization honors stories that give insight into what it means to be human and gives viewers a vision of a more humane world. The finalists, selected from a pool of 353 total entries, will be competing for $105,000 in prize money.

Feature film finalists are Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher), Peter Hedges and Chris and Paul Weitz (About a Boy) and Ronald Harwood (The Pianist).

The Humanitas Awards will be held July 10 at the Hilton Universal Hotel. In recent years, animated projects such as Balto II, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Sissy Duckling and Rugrats have all been the recipients of the prestigious award.