Turner’s Cartoon Network series The Amazing World of Gumball led the way at last night’s biennial British Animation Awards, notching wins in the Best Children’s Series, Voice Performance and Children’s Choice categories.
Held again at the British Film Institute in London, the awards recognize the best work of established and emerging British animators in a range of areas including children’s series, short films, preschool series, voice performance, children’s choice, student achievement and writing.
In securing Best Children’s Series and the Children’s Choice Award—which is determined by a panel of young judges—The Amazing World of Gumball repeated its 2016 wins in the categories. This year it added a Best Voice Performance award won by Teresa Gallagher for her work as Nicole in flashback episode “The Amazing World of Gumball: The Choices”(pictured).
Meanwhile, Magic Light Pictures’ 2018 Oscar-nominated film Revolting Rhymes won for Best Long Form Animation. The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s popular book of the same name beat stiff competition in Lupus Films’ We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Ethel & Ernest.
In the Preschool category, Studio A.K.A.’s Hey Duggee: The Tadpole Badge for CBeebies was victorious over DHX Media’s Twirlywoos: More About Collecting (CBeebies) and Karrot Entertainment’s Sarah and Duck: Constable Quack (CBeebies and BBC Worldwide).
Other top honors went to Ciaran Murtagh and Andrew Barnett Jones, who both won the Writer’s Award for Counterfeit Cat: Sardonians of the Galaxy, while A Productions nabbed the BAA in the Best Short Form Original Content category for its Sesame Studios production, The Totems: Family Song.
As for this year’s student categories, the National Film & Television School-produced A Love Story directed by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara won the Student Achievement BAA. The second student award—Best Student Film—went to Diyala Muir for her Royal College of Art project, The Day After the Party.