The 2014 British Animation Awards (BAAs) finalists have been announced and studios up for multiple awards this year include Aardman Animations, Astley Baker Davis and Beakus.
Rewarding new and established animators, the awards are held every two years and recognize all types of animation across a number of categories including children’s series, preschool series, short films, animated graphics for film and television, music videos and commercials.
This year, Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep is up for best children’s series with competition from Cartoon Network Studio Europe’s Amazing World of Gumball and CiTV’s Compost Corner. Aardman is also nominated in the long-form category for Pirates: In An Adventure with Scientists and in the best motion graphics category for Darkside.
Astley Baker Davis’ two noms are for its hit program Peppa Pig (best preschool series) and for the voice work of Morwenna Banks in Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.
Other notable nominations include Beakus, which is up for three awards including best mixed media children’s series for its CBeebies show Num Tums, Snapper Productions for its preschool series nomination for its first TV series production Q Pootle 5, and Karrot Animation for Sarah & Duck, also up for best preschool series.
The winners of the 2014 BAAs will be announced on March 7, 2014 at a special ceremony held at the BFI on London’s Southbank.
Here is the full list of finalists in the children’s categories:
Best Preschool Series
Peppa Pig: Mr. Bull in a China Shop
Philip Hall & Joris van Hulzen
Produced by Astley Baker Davies for Nick Jr. and eOne Entertainment
Q Pootle 5: The Groobie Woogie
Produced by Snapper Productions and Q Pootle Ltd for CBeebies
Sarah & Duck: Bobsleigh
Produced by Karrot Animation for CBeebies
Best Children’s Series
Shaun the Sheep: The Stand Off
Produced by Aardman Animations for CBBC
Produced by CITV
Amazing World of Gumball: The Apology
Ben Boquelet & Mic Graves
Produced by Cartoon Network Studio Europe and SOI Studio
Best Mixed Media Children’s
Baby Jake: Popping Peas
Maddy Darrall and Rafa Canales
Produced by Darrall Macqueen for CBeebies
Num Tums: No 5
Produced by Beakus for CBeebies
Get Squiggling Letters: Letter A
Dan Edgley and Adrian Hedley
Produced by Dot to Dot Productions for CBeebies
Best Voice Performance
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom: Nanny’s Magic Test
Produced by Astley Baker Davies
The Hungry Corpse
Produced by Beakus
Produced by CITV
Best Long Form
Room on the Broom
Max Lang and Jan Lauchauer
Produced by Magic Light Pictures
Pirates: In An Adventure with Scientists
Produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation
The Snowman & The Snowdog
Produced by Lupus Films