Last week marked the 2016 British Animation Awards, and Cloth Cat’s Jon Rennie, Ben Cawthorne and Adam Bailey headed to BFI on Southbank to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this much-loved event. We were certainly in for a great night amongst some excellent company.
With such a worthy line-up of nominees, it was always going to be a tough competition, and we’d like to extend huge congratulations to all the BAA winners. No surprises that The Amazing World of Gumball scooped two awards; this show really sets the benchmark for comedy animated series. We’re very excited to welcome creator Ben Bocquelet to talk all things Gumball at the Cardiff International Film Festival next month.
Stickman also took home two awards, and our friends at Sixteen South won Best Preschool Series with the episode Goodbye Seabird from Lily’s Driftwood Bay.
We’d also like to highlight some of the other nominees who really caught our attention: Hiroshima: Bun’s Story, Amaro & Walden’s Joyride, Stems and Mr. Madila – the latter of which is also shortlisted for a CIFF Best Animation Award.
Our two BAA hosts, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey, enhanced the the evening with their comedy chops, treating us to impersonations and musical medleys (Jess’ Julie Andrews take on ‘All About that Bass’ was a favourite of ours!) As always, Duncan delivered a star performance – his range is one of the things that makes his voice-acting in Toot the Tiny Tugboat so great.
Fabulous to spend an evening appreciating the thriving and award-winning animation industry in the UK and catching up with old accomplices. Ewe better believe we’re looking forward to the next one!
17 March 2016