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Aardman Locks Three Finalists in British Animation Awards

The finalists for the jury judged categories for the British Animation Awards (BAAs) were announced on Feb. 6, 2006. The awards, to be held on Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the Shaw Theatre, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the only ceremony in Britain to recognize all forms of animation.

Aardman Animation is in the running for a total of three awards. In addition to Best Feature for WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, their ANGRY KID will compete in the Best TV Special Category and CREATURE COMFORTS is pitched for Best Comedy.

Overall, animation house Passion Pictures has gained four nominations two for Best Commercial: Craft, and for Film at the Cutting Edge and Best Music Video. The BBC and ITV are level pegging with five nominations apiece. Channel Four has four, Nickelodeon three and Five two nominations. Hit Entertainment, Tiger Aspect and HatTrick/Decode are amongst the big name independent television production companies making the grade this year.

The team of Smith & Foulkes swept up all three finalist spots in the Best Commercial: Direction category for their work on Honda: GRRR, NSPCC: SPEECH BUBBLE and VW Touareg: RACING LINE.

The public also gets to voice its opinion in the Public Choice Awards. Special screenings of mixed programs for the Public Choice: Best Music Video, Commercial and Short Film can be seen in independent cinemas across the country until the end of the month.

The Awards themselves are unique artworks created specially for the occasion by a range of leading international and U.K. animation artists. The artworks have to feature one or more sheep, with the option for a visual reference to the U.K. and/or animation. Animation luminaries such as Nick Park, Tim Burton, Gabor Csupo, Chuck Jones and Peter Lord have all previously created BAAs. There will be an exhibition of this years BAAs at the Animation Art Gallery on Great Castle Street in London W1 from Feb. 23 for two weeks.

The finalists include:

Best Animated Feature Film WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBITDirectors: Nick Park & Steve BoxAardman Features and Dreamworks Animation

CORPSE BRIDEDirectors: Mike Johnson and Tim BurtonWarner Bros.

BELLEVILLE RENDEZ VOUSDirector: Sylvain Chomet

Best Children's Series KING ARTHURS DISASTERS: Circus CalamityDirector: Edward BignellProducer: Julian Scott Produced by Zenith Ent. Ltd. for ITV

PINGUS SLEDGE ACADEMYDirector: Steve CoxProducer: Bella TomlinsonProduced by Hot Animation Ltd. for Hit Ent. Ltd. for BBC

THOSE SCURVY RASCALS: Pants OdysseyDirector: Oliver HyattProducer: Adam ShawProduced by Blue Zoo Prods. for Nickelodeon

Best TV SpecialLITTLE REINDEERDirector: Dave Unwin Producer: Jonathan PeelA Millimages UK Ltd. Production for ITV

THE KOALA BROTHERS: Outback Christmas SpecialDirector: Tobias Fouracre Producer: Peter CurtisA Famous Flying Films/Spellbound Ent. production for CBBC Animation

ANGRY KID: Who do you think you are?Director: Darren WalshProducer: Jacky PriddleAn Aardman Production for BBC3

Best Children's Pre-School Series CHARLIE AND LOLA: I Want To Play Music TooDirector: Kitty Taylor Producer: Claudia LloydA Tiger Aspect Production for BBC1

MEG AND MOG: Megs Fancy DressDirector: Roger Mainwood Producer: Carl GorhamProduced by Absolutely Prods. for CITV

PEPPA PIG: Mummy Pig at WorkDirector: Mark Baker & Neville AstleyProducer: Phil Davies An Astley Baker Davies/Contender Ent. Group Production association with Five and Nick Junior

Best ComedyBROMWELL HIGH: Baby BoomDirector: Pete BishopProducer: Anil Gutpa A Hat Trick/Decode Co production for Channel 4

CREATURE COMFORTS: Monarchy BusinessDirector: Richard GoleszowskiProducer: Gareth Owen & Julie LockheartAn Aardman Animations production for ITV

THE CHRISTIES: Natural DisasterDirector: Phil Mulloy A Spectre Films Ltd. Production

Writers AwardGUY 101Write Ian GouldstoneRoyal College of Art

KOALA BROTHERS Outback Christmas SpecialWriter Dave InghamA Famous Films/Spellbound Ent. Ltd. Production for CBBC Animation

PEPPA PIG: Mummy at WorkWriter: Neville Astley & Mark BakerAn Astley Baker Davies/Contender Ent. Group Production in association with Five and Nick Junior

Best Music Video Beck: E-PRODirectors: ShynolaProducer: Eric Escott A Directors Bureau production for Interscope

Mum: WILL THE SUMMER MAKE GOOD FOR ALL OUR SINSDirector: Marc CrasteProducer: Sue GoffeA Studio AKA production for Thule/TMT

Subtle: SWAN MEATDirectors: SSSR (Yu Sato, Marc Reisberg, Kristian Hammerstad)Producer: SSSRA Passion Pictures production for Lex Records

Best Film/TV Graphics IM A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HEREDirector: Grant OrchardProducer: Nikki Kefford A Studio A.K.A Production for ITV

MOTOROLA CLASSICSDirector: Smith & FoulkesProducer: Chris OReillyA Nexus Production for The Fish Can Sing

NANNY MCPHEE Director: Paul DonnellonProducer: David Z. ObadiahA VooDooDog Ltd. Production for Working Title Films & Universal

Best Film At The Cutting Edge CITY PARADISEDirector: Gaelle Denis Producer: Erika ForzyA Passion Pictures Production

GUY 101Director: Ian GouldstoneProducer: Ian GouldstoneProduced at the Royal College of Art

RABBITDirector: Run Wrake Producer: Run WrakeA Sclah Films Production for animate! funded by Arts Council England & Channel 4

Best Short FilmRABBITDirector: Run Wrake Producer: Run WrakeA Sclah Films Production for animate! funded by Arts Council England & Channel 4

FILM NOIRDirector: Osbert ParkerProducer: Osbert ParkerAn Osbert Parker production

CAREFULDirector: Damian GascoigneProducer: Jo GallagherA Picasso Pictures production for animate! funded by Arts Council England & Channel 4

Best Commercial: DirectionHonda: GRRRDirector: Smith & FoulkesA Nexus Production for Wieden & Kennedy London

NSPCC: SPEECH BUBBLEDirector: Smith & FoulkesA Nexus Production for Saatchi & Saatchi

VW Touareg: RACING LINEDirector: Smith & FoulkesA Nexus Production for CreativeOndemanD

Best Commercial: CraftDomestos: MULTIPLICATIONDirector: Russell BrookeProducer: Cara SpellerA Passion Pictures Production for Lowe Worldwide

Sony PSP: A DAY IN THE LIFEDirector: Alex RutterfordProducer: Diane Croll, Kate TaylorAn RSA Films Production for TBWA

Vodafone: MAYFLYAnimation Director: Darren WalshProducer: Belinda BlacklockA Passion Pictures Production for BBH

Best Student FilmASTRONAUTS Director Matthew WalkerProduced at the University Wales, Newport

KAMIYAS CORRESPONDENCEDirector Sumito SakakibaraProduced at Royal College of Art

PLAYDirector Matthew AbissProduced at Royal College of Art

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