Avatar, Foster’s & Peppa Win at Cartoons on the Bay

Cartoons on the Bay handed out its Pulcinella Awards on April 30, 2005, with AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS and PEPPA PIG all taking home two awards each. The event wrapped on Sunday with the awards shows having to turn away people because it was over capacity.

Nicks AVATAR won the top Pulcinella for Best TV series as well as Best TV series of action and adventure. Cartoon Networks FOSTERS took the prizes for Best TV series for all audiences and star Bloo won Best Character of the Year. Astley Baker Davies PEPPA was awarded Best TV series for Pre-school: and Best European Program.

The complete list of winner are:

Pulcinella Award for the Best TV Series for Pre-school PEPPA PIGFor the story and well-designed simple graphics, which not only depict the main character with humor and warmth, but also show a positive portrayal of a typical contemporary family.Tv Series, 5, U.K., 2004Technique: Computer D, Cel Action 2DAuthor: Mark Baker, Neville Astley Animation: Joris Van HulzenDirection: Mark Baker, Neville AstleyProduction: Astley Baker DaviesDistribution: Contender Entertainment Group

Pulcinella Award for the Best TV Series for Children THE CRAMP TWINS SERIES 2For its unusual, unconventional character design and interesting series concept, which is a funny depiction of real life.TV Series, 30, U.K., 2004Technique: Computer 2DAuthor: Based on the book by Brian WoodAnimation: RG Prince Films Inc.Direction: Frank GreshamCo-Production: Telemagination/Cartoon Network StudiosDistribution: TV Loonland

Pulcinella Award for the Best TV Series for All AudiencesFOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDSFor the imaginative setting and world filled with unusual and humorous characters and the well-told entertaining story.TV Series, 22, USA, 2004Technique: Computer 2DAuthor: Craig McCrackenAnimation: Sandra BenenatiDirection: Craig McCrackenProduction: Cartoon Network StudiosDistribution: Warner Bros TV Italia

Pulcinella Award for the Best TV Series of Action and Adventures AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDERFor creating a well-constructed, epic magical world, using a fantastic, beautiful graphic style and showing complex, nonstereotypical characters.TV Series, 22, USA, 2004Technique: DrawingAuthor: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante Di MartinoAnimation: JM Animation Co.Direction: David FiloniProduction: NickelodeonDistribution: Nickelodeon

Pulcinella Award ,for the Best Educational and Social ProgramNO LIMITSFor delivering a very strong message with a twist at the end, in a short, concise amount of time using an interesting technique. A very strong message in a very short time!Short Film, 1, Germany, 2004Technique: Computer 3DAuthor, Animation and Direction : Heidi Wittlinger, Max Stolzenberg, Anja PerlProduction: Filmakademie Baden Württemberg

Pulcinella Award for the Best Pilot of TV SeriesLILIS ISLANDFor the inspired unique style and the promise of unusual adventures, where the children protagonists will encounter a number of highly imaginative characters and situations.Pilot, 13, France, 2004Tecnica: Disegno, Computer 2DAuthor: Isabelle Lenoble, Emmanuelle Fleury, Fabien Limousin, Franck EkinciDirection and Animation: Fabien LimousinProduction : Je suis bien content Distribution: Je suis bien content

Pulcinella Award for the Best TV SpecialTHE DREAM BIRDFor its compelling, engaging story with fantastical elements that represent a contemporary issue facing many children _ the bridging of the multi-generational cultural gap. Also for incorporating colorful, traditional African designs.Special TV, 26, France, 2004Technique: Computer DAuthor: Alexios TjoyasAnimation: Studio SekDirection: Henri HeidsieckProduction: La FabriqueDistribution: Teleimages International

Pulcinella Award for the Best Short Film CÚILÍN DUALACHAn original sweet and sad story told with an interesting, mixed-media style, which highlights a disabled boys plight and his mother_s unwavering faith and love.Short Film, 12, Ireland, 2004Technique: CortometraggioAuthor: Jackie Mac DonnachaDirection: Nora TwomeyProduction: Cartoon SaloonDistribution: Network Television Ireland

Pulcinella Award for the Best Character of the Year BLOO (FOSTER_S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS)Pure animation. He succeeds as the ultimate in simplicity. A simple and yet expressive character, who may be small, but is big on personality.TV Series, 22, USA, 2004Technique: Computer 2DAuthor: Craig McCrackenAnimation: Sandra BenenatiDirection: Craig McCrackenProduction: Cartoon Network StudiosDistribution: Warner Bros TV Italia

Pulcinella Award For the Best TV SeriesAVATAR, THE LAST AIRBENDERFor its overall quality and integrity, and the potential that the series promises for numerous and exciting episodes.Technique: DrawingAuthor: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante Di MartinoAnimation: JM Animation Co.Direction: David FiloniProduction: NickelodeonDistribution: Nickelodeon

Pulcinella Award for the Best European Program PEPPA PIGFor being light but not superficial! _Peppa Pig_ is a European program, which is so well crafted and the charming main character so universally appealing, that it crosses all borders.Technique: Computer D, Cel Action 2DAuthor: Mark Baker, Neville Astley Animation: Joris Van HulzenDirection: Mark Baker, Neville AstleyProduction: Astley Baker DaviesDistribution: Contender Entertainment Group

Special MentionsDIBO THE GIFT DINOSAURFor using CG in an innovative way to give knitted handicraft characters a unique texturized look and CG a new warmth. Plus, the jury found this show_s color palette stunning.TV Series, 11, South Korea, 2005Technique: Computer 3DAuthor: Aidan Hockey, Hye-jung JangAnimation: James JooDirection: Jee-hee WooProduction: Ocon IncDistribution: Ocon Inc

A LOVELY DAYFor its beautiful, sensitive script, which shows the optimism, humor and love in a familys every day chaos.Short Film, 5, Germany, 2004Technique: Disegno, Computer 3DAuthor: Jacky Gleich, Bruno BlumeAnimation and Production: Motion WorksDirection: Olaf UlbrichtDistribution: Bavaria Media Television

P.O.P. PACE OF PEACEFor being such an ambitious undertaking bringing together both Palestinian and Israeli youth and multiple Italian studios for a meaningful and worthy cause peace in the Middle East. Also there should be a special nod toward Luca Raffaelli and I Castelli Animati for expanding the boundaries of a festival_s reach beyond our animation community.Short Film, 8_, Italy, 2004Technique: Mixed TechniquesAuthor: Gli Studenti della Scuola Secondaria Alsadiya, Qalqilia, Gli Studenti del Liceo Aviv, Raanana (Israele)Animation: The Animation Band, A&M, de Mas & Partners, Studio Fusako Yusaki, Graphilm, Green Movie Animation, Studio Matita Animata, Mnogo Film, Proxima, Rainbow, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, StranemaniArtistic Direction and Script: Luca Raffaelli, Attilio ValentiProduction: Ufficio per la Pace a Gerusalemme del Comune di Roma, Castelli Animati, Municipalità di Qalqilia e di Raanana

The International Jury of the 9th Pulcinella Awards International TV Cartoons Competition was composed of Raoul Servais (director, Belgium) as president of the jury, Meredith Metz (svp, creative affairs, Walt Disney Television Animation, U.S.), Irene Wellershoff (head of childrens and youth fiction, ZDF, Germany), Heather Kenyon (senior director of development original animation, Cartoon Network, U.S.), Maria Mussi Bollini (childrens programs, Rai Tre, Italy).

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