In the television competition at Cartoons on the Bay, Warner Bros.' beleaguered series MISSION HILL took home the prize for best over-all animation series. The 4th Cartoons On The Bay International Festival of Television Animation was held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy from April 14 - 18. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the world dedicated to television animation. The festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation. At the event Pulcinella Awards were presented to highlight top achievements in TV animation. This year's jury was comprised of: John Coates (TV Cartoons, United Kingdom), President of the jury; Annika Cederborg (SVT, Sweden); Nelson Shin (Akom Prod., Korea); and Guido Silvestri Silver (cartoonist, Italy). After viewing all of the 60 programs in competition, the jury awards the prizes and gives their reasons for awarding particular projects. Below is a complete list of winners.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Character of the Year ROBBIE THE REINDEER IN HOOVES OF FIRE Prod: The Animation Unit BBC Bristol Director: Richard Goleszowski
Robbie has a loveable and caring personality that is a good example for children and grown-ups alike.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Programme of the Year ROBBIE THE REINDEER IN HOOVES OF FIRE Prod: The Animation Unit BBC Bristol Director: Richard Goleszowski
The jury members unanimously felt that ROBBIE THE REINDEER is a successful combination of script, voice, music and character design, making it a perfect programme for all.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Series for Infants (pre-school) 64 ZOO LANE Prod: Millimages in co-production with Zoo Lane Productions Creator: An Vrombout
The jury felt that 64 ZOO LANE presented a charming fantasy world for young children.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Series for Children (6-12) GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS Prod: Honeycomb Animation in co-production with Elephant Productions Directors: Jamie Rix, Simon and Sarah Bor
GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS offers children a whole lot of scary fun while carrying a strong moral underlying message.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Series for Young Adults and Adults MTV DOWNTOWN Prod: MTV Animation Creator: Chris Prynoski
The jury felt that we should combine the two categories Young Adults and Adults because the entries in these two categories belong together. We then chose MTV DOWNTOWN as the winner. It humorously depicts a slice of teen-age culture that we seldom see in animation on television.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Series for All Audiences MISSION HILL Prod: Castle Rock Entertainment Creator: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
MISSION HILL won this award because of its stylized design and honest approach to sexual and moral issues.
Pulcinella Award For the Best TV Movie ROBBIE THE REINDEER IN HOOVES OF FIRE Prod: The Animation Unit BBC Bristol Director: Richard Goleszowski
ROBBIE THE REINDEER is the ideal TV Special to transmit during Christmas holiday, combining as it does Father Christmas, reindeers, snowmen and a strong supporting cast.
Pulcinella Award For the Best Short Film for TV AT THE ENDS OF THE WORLD (AU BOUT DU MONDE) Prod: Folimage-Valence Production Director: Konstantin Bronzit
It's a film without words which tells a story full of surprises and fun.
Pulcinella Award For the Best European Programme THE BROKEN PUPPET (PANTIN LA PIROUETTE) Prod: La Fabrique in co-production with Cymax Productions, France 3, Canal J Creator: Jean-François Laguionie
A charming, classic children's story brought to life with unusual atmospheric design. The film concludes with a really warm and moving dénoument.
Special Mention THE BASKERVILLES! (LES BASKERVILLES: UNE FAMILLE D'ENFER) Prod: Alphanim in co-production with CINAR, Carlton, France 2 Creator: Alastair Swinnerton, Nick Martinelli and Pierre Colin Thilbert
Awarded for its unusual design.
THE INVISIBLE CITIES (LE CITTA INVISIBILI) Prod: Rai Educational Director: Manfredo Manfredi
Awarded for being the best Italian production.
CYBERSIX Prod: TMS Entertainment in co-production with Noa Network of Animation Inc. Creator: Carlos Trillo and Carlos Meglia
Awarded for being the best science-fiction film.