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Doodlez Wins Toon Gemini

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television handed out its Gemini awards for television on Dec. 13, 2004. DOODLEZ took home the Best Animated Series prize. Producer Gretha Rose was present the award,

DOODLEZ is a children's half-hour animated special, comprised of 11 two-minute animated shorts. Each short has a different storyline, which are held together by the overall theme if creativity. Like Doodlez, creativity starts with a blank slate. In each segment, the Hand of the illustrator, with his pencil put to paper shows children what is at the essence of animation creation, the ability to draw, create and imagine.

As for the Best Visual Effects, Tom Turnbull, Colin Cunningham, Claude Theriault and Don Urquhart were given the award for their work on SHATTERED CITY: THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: PART ONE.

SHATTERED CITY is set at the height of the First World War when Halifax was at the epicenter of the massive movement of men and munitions. But in the early hours of the morning on the 6th December 1917 something went horribly wrong. The Mont Blanc a French owned freighter loaded to the gunnels with thousands of tons of explosives collided with a Belgian relief ship, catching fire and at 9:05 a.m. it exploded in Halifax Harbour.

The Best Interactive Gemini went to TVO Kids - TIME TRACKERS Interactive Website. Accepting the prize were producers Patricia Ellingson, Andrew Ebert, Mike Fitzgerald, Angela Lee, Marney Malabar, Phil McCordic, Jeremy Rodgers and Catherine Thomson.

The awards purpose is to create a national television showcase to assist the industry as a whole in building television audiences and public awareness, as well as an appreciation of Canadian production and talent.

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