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BAFTA Children's Awards Nominees Reveal Animation Domination

The British Academy Of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) are best known for their annual films awards, which are now considered one of the most prestigious awards out there (perhaps behind only the Oscars at this point). However, the British Academy also hosts a number of other ceremonies throughout the year- including ones dedicated Television and video games... and next up is The BAFTA Children's Awards.

Animation is represented in a significant proportion of categories. In the Animation category the nominees are The Amazing World Of Gumball, Shaun The Sheep, We're Going On A Bear Hunt and Revolting Rhymes. In the International category, three of the four nominations go to animation- Ask The Storybots, The Snowy Day and Spongebob Squarepants. In the Preschool Animation Category, the nominees are Sarah and Duck, Peppa Pig, Digby The Dragon and Hey Duggee.  The Feature Film category nominees are all animated this year, with nods going to Moana, Kubo and The Two Strings, Sing and The Little Prince.

In the Games Category, the nominees are Monument Valley 2, Playroom VR, Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun and Moon. In the Interactive category, nods go to Adventure Time: I See Ooo,  The Gruffalo Spotter,  Hey Duggee: We Love Animals and Virry. Numberblocks was nominated as part of the Learning Category.

Animation production companies Blue Zoo, Karrot Entertainment and Magic Light Pictures were nominated as part of the Independent Production Company category (bagging three out of four slots).  In the Short Category Morph, The Happos Family and CITV Share A Story are nominated (again making up three out of four possible nominees). Last, but by no means least, the writing team from The Amazing World Of Gumball were nominated in the Writing category.

This impressive list of nominations - animation is represented in 10 out of 17 categories- prove how important the medium is as part of children's entertainment in the UK. And long may it continue to be.

The BAFTA Children's Awards will take place on Sunday, November 26 at the Roundhouse, London.