By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop November 25, 2013 at 3:00PM
Magic Light Pictures' Room on the Broom, won at the children’s BAFTA awards; The animated film is one of the ten announced by the Academy as being on the short-list for Best Animated Short.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the winners of the British Academy Children’s Awards last night, celebrating the very best in children’s film, television, games and online media of the past year. Room on the Broom, the animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture book won in the Animation category, which was sponsored by Toon Boom. Timmy Time triumphed in Pre-school Animation and the BAFTA for Pre-School Live Action went to CBeebies Ugly Duckling.
Other wins went to the writing team behind The Amazing World of Gumball; and Adventure Time won in the International category. In the Feature Film competition Brave, Paranorman and Wreck-It Ralph were all beaten to the award by Life of Pi.
Room On The Broom, based on the best-selling picture book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, tells the story of a kind witch (voiced by Gillian Anderson) who invites a number of animals to join her on her broom. The voice talent also includes Rob Brydon as the Cat, Martin Clunes as the Dog, Sally Hawkins as the Bird, Simon Pegg as the narrator , Timothy Spall as the Dragon and David Walliams as the Frog. The film was directed by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer.
Room on the Broom first premiered on BBC One to 7.6m viewers as part of its Christmas programming in 2012, and also aired on Sprout in the US this October. It has been sold to over 30 broadcasters airing across over 167 countries worldwide, and translated into 16 languages. The film has also had cinema runs in the UK and US and opens across France on 27th November, distributed by Les Films du Preau.
Room on the Broom has also been nominated for a 2013 international Kids Emmy Award, in the pre-school category, and has already won a number of top accolades including: Royal Television Society Awards – Best Children's Programme, Annecy Animation Festival – Cristal for Best Television Production, and TIFF Kids International Film Festival – Best Animated Short Film.
Room on the Broom follows on from the success that Magic Light Pictures had with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, with The Gruffalo winning over 15 awards including the Prix Jeunesse 2010, and nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and the Cartoon D’Or.