British Animation Award winners crowned

Paddington Bear is voted nation's favourite ever animated character; Gruffalo's Child, Ben & Holly also win.
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The winners of the British Animation Awards have been revealed, with some key licensed properties picking up accolades at the ceremony.

Hosted by comedian Thom Tuck, the best of the animation industry gathered at the BFI Southbank last night (March 15th).

Paddington Bear was voted Britain's Favourite Ever Animated Character - an accolade which meant the bear from Peru was trending on Twitter this morning.

The character fought off tough competition to secure first place beating Super Ted, Peppa Pig, Postman Pat and Wallace & Gromit to name but a few.

Karen Jankel, MD of Paddington & Company, commented: “We are delighted that the public and fans have voted Paddington Bear as their favourite British animated character of all time.

“This is a fantastic celebration of Paddington’s rich great British animation heritage and legendary status. It is a very exciting way to start 2012 - a year in which Paddington Bear looks set to be in the spotlight like never before."

Elsewhere, The Gruffalo's Child took joint first place in the Best Long Form category; Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball picked up Best Children's Series and the children's jury judged Children's Choice Award; Best Pre-school Series was Astley Baker Davies' Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom; and Happy Films' Bookaboo was voted Best Mixed Media Children's Series.

"At a time when the UK animation industry faces an uncertain future, we have been overwhelmed by the strength and breadth of talent featured in this year's awards and would like to warmly congratulate all our winners," said BAA director, Jayne Pilling.


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