For the second time, “The Amazing World of Gumball” is nominated for an Annie Award this year. The episode “The Job” is up for “Best Television Production for Children” and all of us here at Soi are keeping our fingers crossed for February 2nd, 2013.
After winning two Children’s Baftas in 2011, last night Ben Bocquelet and “The amazingly goodlooking Team of Gumball” graciously accepted yet another two golden masks for their genius and hard work, again in both nominated categories, “Writing” and “Animation”. We congratulate Ben, Mic, Aurelie, Joanna, Daniel and their whole amazing crew, well deserved everyone, we raise our glasses!
Hey, following the slightly medieval theme we’ve had with some films in the recent past, this summer Johannes Weiland teamed up with Jakob Schuh for six weeks and the two made two quick little films explaining the courtly life of knights and noble damsels for German children’s show “Löwenzahn”. You can watch the result coming Sunday 08.15 am on ZDF or 11.05 am on Kika.
Our shortfilm “Die Prinzessin, der Prinz und der Drache mit den grünen Augen” was a awarded with the 2012 “Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis” (~best german short 2012). The film was directed by Jakob Schuh and Bin Han-To and produced at our Berlin studio. We’d like to thank the jury for their kind words, we’re very honored, and we’d once more like to thank the film’s lovely team for their commitment and hard work! Thanks so much.
Both “The Gruffalo’s Child” and Cartoon Network’s “The Amazing Adventures of Gumball” are nominated in the animation category of the 2012 Children’s Baftas. Gumball-creator Ben Bocquelet together with his colleagues James Lamont and Jon Foster are also nominated for their writing work on “Gumball”. We congratulate all the teams and wish the very best for Sunday, Nov 25th!
(colour studies above by Aurélien Predal)
Our shortfilm “Princess & Dragon”, directed by Jakob Schuh and Bin-Han To is currently nominated for the “Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis” (~best German short 2012). We’re very happy and would like to use the opportunity to once again thank the wonderful french/bavarian team on this one: Best of luck at the awards next monday.
(above: modelsheet “prince” j.schuh)
Oh, the joys of the internet, look what we found on amazon UK: Starting Oct. 1st you can apparently order both “The Gruffalo” and “The Gruffalo’s Child” in one sweet looking tin suitcase, just big enough for a Mouse-sandwich and a piece of Gruffalo-crumble, once you’ve removed the DVD’s. Nice!
Good News: Starting Sept. 1st, “The Amazing World of Gumball” will finally wreak its special brand of havoc on german television. After winning awards in Annecy, at the B.A.A’s., the PRIX JEUNESSE, the BAFTAS and the ANNIES, the adventures of everyone’s favourite blue cat, walking goldfish, horned peanut, bully T-Rex, furry slug etc. etc. will be airing on German broadcaster KIKA every saturday at 12.10 noon. We’re huge fanboys and proud to see some of our efforts come home! If you haven’t seen it yet, sit down!
If you’re in Switzerland this September, you can catch Soi’s “Princess+Dragon” (we’ll spare you the much longer german title today) at lovely FANTOCHE.
Last weekend, “The Gruffalo’s Child” was awarded the crystal for “Best TV Special” at the Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy. Above you can see animators Max Stöhr and Tobias von Burkersroda shortly after accepting the award. We’d like to thank the entire team for their fantastic work!
We’re happy and sad at the same time: After months of building lush, beautiful miniature landscapes, the setbuilding department for the upcoming film “Room on the Broom” has finished their work this past monday. We’d like to congratulate and thank the entire team there for their commitment and their stunning work!
Happy news from the UK: At the BAA‘s last friday, the Gruffalo’s Child, directed by Johannes Weiland und Uwe Heidschoetter, shared the award for “Best Long-form Animation” with the Quay Brothers’ latest “Maska”. Together with producer Michael Rose Johannes accepted the award amongst many friends: “The Amazing World Of Gumball” was a double winner, taking the “Best Children’s Series” prize and triumphing in a public vote for best kids’ show. Studio Aka’s Grant Orchard won “Best Short Film” for his Oscar-nominated “A Morning Stroll”. Congratulations from all of Soi to all the winners!