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Old 21-11-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Favourite Ever British Animated Character
Given the current debate about the future of animation production in the UK and the Save British Animation campaign, for BAA 2012 we’re running an online poll and discussion forum to determine the UK's Favourite Ever British Animated Character of all time.
To celebrate the rich heritage of notable and well-loved animated
characters, we're asking you to nominate, and discuss, your favourite characters for consideration for our shortlist : winner to be announced at the British Animation Awards 2012.

We are asking you to nominate present favourites and cast your minds back to best-loved characters from the past. Will it be Simon's Cat or Wallace or Gromit or Roobarb or Custard? The Meerkat or virtual cartoon band the Gorillaz? Dangermouse, Bagpuss , Bob the Builder? Delving further back into history: Noggin the Nog or Captain Pugwash? The Lurpack buttermen? And the list will go on...

The only qualification is that the character was created in the UK - for a TV series, ad campaigns, or online, or one-off TV special.

Nominate your favourite, and tell us why! febac@britishanimationawards.com

A shortlist will be announced nearer to the Awards Night, when voting will open...
Seems a safe bet that the winner will be Wallace and/or Gromit, or maybe Dangermouse. But it's interesting t see the various nominees, who are being archived here.

I'm not sure who I'll nominate. Part of me's leaning towards the leader of the Blue Meanies, but I'd also kind of like to give Bonzo the Dog a nod for his historical significance...
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Old 21-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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The obvious undercover cop in that Essex Gangsters sketch in Monkey Dust is brilliant!

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Old 22-11-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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Aw yes, Boni from Trapdoor is on there!
"Ohhhh I think I have a headache coming on..."
I love Trapdoor. It's very very funny and has its own distinctive look and feel.
Lots of nostalgia on that blog, but why isn't Parsley the Lion on there yet!?

I dunno if I could pick a single favourite. Maybe Gromit from Wallace and Gromit. He's just such an intelligent and resourceful character and one whose emotions always shine through despite never speaking and having his brow as the only expressive part of his face. That's some good animation when they can pull that off!
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Old 23-11-2011, 07:03 PM   #4
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Its bad but I don't know that many! Although looking through the current list, things are coming back to me...but to be able to think of a new one....I would have picked Tintin, but he ain't British!

Maybe Pink Panther, I loved the cartoons when I was younger...never knew he was British...and/or Gromit!
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Old 23-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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Kate, loool I was totally going to say Trap Door.

Ahh I dunno who I'd pick! When I came home from primary school I'd be straight onto CITV watching all the shorts like The Blunders, Bananaman (I'd flick to CBBC for that one), James the Cat, Shoe People on at the weekends. Who'd have thought back then the British animation industry would pretty much dry up as much as it has U_U The mid-80s were glorious!

Superted is a good contender... but he's Welsh, not British! A very popular series and really well animated ^-^

Kairi, isn't Pink Panther American animation? Rankin Bass, was it?
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Old 23-11-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
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I think my favorite British animated character has to be Urpgor.

(Get your hands of my beautiful machine you grubby menials!)

I liked plenty of others, including those from Trap door, especially Burk.

(Oh globbits, I've had enough of you so take a heavy thwack!)

(Oh boney always moanin)

Haww, sniff that!

Danger mouse and Greenback were always worth a mention too. But nobody beats Urpgor!
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Old 23-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #7
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Maybe Pink Panther, I loved the cartoons when I was younger...never knew he was British...
He isn't - the chap who nominated him seems to have missed the point of the thing! (Although, to be fair, some incarnations of the character were animated in London by Richard Williams and his studio, so there's a tenuous British connection)

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Superted is a good contender... but he's Welsh, not British!
Erm...
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Old 24-11-2011, 06:51 PM   #8
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Erm...
A derpy gaffe I did make indeed! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superted Sorry. (My brain was thinking of ze term "English" not "British" per se, herpaderpz)
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Old 26-11-2011, 11:03 AM   #9
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I was gonna suggest Superted too! I loved Superted as a kid.

My older sister was talking to me about Super Dave the other day as well, anyone remember that cartoon?

I personally find it hard to decide, especially when its individual characters. There are some characters that I love, but who are apart of an animation I dont think is as worthy of recognition as others!!

I think I may have to go for Noggin the Nog. I actually only first saw it about 6 months ago, but I loved EVERYTHING about that animation- the execution, the atmosphere, the pure storytelling, the artwork, and the characters. <3

...either that or Rhubarb and Custard!
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Old 26-11-2011, 09:51 PM   #10
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I think I may have to go for Noggin the Nog. I actually only first saw it about 6 months ago, but I loved EVERYTHING about that animation- the execution, the atmosphere, the pure storytelling, the artwork, and the characters. <3
I have to agree completely about Noggin the Nog! You can tell that there's so much love and effort that went into the world of Noggin the Nog.
I'll always love myself some Bananaman and Superted! Does anyone remember the good old Superted vitamin c tablets?!
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Old 27-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #11
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SuperTed was my hero! I sewed little capes for my own bears back then.
Even as a kid I thought Bananaman had an unfortunate poor budget, but it was kind of awesome nevertheless, particularly the intro.

I didn't realise my liking to superheroes went that far back. I should draw some fanart.
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Wicked thread.

Mine is Ivan 'I never done it' Dobksy from Monkey Dust.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #13
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Or anything by David Firth.

Burnt Face Man rules.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #14
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Trap Dooooooor ))
Haha guys, the same tastes as I see
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The winner turned out to be... Paddington Bear!

Kind of unexpected.
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