The Simpsons Movie was the main winner at the BAFTA Children’s Awards last night (25.11.07).
The film version of the hit US animated TV series beat off stiff competition from Happy Feet, Spider-Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to be voted Film of the Year by the under-16s.
Despite being the fans’ favourite, The Simpson’s Movie wasn’t in the category for Best Feature Film, which was won by animated penguin movie Happy Feet.
The awards took place at London’s Hilton Hotel and were hosted by comedian Keith Chegwin.
Independent Production Company of the Year went to the world leader in model animation, Aardman, whose prolific output included British TV series Shaun the Sheep and Chop Socky Chooks as well as a US version of Creature Comforts.
Channel of the Year was claimed by BBC spin-off CBeebies whose programmes include In the Night Garden, Autumnwatch, Charlie and Lola, Bob The Builder and Tommy Zoom.
The Special Award of the evening went to Mick Robertson, the presenter of 70s TV show Magpie who is now an award-winning producer.
Robertson – whose production company WisedUp focuses on bullying, healthy eating and environmental issues from a child’s perspective – said: ‘I am hugely proud to be receiving my BAFTA award. My television career has been entirely spent making programmes for children. There is no more important audience.
‘All my programmes have been in the factual entertainment genre which is fast disappearing from children’s screens because of its minority appeal. I hope ways will be found to support factual television for children in the future. They should always enjoy a rich and varied viewing choice.