Tony Collingwood has just collected a very
important award at
The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Awards
2008. It's this year's
special award for "Outstanding Contribution to
Children's Writing" .
The ceremony took place at BAFTA in London on Sunday
And in case you were in any doubt as to the importance
of this award,
last year's recipient was no lesser a mortal than
Tony is, of course, one half of that perennially
O'Hare, and he's been rewarded for his work on the
likes of "Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!", "Eddy
and the Bear", "Gordon Gnome"
and, most recently, the top secret delights
of "The Secret Show".
Would you believe he has 6 BAFTA awards on
his shelf for his
work in children's television, both as a writer
and as a director?
Really, it's astonishing. And of course, he's up
for yet another
this year as well...
But you know, The Hound reckons there's even
more to Tony
than meets the eye. Keep it to yourself, but he's
actually a secret
agent for U.Z.Z. Oh yes, he's none other than the
of Victor Volt:
Every DFC helps (21.11.08)
Listen up, folks. David Fickling's fabulous,
subscription-only comic, The
DFC is coming to Tesco. For one week only, you'll be
purchase the latest issue of this top comic at
your local Extra or Metro,
direct from the shelf...
The week in question is 26th November to
2nd December (issue 26). And there are two extra incentives attatched
to this one-off promotion.
Firstly, the Tesco edition will have a different
cover to the subscriber
version. And in addition, it will have a reduced
cover-price of £1.99,
making it more than a match for the likes
of "The Beano", etc.
Howell will no doubt be celebrating this news more
than most. That's because the issue in question
features six pages
of her new strip, "The Mighty M".
As for the rest of us, well, hopefully this
promo will bring a few more
folks off the fence and into The DFC's subscription
world. Better still,
if the promo is a big enough success, it might
even pave the way for
the title to transform into a "normal"
comic weekly, on sale in
newsagents across the land...
Best not get carried away, though. Just remember;
The DFC is at
Tesco. One week only. Have to buy.
Oh, cripes. This news is late. It's very,
very late in fact. But in my
defence, I was away on business when these
were announced and
didn't get any reminders in my Inbox, and...
Suffice it to say, the 2008 childrens BAFTA
revealed at the end of last month. So if you
missed 'em elsewhere,
here - at last - are the nominees of note
to this site:
CHARLIE AND LOLA AUTUMN SPECIAL
Claudia Lloyd, Kitty Taylor (Tiger
Kaminka, Didier Julia, Gilles Cazaux
(Samka & Safari de Ville/CBBC)
Paul Young, Jordan Gaucher, Aidan
SHAUN THE SHEEP
Julie Lockhart, Richard Goleszowski
CHARLIE AND LOLA
Claudia Lloyd, Kitty Taylor (Tiger
LITTLE PRINCESS Iain
Harvey, Edward Foster (Illuminated Films/Five)
Phil Davies, Mark Baker, Neville
(Astley Baker Davies/Rubber Duck/Nick
ROARY THE RACING CAR
Jean Flynn (Cosgrove Hall Films/Nickelodeon
Mick Robertson, John Butterworth
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
Jane Laffey (Envy/Nickelodeon
STITCH UP SHOWDOWN
Adam Shaw, Oliver Hyatt (Blue
BASIL'S SWAP SHOP gets a boom-booming nomination
"Best Entertainment" category...
CHAPMAN ENTERTAINMENT (Fifi, Roary) and DARRALL
MACQUEEN (Bear Behaving Badly) are included
in the nominations
for "Independent Production
And Tony Collingwood and Dave Ingham are
included in the line-up
for "Best Writer" award, for
their work on THE SECRET SHOW and
CHARLIE AND LOLA, respectively...
Hmm. Interesting to see how Charlie
and Lola has wound up on
both the "Best Animation"
and "Best Pre-School Animation" lists.
And the commissioners at the BBC must
be grinning ear to ear,
having been involved in all four of
the "Best animation" nominees.
Mind you, with production avenues so
limited nowadays, is it
really a surprise...?
As usual, you should check out the full
list of nominations on
site. And you should keep your fingers crossed
for your favourites on awards night,
which this year is being held
on Sunday, 30th November.
The 2008 Cartoon Art Trust Awards were held
at The Mall Galleries
(London, SW1) last night. And amidst all the
the following awards were presented:
Young Cartoonist of the Year (under 18)
Young Cartoonist of the Year (under 30)
The Joke Award
The Strip Cartoon Award
The Pocket Award
Jeremy Banks (Finanacial Times)
The Caricature Award
Nicola Jennings (The Guardian)
The Political Award
Nicholas Garland (Daily Telegraph)
The Pont Prize for Drawing the British Character
Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor for "Alex"
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Young Cartoonist Award is always a very
Big Thing for the
aspiring winners, so Emilia Franklin and James
Hood must be
buzzing right now. You can see their winning
entries on the
Cartoon Museum web
site (click on "Awards" on the top menu).
As for that latter award - well - Raymond
Briggs always gets a
big thumbs up from this site, of
course. Past winners of this prize
have included Ronald Searle, Gerald Scarfe, Fluck
and Law, and
But enough with the bias - big congratulations
to all the winners!
red beginnings (08.11.08)
If you're a regular visitor to this cartoon
haven, you'll know that The
Hound has a particular softspot for Little
Red Tractor. This not-so-little
series from the Little Entertainment Company is
something of an
perhaps held back in the poplularity stakes somewhat
by the antics of a certain builder and
postman. But Stan and the gang
are star creations indeed, and that mad miller
Stumpy - well - he's a
cult hero in the making, for sure...
This month, Revelation Films are releasing
an intriguing curio for fans
like myself to view and ponder. Little
Red Tractor Stories Christmas Special
features two episodes of the
original 2D production, as narrated by the late
Brian Glover. And what intriguing viewing it is.
The production is little more
than an animatic. Colin Reeder's artwork is panned
and scanned, and
occassionally, elements of the pictures are moved,
or simple effects
are added. They really don't come any simpler
than this. It's decidedly
antiquarian. But it's as earthy and as honest as
the day is long, and
completely fascinating. I mean, here we have Stan
and Red, the Turvys,
Walter and - yes - even Stumpy. All the familiar
names, but in a wholly
unfamiliar guise. We can see how Keith Littler
and his team took these
first character models and completely retooled
them for their stop-motion
The development of the concept puts one in mind
of that farm-fuelled
soap "Emmerdale". Do you remember
when it was previously billed as
"Emmerdale Farm", when there was nowt
but drystone walls and a
round of family feuding to get excited about, before
that plane crash
wiped out half the cast and gave the producers
a nice clean slate to
go mad with? Well, there's something a little
like that going on here,
only, this particular cast survived their
makeover intact, and indeed,
flourished as a result of it. But better yet, it's
great to see that the
new Little Red Tractor hasn't strayed from the
path at all. It may be
slap-bang up to date with its scrambling quad bikes
phones, but at their heart, the new stories are
just as honest
and as homespun as the originals...
Nine fine prints (04.11.08)
Remember that Curtis Jobling art show last
month? - Well, it went
down a storm. But if you couldn't get to Manchester
and are cursing
your bad luck then you'll be glad to hear
that you can still snuggle up
with your very own fabulously limited Frankenstein's
- or nine of them, in fact - thanks to
the Animation Art
You see, Curtis has created nine unique art
prints, based upon
episode titles of his top toon series and
starring Nine, Lottie and
the gang. So we have great spoof horror titles
like "Plan Nine From
Outer Oddsburg", and "The Very Lost Boys",
Pretty cool, eh?
Well, if you're still dithering you should
know that each print is
restricted to just ninety-nine signed and
(naturally). So you might want to move quickly
Yes, yes, so these were plugged on Toonhound before
but they're doubly-briliant, and thus deserving
of a double plug.
And - heck - this is The Hound's web site
to do with as he pleases.
Why, I might even plug them nine times,
just to be appropriate
Er. Well. It's like this... July and August
were tough. As you might
have noted, Toonhound went on something of
a wild ride as the site
was transferred to a new hosting package.
The old pages were erased
completely from their original server, before being
put back online, and
during the interim period - nigh on five days,
I believe - there were
missing pages, and dropped images on the site
you looked. In other words, that upgrade was
And it also got the me looking at the site
again, in totality, and
everywhere I looked I saw errors and glitches
Missing information, like series credits and
episode details. And
dead links aplenty. It started with the comics
section - a collection
of pages so poorly handled, thus far. I thought
I'd better spruce
up what I had; dust them down, so that I'd
be ready to finally start
expanding the selection. But when I'd finished
that not altogether
small task, I realised how many of the
TvToons pages were also
in decline... and the number of series and
films I still had to index...
You can see how it all snowballed. Toonhound
is very much a
work in progress. And oftentimes over the
last eight years, that
work has transformed into a heavy, heavy millstone
to bear. It eats
up time like you wouldn't believe - and thank
you for your patience
thus far, because I'm finally getting to the crux
of this posting - because
I soon realised I'd have to make a bit of
a sacrifice last month, in order
to carry out some of those essential repairs.
I'd have to skip a month
of toon news.
See, the thing about this news page is, each
incoming story leapfrogs
to the top of my "to do" list. The
news demands my immediate attention,
dragging me away from the index pages, the upgrades,
elsewhere. And when I'm done with it, the
needs of the Real World quickly
lead me away for another day. After all, Toonhound
is really nothing
more than an old dawg's hobby site. It's not
a career. Sure, it brings
in a few casual pennies that are very gratefully
received (especially in
these crunchy times). And sure, I'm striving
for it to eventually become a
database of news and info that no cartoon convert
can be without.
But it's not a career job, and I can't work
on it 24/7. I have a
mortgage to pay, after all...
So there you go. The news items slipped off
the agenda. They had to.
But they're back on now. And thank you for
asking, but here in September,
The Hound is feeling as if he's back on top
of the site. There's still an
awful lot of work to do here - a ridiculous
amount - but the worst of
the current backlog has, I think, been breached.
Which means that
a normal news service can now resume...