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Magic Light’s The Snail and the Whale picks up BAFTA brace

Multi-Oscar nominated production company Magic Light Pictures picked up two awards at the 2022 BAFTA Children & Young People Awards last night (27 November) for its animated BBC One festive special The Snail and the Whale.

The Snail and the Whale won the honours in the Best Animation category, beating stiff competition from The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Hilda and Aardman Animations’ Robin Robin.

The film was also rewarded in direction – with Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon winning the Best Director category.

“We are very honoured to have won these prestigious awards, particularly in the light of so much great work across the industry over the past three years,” commented Michael Rose, co-founder of Magic Light Pictures. “It really is a tribute to everybody at Magic Light Pictures and our talented writers, directors and all the crews who work so diligently to bring our high-quality productions to screen.”

The Snail and the Whale was first shown on BBC1 over Christmas 2019. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the voice cast includes the late Dame Diana Rigg, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins.

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