In the lead up to a weekend full of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, it seems we have been given an additional gift - the deserved acknowledgement of some of TV’s greatest animation!
Nominations for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards were released today, and in a a step away from previous awards, actually appear to reflect the talent of those involved, and not merely the politics of the industry.
‘All Hail King Julien’, the breakout hit series from executive producers Mitch Watson and Brett Haaland, has earned a whopping 7 nominations, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Sound Mixing, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Original Song, and Outstanding Performer (Danny Jacobs as King Julien). This is the third Emmy nomination Jacobs has received for his work on the show, after walking away with the award the previous two years.
‘All Hail King Julien’ will lead the pack of Netflix original series in a year dominated by the streaming service. ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’, ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’, ‘Dinotrux’, and ‘Turbo: FAST’ have each received multiple nominations across a range of categories. 2016’s nominations are indicative of the changing ways in which we consume entertainment, shifting from cable and network programs to the more immediate streaming services and video on demand. In all, Netflix has gained 33 nominations, the highest among those pertaining to animation, followed by Nickelodeon (24 nominations), and Disney Jr (6 nominations). The increasing presence of Netflix is great news for creators given the greater variety of shows they are willing to take on. Rather than focusing purely on volume and a broad target audience, Netflix appears to be more willing take on shows directed at niche markets, preferring quality and originality over mass appeal. That is not to say it does not contain shows loved by millions the world over, but that they are more likely to give a chance to a new program that may have a smaller target audience.
Nominations have also seen a range of positive acknowledgements across the industry - from the less known, newer, or rebooted shows, to long-running series. Smaller studios are rightfully getting a nod for their passion and dedication in the animated field, with Discover Family’s ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ and ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots’ gaining three nominations between them, including Outstanding Original Song for ‘My Little Pony’’s “The Magic Inside”.
Netflix’s much loved series ‘The Mr Peabody and Sherman Show’ will be able to bow out in style with their 3 nominations after recently concluding the visually stunning reboot of the 1960s short film segments. Veteran shows such as ‘The Fairly OddParents’, now in its 10th season, have proved that quality doesn’t necessarily diminish over time, with Carlos Alazraqui’s nomination for his outstanding voice work as Mr Crocker. He will, however, be in for tough competition, going against not only Danny Jacobs, but also voice masters Eric Bauza, Reid Scott, and Jeff Bennett.
Out of all of this years award ceremonies, the Daytime Emmy Awards seem to be the most accurate in their allocation of awards to artistic talent. After such great news, we must now wait until May 1st to see who will walk away with the awards.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites on Sunday, May 1st. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Bonaventure on Friday, April 29th, 2016