U.K. Animator Peter Western Scores BAFTA Special Award


LONDON: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed that Peter Western, a U.K. animator and storyboard artist, will receive the Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards.

Over his 40-year career, Western’s designs have resulted in popular animated characters from such film and TV productions as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fungus the Bogeyman, Bing, Horrid Henry, American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West, The Village, The Snowman and the Snowdog, Space Jam and Quest for Camelot. He will receive the award, which recognizes his contribution to animation, during the ceremony on November 20 at London’s Roundhouse.

Helen Blakeman, chair of the BAFTA Children’s committee, said: “Peter has a wealth of experience, gained from a passion and dedication to his craft as a storyboard artist. He continues to leave a mark on the industry by supporting the next generation of artists and animators, passing on his skill and unique insights through lectures and talks. His contribution to children’s television is outstanding. Peter is more than deserving of this year’s Special Award.”

Western added: “I am delighted to receive the BAFTA Special Award. I must say that I’ve had the pleasure of working as part of some wonderful teams on some great projects—animations really are a team effort. I’d like to dedicate this award to the people I have collaborated with and to those who gave me the opportunities to make my contribution to this industry. I am honored that BAFTA is recognizing my contribution and I look forward to celebrating at the ceremony on November 20.”