Mike Young Productions’ Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks’ has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program and the mood is jubiliant at Crest Animation Studios (Crest) in India.
Crest provided all the animation production services for the series like modeling, rigging, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering, compositing etc.
Speaking to Animation ‘xpress, Crest CEO A K Madhavan said,”It is a matter of great pride for us to be recognised for our quality of work by one of the most powerful bodies representing the American Television Industry. We have won accolades in the past like the BAFTA award and an ANNIE nomination for our work in “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks”. We have also won the Apsara Award for “Tenali Rama”; it is a special feeling, to be one of the best among the international players”
Close to a team of sixty artists worked on Jakers for Crest. The project began around mid 2002, and the first season of 26 episodes was completed towards the end of 2003. The show went on air around that same time. Within three months of going on air, the series was nominated for the Annie, and the show was actually in the same league of nominations along with shows created at Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and Disney.
Pointing out the significance of Jakers, Madhavan remarked,” The very first series that has gone out of the country was nominated for Annie, won a Bafta and now has bagged the Emmy. Not only was this a quality bench mark for Crest but also a quality precedent for the entire Indian animation industry”
The sophisticated, 3D, computer animated series follows the adventure of a spunky 8-year-old pig named Piggley & his friends, Dannan the Duck & Ferny the Bull, who live on a farm in Ireland.
The awards were conferred at the 33rd Annual Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards on Saturday, April 22, 2006, during a simultaneous black-tie ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City and the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Television Academy in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Crest which has recently delivered Bratz TV series (26 half hour episodes), Bratz Genie Direct to DVD and Arthur’s Missing Pal Direct to DVD is currently working on Sylvester and the Magic Pebble’ which is the first of the three animated theatrical films announced as part of the co financing and co production arrangement by Crest Subsidary RichCrest (LA) and Lion’s Gate Entertainment.
Crest is soon shifting base from its current facilities in Worli to a massive integrated studio spread across 2 floors and 45,000 square feet in Ghatkopar.