Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Kicks Off Its Third Annual Event With Six Highly Esteemed Judges

Let the Gavel Drop and the Festivities Begin!

Judges Include Thugaboo's Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Family Guy's Seth

MacFarlane, Disney Animator Andreas Deja, Animator Bill Plympton and the

2005 Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Producers Choice and Student

Award Winner, JG Quintel

May 23, 2006, 01:00 ET from Nicktoons Network

    NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The third annual Nicktoons Network
 Animation Festival, has selected six esteemed judges for this year's
 festivities, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Vice President and
 General Manager, Nicktoons Network. Comedic brothers Shawn and Marlon
 Wayans, creators of a brand new animated special Thugaboo, set to air on
 both Nicktoons Network and Nickelodeon in August, will serve on a panel of
 artists that also includes Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Disney's
 Andreas Deja, famed independent animator Bill Plympton and last year's
 Producers Choice and Student Award Winner JG Quintel. All six judges will
 screen the films submitted for the festival and will rate them based on
 story, animation, design, entertainment value and fun factor, in order to
 find this year's $10,000 Grand Prize winner.
     The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, in partnership with
 Frederator Studios and Kidscreen magazine kicks off with a two-day live
 event at the Nicktoons Studios in Burbank, California on Saturday, August
 12 and Sunday, August 13. As the world's first multiplatform animation
 festival, submissions from around the globe will be showcased on Nicktoons
 Network and at the network's website, A
 countdown of the entries will premiere each day beginning Saturday, August
 26 through Thursday, August 31, leading up to the Grand Prize winner who
 will be hand picked by our judges.
     In addition to the Grand Prize, the festival has partnered with Time
 For Kids magazine for a "Show off Your Show" kids contest, in which one
 lucky young winner will walk away with the festival's first ever Greater
 Creator Award. There will also be a Producer's Choice Award and Student
 Award and also new for this year, a Diversity Award.
     "The participation of this year's stellar team of judges helps to
 substantiate the incredible growth and excitement the Nicktoons Network
 Animation Festival continues to bring to the creative community and our
 audience," said Dawkins. "The new Diversity Award exemplifies our
 commitment to the diverse global community and the festival's global
     "The Festival always attracts a well-rounded panel of elite jurors and
 artists that represent all facets of the animation industry," says Festival
 Chair, Fred Seibert. "For artists entering our festival, it means that
 their work is seen by animation's A-list."
     The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival continues to be on the hunt
 for a selection of original short films created in any style of animation
 that do not exceed 10 minutes in length. Animators from around the world
 can submit entries until Wednesday, May 31st. Entry forms can be downloaded
     Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans grew up in a comedic family where making
 your siblings laugh at the kitchen table was second nature. Both brothers
 have collaborated on many projects together including the highly
 anticipated animated special Thugaboo set to air on both Nicktoons Network
 and Nickelodeon in August. They also co-produced, co-wrote, and co-starred
 together in Little Man, White Chicks, Don't Be a Menace to South Central
 While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Scary Movie 1 & 2 and I'm Gonna Get
 You Sucka!
     Seth MacFarlane is easily one of the youngest people ever to create a
 television series. As creator and executive producer for the FOX animated
 series Family Guy MacFarlane started his career at MADtv with his animated
 short The Life of Larry. He has collaborated with Hanna-Barbera and is
 responsible for the animated series' Ace Ventura, Jungle Cubs and Johnny
     Andreas Deja is a world-renowned Disney animator that has worked on
 many of today's classic and highly successful animated films, some of which
 include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast,
 Aladdin, The Lion King and Lilo & Stitch.
     Bill Plympton is best known for his oblique off-center sense of the
 ridiculous in many of his short films that have been seen across the
 country in many television networks including MTV. His animation creations
 have also crossed over to the advertising world where his work has been
 showcased in commercials including famed board game Trivial Pursuit and
 NutraSweet product Sugar Delight. His work includes The Tune, Microtoons,
 Boomtown, Plymptoons, How to Kiss and 25 Ways to Quit Smoking.
     JG Quintel returns to the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival as a
 judge after garnering last year's Producers Choice and Student Award for
 his film The Naive Man From Lolliland. He graduated from the California
 Institute of the Arts with a degree in character animation in December
 2005. JG is currently working as a storyboard artist on Camp Lazlo at
 Cartoon Network.
     Nicktoons Network, the 24-hour animation network features a wide
 spectrum of programming that has defined kids television for more than 10
 years. Targeting kids 6-14, Nicktoons Network airs 75% exclusive
 programming such as Kappa Mikey; My Dad the Rock Star; Corneil & Bernie;
 Martin Mystery; Kaput & Zosky; and Yakkity Yak, as well as classic
 Nicktoons hits such as Ren & Stimpy; Invader Zim; SpongeBob SquarePants;
 and The Fairly OddParents. Nicktoons Network is the official home to the
 Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. It is the world's first multiplatform
 animation festival providing kids and future animators an artistic hub
 where they can express their creativity and talent to a network that
 applauds budding doodlers across the country.
     Nicktoons Network currently reaches 38 million homes via cable, digital
 cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision; Charter
 Communications; Comcast Cable; Cox Communications; DirecTV; DISH Network;
 and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are
 property of Viacom, Inc.
     Frederator Studios ( has been making original
 cartoons since 1998, executive producing The Fairly Oddparents, Oh Yeah!
 Cartoons, and Random! Cartoons. Channel Frederator
 ( is the world's first and largest cartoon
 podcasting network, featuring submitted films from around the world.

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