Rai Fiction has six nominations for the Pulcinella Awards, the international TV animation competition held by “Cartoons on the Bay”.
Apart from “Acqua in bocca”, the amusing 3D sit-com from Guido Manuli (“Volere volare”, “Chi ha paura?”) broadcast by Rai Due, competing in the “Tutti i Pubblici” category, all the other series selected have never been screened before.
“Gladiatori”, a series directed by Maurizio Forestieri (“Totò Sapore”) has been selected for the “Action & Adventure” category.
This is an adventurous journey around the “seven wonders” of the world set during the golden period of the Emperor Adrian.
Two candidates for the Best Children’s TV series are “Amita della giungla”, the new program for preschoolers about a little girl who, like a modern-day female Mowgli, lives in a magical world where animals and humans can talk to and understand each other, and “Uffa! Che Pazienza”, inspired by a “political” fairy tale by Andrea Pazienza, the cult illustrator who died twenty years ago, already nominated last year in the series pilots category.
This year sees the return to the Competition, in the Ragazzi category, of “Il mondo di Stefi”, based on the cartoon by Grazia Nidasio, which previously won the Pulcinella award for the best pilot in 2004.
Stefi is an 8 year old girl who clashes constantly with the world of grown-ups.
This is the latest big Italian cartoon character to be presented on the small screen by Rai Fiction in recent years.
Finally, competing in the series pilot category is “Tutti pazzi per Moose”, a new project directed by Giuseppe Laganà (“Lupo Alberto”, “Felix il coniglietto giramondo”) in co-production with the BBC, which takes us back to the golden age of classic “toons”, featuring a clumsy, petulant and touchy moose and a 12 year old boy.
As always, “Cartoons on the Bay” will be an opportunity for Rai Fiction to present its new productions: around 50 new titles, 33 of which are in production, and 16 new releases to be screened on Rai networks over the next few months.