Cartoon Network’s first Australian commissioned animated TV movie, Monster Beach, has won an Astra Award in The Most Outstanding Children’s Programme category, the 2015 Astra Awards ceremony was held in Pyrmont, Sydney on 12th March. Monster Beach premiered last Hallowe’en on Cartoon Network Australia and then around the Asia-Pacific region, the animated movie will air in Europe later this year.
The original movie was created by Australian animation studio Bogan Entertainment Solutions (BES) with animation also produced by Top Draw Animation in the Philippines. Monster Beach follows two siblings who visit their uncle on a secluded island for the summer, only to find the island in danger and the locals are surf-crazed monsters.
Turner International Asia Pacific chief content officer for kids content, Mark Eyers, made this statement regarding the success of Monster Beach:
“The success of Monster Beach is a result of a collaboration between Cartoon Network’s executive production team in Hong Kong and BES in Melbourne. It is a great example of how an international network can partner with Australia’s top talent to create locally-produced content that can reach audiences across the world”
The director of Monster Beach, Patrick Crawley, made this statement in regards of the development and success of the movie:
“Taking a project from the kitchen table through to international release has been an amazing experience. As has partnering with those whose belief in the concepts and the potential of Australian animation has been unswerving in its support. Working with Cartoon Network has meant we’ve had the opportunity to link some of the best Australian writing, design and animation talent with their contemporaries from around the world to deliver an outstanding project”
Adventure Time also received a 2015 Astra Awards nomination for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, but it lost to Monster Beach.