Wallace and Gromit see off Harry Potter to win top Bafta

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The latest adventure of an absent-minded inventor and his silent but intellectually superior dog was last night hailed as the best feature film at the Children's Baftas.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit beat off stiff competition from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to be named the best film by a panel of judges.

However it was the latest Harry Potter film which captured the hearts of children themselves. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was voted best film in a poll of nearly 100,000 children. Three years ago the second Harry Potter movie - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - won the coveted Bafta kids' vote award.

Last night's success for the first feature-length Wallace and Gromit movie is the latest in a string of honours for the film. It won the Bafta for the most outstanding British film earlier this year, as well as an Oscar for best animated feature.

The plasticine duo are the main characters in a series of three British animated short films, a series of 10 short animated sequences, and a feature-length film by Nick Park of Aardman Animations.

The Bristol-based studio has pioneered "claymation" or "stop motion" where each object is sculpted in clay or plasticine, a film frame is taken and then the object is moved slightly by hand, and another frame is taken.

More recently the studio has successfully used computer generated images (CGI) with productions such as Flushed Away, Aardman's first completely computer-animated feature.

The Children's Bafta for best international programme was won by Lazy Town, the Icelandic children's series. The programme features Sporticus, who encourages the kids of LazyTown to eat fruit (which he calls sports candy) and play outside instead of sitting indoors. He wants to make sure Lazy Town is happy, and knows that children have to be healthy and fit. Sporticus is constantly doing physical exercises, and even does gymnastics just to get from place to place. The children have to instruct him how to relax.

Meanwhile, the pre-school animation award was presented to Pocoyo, a Spanish animation about the adventures of a young boy dressed all in blue, which is narrated by Stephen Fry in the UK. The series beat long-standing favourites including Postman Pat and Charlie and Lola to win the award.

In one of two new categories for this year's Children's Baftas, Nickelodean UK was named best TV channel, beating CBBC, Cbeebies and Nick Jr UK. Darrall Macqueen was named the independent production company of the year. The company is the third largest supplier of programmes to the BBC and the second largest independent supplier of original children's programmes in the UK.

Top of the class

* Best feature film: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

* Bafta kids' vote: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

* Channel of the year: Nickelodean UK

* Best presenter: Holly Willoughby

* Special award: Nigel Pickard, former ITV and CBBC programme chief

* International award: Lazy Town

* Best pre-school animation: Pocoyo

* Best entertainment programme: Raven

* Best drama: The Giblet Boys

* Best factual programme: Michaela's Wild Challenge

* Best writer: Peter Tabern (for Johnny and the Bomb)

* Best interactive programme: Level Up

* Animation: The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers!

* Independent production company of the year: Darrall Macqueen

* Best short form: Purple and Brown

* Pre-school live action award: CBeebies' Springwatch

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