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Shaun the Sheep leads British animation award shortlist

Shaun the Sheep
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Roary the Racing Car and Shaun the Sheep are taking on the Oscar-nominated Wallace and Gromit: Matter of Loaf and Death at the British animation awards.

They have been shortlisted in the children's choice award, voted for by a panel of 130 school children.

A computer-generated meerkat, famous for his smoking jacket on the ads, is competing with a car advert for Audi.

The awards are held at the British Film Institute in London on 8 April.

Aardman animations, led by Oscar-winning animator Nick Park, is behind both Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit.

Roary the Racing car gets another nomination in the best pre-school series, up against My Favourite Bedtime Stories: The Cat and the Rooster and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom: Big Bad Barry.

In the new media category, the opening to the Beatles Rock Band game is shortlisted against another video game, DJ Hero for best commissioned animation.

The majority of the biennial awards are judged by a jury of animation experts and are joined this year by theatre director Sir Jonathan Miller and comedian Mel Giedroyc.

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