Family films head FAB awards

The Film Advisory Board’s annual holiday awards paid tribute to numerous family-oriented films including “The Last of the Mohicans” (actor Wes Studi) and Hemdale’s “Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland” for composers Robert and Richard Sherman, who also grabbed special career achievement awards.

Cheech Marin accepted an award for his bilingual audio selection, “My Name Is Cheech, the School Bus Driver.”

Dean Jones, co-star of Universal’s “Beethoven,” accepted an award on behalf of pic’s producers while producer/writer/directors John Musker and Ron Clements accepted prizes for Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Also saluted were Disney with “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and Miramax’s “Enchanted April.”

The “Rock-a-Doodle” award was accepted by co-director Dan Kuenster and composer T.J. Kuenster. Fox’s “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” picked up two awards, accepted by helmer Bill Kroyer and his wife, coordinating art director Sue Kroyer.

CBS won for “Miracles and Other Wonders” with Eric Mitchell associate producing and “43rd Annual Fabulous Holiday Christmas Land Parade,” produced by Dante D’Eramo.

Video presentations went to EMG Distribution, A&M Video, Pacific Media Associates’ “Lime and the Earth — A Natural Balance” (director, Kevin W. Juergensen); and First Learning Programs’ “Read Now!”

Turner Home Entertainment’s two pix, “To Heal a Nation” and “Battling For Baby,” also received awards.

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