Indian toon festival names honorees

'Bob and Margaret,' 'Osmosis Jones' among headliners

The Week With the Masters Animation Celebration, to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 3 in Kerala, India, has named the first six artists that will headline the event:

  • David Fine and Alison Snowden, who won an Academy Award for the short film “Bob’s Birthday” and expanded it to the series “Bob and Margaret.”

  • Piet Kroon, co-director of the upcoming “Osmosis Jones” and helmer of numerous shorts.

  • Gerald Potterton, three-time Academy Award nominee for “My Financial Career,” “Christmas Cracker” and “The Selfish Giant.”

  • Joanna Priestly, who has received three individual arts fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Normand Roger, who has composed more than 100 soundtracks, including the one for this year’s Academy Award winning toon “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Four additional masters are to be announced, according to Bill Dennis, CEO of Toonz Animation, which is hosting the event.

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