Kids are making winning artwork

I always like a little bit of uplifting news on a Friday. What could be better than news of kids making good?

Nothing, says I. (And I’m the mother here, so you should listen to me.)

First off, remember the Wumblerful World of Seasons Art Contest? If you’re not in the New York City metropolitan area (and therefore, don’t have ready access to the New York Daily News), you may not know that the winners were recently selected and their artwork will be featured in upcoming Wumblers music videos and in a book whose proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club Worldwide. You can read the article here, which focuses on the five winners from the Bronx. (There were twenty-five grand prize winners, and seventy-five runners-up.)

And if that story doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy enough, try this one: A bunch of Kenyan youths made some great cartoons.

A compilation of nine short toons made by children in Kenya during August’s inaugural Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop won the Africa Grand Prize for achievement in a film made by children at the close of the fifth World Summit on Media for Children, held in Johannesburg last week.

Films by Children for Children beat 50 other productions from 12 African nations in a festival held alongside the summit, giving it automatic entry in the international Kids for Kids fest to be held in Amsterdam Sept. 21-24. The win will also mean the pics will be included in a compilation of the “Best Films Made by Children for Children,” to be distributed globally by the Canada-based Intl. Center of Film for Children and Youth.

Two great examples of kids contributing to cartoons for fellow kids, both here at home and abroad. Well done!

I think I’ll bring this up the next time my kids complain about doing chores. (“You know, some kids are winning animation contests by your age. What have you done lately?”)

Time to dust off the easels

Earlier this week when I told you all about The Wumblers and how they’ll be coming to TBN this Fall, I neglected to tell you one really exciting thing.

(It wasn’t on purpose. Well, okay, it was sort of on purpose, because I had so many other things to tell you, but the point is… wait. I’m not sure what the point was. Maybe we should just move on. Yes.)

Anyway, as part of the series kick-off, Giddy Gander is holding the Wumblerful World of Seasons Art Contest. And you know how much I love a contest.

Read the complete rules before entering, but the upshot is that any child from kindergarten through 5th grade may submit a piece of original artwork having to do with any of the four seasons. Entries are due by March 15th to be eligible to win.

The winners will have their artwork integrated into The Wumblers in two different ways; first, pictures may be shown during the music video portion of the television show. Second, pictures may be included in an upcoming Wumblers book. And here’s the best part:

50% of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Gilda’s Club Worldwide and their affiliates to support Noogielands children’s activities at the local Gilda’s Club affiliates.

Gilda’s Club is named in honor of Gilda Radner, who, when describing the emotional and social support she received when she had cancer, called for such places to be made available for people with cancer and their families and friends everywhere. The mission of Gilda’s Club is to provide meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care.

From its beginning, the Gilda’s Club program included a children’s-focused are called Noogieland designed for children impacted by cancer — whether having a family member or friend with cancer, or being a survivor of someone with cancer… or having cancer themselves. Noogieland is a warm, supportive play environment in every Gilda’s Club that fills important psychosocial needs and, through help from trained staff and volunteers, allays children’s fears by making the appearance of cancer part of ordinary life.

So, no, your kid isn’t going to win a trip to Disneyworld or anything, but what a great way to get your kids excited about helping others. And the whole seeing-their-picture-on-TV thing will probably appeal to them, too.

Grab an entry form and crack open the crayons, and your child could be a winner.

Meet the mother of the The Wumblers (Part 2)

part 1 in our adventure in getting to know The Wumblers and its creator, Laura J. Wellington. Rarely is there such a heart-warming story behind the creation of a new show, and as such it seemed fitting to devote an entire piece to the backstory before moving on to the property itself and where it’s going.

Just as Laura Wellington is not your ordinary businesswoman, The Wumblers is not your typical cartoon. As discussed in yesterday’s installment, Ms. Wellington is firmly ensconced at the development helm. “Nothing that is developed for Wumblers I don’t know about or I haven’t approved,” she says. “I’m very hands-on as far as the creation of the show, because it’s very important to me. Because I’ve seen it… productions where people didn’t take it as seriously. The quality has to go in, first, and everything else will be built around it.” Continue reading

Meet the mother of the The Wumblers (Part 1)

The Wumblers yet? If not, you will. The Wumblers is a brand new inspirational children’s cartoon slated for network debut later this year—and I’ll tell you more about the show itself tomorrow—but whether you have preschoolers or not, whether the show interests you or not, the story behind this project is one that will amaze and inspire you.

Pictured to the side here is Laura J. Wellington (with a couple of stuffed Wumblers), age 40, creator of the multi-colored creatures. I think she looks remarkable for a woman who never sleeps, don’t you? And despite her protestations to the contrary, I’m pretty sure she never does sleep. It just doesn’t seem mathematically possible, given her life. Here; see for yourself: Continue reading