South African Animated Film “The Smeds and the Smoos” Nominated for International Emmy Award

The animated film “The Smeds and the Smoos,” produced by Magic Light Pictures, has been nominated for Best Kids’ Animation at the International Emmy Awards. The film is based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of two warring families whose children, Bill and Janet, fall in love and run away together.

The film is co-directed by South Africans Daniel Snaddon and Samantha Cutler, who previously worked together on the BAFTA-winning film “The Snail and the Whale.” The voice cast includes Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), comedian Bill Bailey, and Adjoa Andoh from Bridgerton.

“We are thrilled to have been nominated for an International Emmy Award,” said Snaddon. “This is a huge honor for us, and we are so proud of our team for their hard work on this film.”

“The Smeds and the Smoos” is one of four South African productions that have been nominated for International Emmy Awards this year. The other nominees are:

  • Two Sides (SuperSport): Best Sports Documentary
  • The Mandela Project (Showmax): Best Short-Form Series
  • Takalani Sesame (Sesame Workshop): Best Kids Factual
  • The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen (Zentropa, Belga, and Stage 5 Films): Best Actress for Connie Nielsen

Watch all 10 of Magic Light Pictures’ Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations on Showmax: 

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo’s Child

Room on the Broom

Stick Man

The Highway Rat


The Snail and the Whale

Zog and the Flying Doctors


The Smeds and the Smoos

The International Emmy Awards will be held in New York City on November 20, 2023.

About Magic Light Pictures

Magic Light Pictures is an animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. The studio has produced a number of award-winning films, including “The Snail and the Whale,” “Zog,” and “Stick Man.”

About the International Emmy Awards

The International Emmy Awards are presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) to the best television programs produced outside of the United States. The awards are given out in a number of categories, including drama, comedy, documentary, and news.

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