Annal: 1998 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Children's Feature Film

Results of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in the year 1998.

Film:FairyTale

FairyTale: A True Story

Charles Sturridge

When her father is declared missing in action during World War I, Elsie Wrigth (Florence Hoath) goes to live in England with her cousin Frances Griffiths (Elizabeth Earl) for whom the topic of fairies is forbidden. Immediately, the girls discover the winged creatures in the garden and photograph them for Frances’s startled parents. This leads to another kind of adventure for the girls. They become the toasts of London as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O’Toole) and Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel), who have seen the photographs, escort them around town. Mildly…

Film:Borrowers

Borrowers

Peter Hewitt

The popular children’s books by Mary Norton have been filmed before, but never with as much imagination and ingenuity as you’ll find on display in this delightful fantasy film released to critical praise in 1998. The “Borrowers” of the title are a family of tiny people who live in the walls and under the floorboards in the homes of “normal-sized” humans; they earn their by “borrowing” the household items (string, food crumbs, buttons, etc.) needed to furnish their tiny hiding places and provide their meals. The little Clock family lives happily undisturbed in the…

Film:George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle

Sam Weisman

Not even the executives at Disney could have predicted the runaway success of this live-action movie inspired by Jay Ward’s goofy 1960s cartoon character. Not only did George make a killing at the box office, but Disney’s marketing wizards turned it into one of their best-selling videos. It’s hard to begrudge the movie’s success, even if this is the kind of mindless entertainment that caters to the lowest common denominator. In any case, it’s obvious that kids love this movie, in which the idiotic George (Brendan Fraser) repeatedly swings into trees and…

Film:Home Alone 3

Home Alone 3

Raja Gosnell

Here’s a perfect movie for kids, who never seem to tire of John Hughes’s sure-fire slapstick formula. Working yet another variation on his mammoth 1990 hit, writer-producer Hughes (regarded by many as Hollywood’s antichrist) strands a youngster in his own home with the chicken pox in this 1997 retelling. While his parents go to work, he sees a team of burglars invading the neighborhood houses; in fact, they’re spies, looking for a toy containing a stolen microchip. The inevitability of the finale—one kid holding off four professionals with toys and garden…

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