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studio news: Mercury’s Dave Merritt snags Daytime Emmy for Toot and Puddle

The gang at Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa passed this along, congrats!


We don’t want to ‘toot’ our own horn, but we can’t contain ourselves! We are thrilled to announce that Mercury Filmworks has won its first Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for its loveable series, “Toot & Puddle.” This beautiful and heart-warming show triumphed in the Individual Achievement in Animation category with “Diamond” Dave Merritt winning for Background Design alongside other notable nominations including Transformers and Penguins of Madagascar.

“I am thrilled and honored,” says Merritt. “Toot & Puddle was an excellent show to work on creatively because we were able to explore different parts of the world visually as well as build the characters home environment. Christian (Larocque) was a skillful director in motivating us artists creatively and technically. The series was certainly a memorable project and will remain a close favourite of mine.”

But wait! We have even more good news to share! “Toot & Puddle” was also nominated for Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Series. Huge congratulations to Christian Larocque (director), Graham MacDonald and Emma Gignac (animation directors) and Dee Shipley (voice director). We could not be prouder of your hard work and dedication to this project.

“It’s wonderful to see Toot & Puddle recognized in these two categories,” enthuses Mercury Filmworks President, Clint Eland. “This show has a special place in our hearts. Dave and Christian both brought hard work and real innovation to the production process. I see their effort on the screen when I watch the show and I’m thrilled the Academy did too.”

Mercury would also like to congratulate Chris Savino, Sherm Cohen, and all our friends at Disney on their Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program nomination for Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil. We are thrilled to be working on this exciting and action packed series with them. Their win is our win. Good luck Chris and Sherm!

Last but not least, tremendous thanks to our wonderful audiences who continually tune in with their families to watch our work come to life on the television screen. Without you none of this would have been possible!

Oh, sounds like the Academy has turned on the music, which is our cue to stop gushing and get back to work. Congratulations everyone and thank you again for your support!

One Comment

  1. Gabe Gabe May 27, 2011

    Awesome! Love toot and puddle! And also the french version: Tam Tam et Piko! : D

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