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The 2023 Children’s and Family Emmy Awards were held this weekend. They celebrated the best in children’s television and recognized the individuals and companies that bring joy and entertainment to young audiences. From animated series to educational programs, these awards honored the wide range of content produced for children and families. Who won big this year? Here’s everything you need to know.
‘Sesame Street’ – Max
It’s no surprise that one of the shows tied for the most Children’s and Family Emmy Awards this year is ‘Sesame Street,’ one of the longest-running and most popular shows in the world. ‘Sesame Street’ has been running since 1969 and has aired a whopping 4,666 episodes.
‘Sesame Street’ was nominated for 12 different Children’s and Family Emmy Awards and won five of them, including Outstanding Preschool Series and Outstanding Puppet Design and Styling. These awards add to the stack of over 222 Emmy Awards that the program has already received in the years since its start.
‘Lost Ollie’ – Netflix
Tying ‘Sesame Street’ for the most wins was Netflix’s ‘Lost Ollie,’ a four-episode miniseries based on the 2016 book ‘Ollie’s Odyssey’ by William Joyce. ‘Lost Ollie’ follows a lost toy rabbit named Ollie, who becomes lost in an antique shop and has to try and find his way back to his owner Billy.
‘Lost Ollie’ was nominated for 10 Children’s and Family Emmys and ended up winning awards for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Live Action Program and Outstanding Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts, among others.
‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ – Disney Channel
‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ is an animated series based on two Marvel Comics characters and broadcast by Disney Channel. The series stars Diamond White as a voice actor for Lunella Lafayette, a 13-year-old girl living in New York City who activates a portal that spawns a red dinosaur. Luna then becomes a superhero and names herself ‘Moon Girl’ and her new friend ‘Devil Dinosaur.’
‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ is the other series tied for the lead with five Children’s and Family Emmy wins this year, including Outstanding Main Title and Graphics and Outstanding Animated Special.
‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ – Disney Plus
Another Marvel Comics production that won big this year was ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,’ which is available for streaming on Disney Plus. This special features Chris Pratt and the rest of the main cast of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, and follows the other Guardians as they try to find a present for their leader Peter Quill, played by Pratt.
‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ was nominated for seven awards and won four, including Outstanding Costume Design/Styling and Outstanding Makeup and Hairstyling.
‘Baymax!’ – Disney Plus
Disney had a huge year this year, and their series ‘Baymax!’ received another four nominations and two awards for the company. ‘Baymax!’, a spin-off of the 2014 film ‘Big Hero 6,’ follows nurse robot Baymax while he helps people all over the city of San Francisco.
‘Baymax!’ and its team won awards for Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program and Outstanding Editing for an Animated Program.