Following on from Ted Lasso's win earlier this week (and Dickinson last year), Apple Original kids series 'Stillwater' has been awarded with a Peabody award for getting 'its young audience to embrace mindfulness, empathy, and kindness.'
The Peabody's are a very prestigious program that accepts entries every year into categories for news, entertainment, documentaries, children's programming, education, interactive programming, and public service. As the categories accept entries from pretty much any format or in almost any form they are judged by a panel of jurors on their own merit.
The Peabody Awards awarded Stillwater with the following praise: “Stillwater is a serene-looking panda who very much lives up to his name. As does the animated television show crafted around him. Based on the picture book Zen Shortsby Jon J. Muth, Stillwater embraces tranquility—and yes, stillness—in a way that television series rarely do, even those aimed at adults. Structured around a number of parables told by the affable panda bear to his three young neighbors, every episode feels like an engrossing painting come to life that demands you slow down and take care to relish its every brushstroke. It helps that these self-contained tales are rendered in a hand-drawn style that stands in stark contrast with the nevertheless painterly 3D world of the panda and the kids. Intentionally designed to get its young audience to embrace mindfulness, empathy, and kindness, Stillwater is a balm to watch, its essence best captured by the soothing patience of voice actor James Sie, who makes the titular character as much a role model for kids as for those parents watching. For offering young viewers the chance to rejoice in the quiet wonders of the world around them, Stillwater deserves a Peabody.”
You can watch Goldie Hawn, a campaigner for children's wellbeing, present the award and producers Kelly Kalagian & Nicolas Atlan giving an acceptance speech below.
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