The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Wednesday announced that animator and storyboard artist Peter Western (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fungus the Bogeyman, Space Jam) will be honored with the Special Award at this year's British Academy Children's Awards on Sunday in London.
He will be presented the honor "in recognition of his exceptional contribution to animation," said the organization. "With a career spanning 40 years, Western's designs have brought to life best-loved animated characters across many celebrated television and film productions."
Said Helen Blakeman, chair of BAFTA Children's Committee: "Peter has a wealth of experience, gained from a passion and dedication to his craft as a storyboard artist. He continues to leave a mark on the industry by supporting the next generation of artists and animators, passing on his skill and unique insights through lectures and talks. His contribution to children's television is outstanding. Peter is more than deserving of this year's Special Award."
After several years working his way up through various studios, working as a freelancer and at one point working in Hong Kong, Western joined Hibbert Ralph Animation before becoming the key animator on Disney's Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). More recently, he contributed to promotional films to introduce the public to the mascots for the London 2012 Olympics, Wenlock and Mandeville.
"I am delighted to receive the BAFTA Special Award," said Western. "I must say that I've had the pleasure of working as part of some wonderful teams on some great projects - animations really are a team effort. I'd like to dedicate this award to the people I have collaborated with and to those who gave me the opportunities to make my contribution to this industry."
The British Academy Children's Awards ceremony will take place at London's The Roundhouse.