Paddington Bear has been voted the best British animated character of all time, at the 9th British Animation Awards, which took place in London this week.

The innovative cartoon, based on the books by former BBC Cameraman Michael Bond and voiced beautifully by Sir Michael Hordern, beat such worthy competitors as Wallace and Gromit, Danger Mouse, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Jamie and the Magic Torch, Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor The Engine…well I could go on all day.

If you’ve never seen it before, or had experience of the well-meaning but impossibly clumsy bear from Darkest Peru with a fondness for marmalade sandwiches and a very hard stare, here’s the first episode, from 1975:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgLD5Nk2JCg

Other notable winners included Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, which won the best animated sequence in a film category, for The Tale of the Three Brothers, explaining what a Deathly Hallows is in the first place:

And Damon Albarn’s band Gorillaz won best music video for “Stylo”:

(via BBC News, and here’s the full list of winners)

Was Wallace robbed? Should Bagpuss have bagged that trophy? Tell us here:

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By Fraser McAlpine