JAPAN PRIZE 2006 : Program Details

Runners-upList of Entry
Program Division  /  Early Education
The Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize
Program Title:The Nutty Boy: The boy with a pan on the head
Organization:Associacao de Communicacao Educativa Roquette Pinto
The Nutty Boy: The boy with a pan on the head is a TV adaptation of a novel by a Brazilian writer, Ziraldo. The purpose of this drama is to foster various abilities of children including language ability. Using spirited performances of the actors and a comical storyline, it intends to attract the children's attention well enough that they can learn while enjoining the story.
Ten year-old "Nutty Boy," whose homework is to write an autobiography, digs up a photograph of himself when he was five wearing a pan instead of a hat during the course of an investigation into his earlier days with his family. He wants to know what made him do such a thing, but, to his annoyance, each family member tells him a different story. At a complete loss, the boy concludes it's better to do this homework all by himself. While looking at his old toys and old photos, he finds his imagination expanding and all sorts of pictures and descriptions for his essay spring to his mind. The completed story is shown in animated cartoon form. The boy takes his homework to school, and newly inspired, wonders how he will be when he grows up. Responding to his remark, the teacher thinks up a new homework assignment: "The autobiography of the future!"
Jury Comment
The Nutty Boy is a wonderfully natural and innovative look at identity, memory and autobiography for a young audience. It challenges its audience to consider issues of memory - are they true or false? Are they subjective?  Why do people remember the same event differently? All told through the experience of a child and in a way easily understood by the age group.
The program is beautifully acted and natural, with strong family values. It works on multiple levels, containing both direct and indirect learning for its audience. The use of a loving and multi-generational family who don't always agree is well handled and used to explain perspective and opinion. 
The innovative use of the lead character shown at ages 5, 10 and 30 is easily understood by the audience--showing that identity and a sense of self both remain the same and develop as you age-- a difficult concept to explain to a child, but here, as explored though a 10 year old's eyes and experiences, is easily understood.
This is a strong, thought provoking program for young children, one that they can relate to, learn from and be entertained by.
Producer's Comment
Ms. Rosa Maria Crescente
General Director of Television Associacao de Communicacao Educativa Roquette Pinto

To receive the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize for The Nutty Boy was a privilege for TVE Brasil, particularly because we had a chance to see how well structured the selection process has become. The same category competitors had strong messages in their productions and the level of commitment to education has only increased our appreciation. The JAPAN PRIZE has been a landmark for this series because of its long-lasting tradition aimed at the development of individuals and its focus on education. The news of this prize has been widely recognized by our peers and it has opened doors for other festival entries.
In regards to the production, The Nutty Boy has touched audiences worldwide perhaps because of its biographical nature. From the biography of a small boy with a very exciting life, he later develops into an older boy who remains incredibly imaginative. With creativity, he expresses his care for his family up until adult life. It is very gratifying to confirm that the series has been well accepted interculturally. This had been a strong concern throughout the production.
It has been a pleasure to watch The Nutty Boy succeed in such a significant way all around the world.