November 25, 2004

RESOURCES: Top 10 Cartoons for Children's Rights

Top 10 Cartoons for ChildrenÂ?s Rights

NEW YORK, 19 November 2004 Â? UNICEF has just released the Â?Top 10 Cartoons for ChildrenÂ?s RightsÂ?, as selected by polling broadcasters and communicators, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Cartoons for Children's Rights is a UNICEF broadcast initiative that aims to inform people around the world about childrenÂ?s rights. (See also Â?What are childrenÂ?s rights?Â?, below.) So far, the effort has forged partnerships with many well-known animation studios that have developed more than 80 half-minute public service announcements (PSAs).

Each PSA illustrates a right described in the global rights treaty, such as Â?Freedom from Child LabourÂ? or Â?Protection from NeglectÂ?. All the spots are non-verbal, in order to get the rights message across to everyone, regardless of language. The spots have aired on more than 2,000 television stations globally. 

The top 10

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Freedom from Discrimination (Article 20): High | low bandwidth
Philippines (Imagine Asia). Directed by John Rocco.


Family (Article 5): High | low
Argentina (Independent). Created by Miguel Repiso. 

Identity (Article 8): High | low
Iran (Independent). Animated by Noureddin Zarrinkelk. 


Education (Article 28): High | low
India (Toonz Animation). Directed by Bill Dennis. 


Protection in War (Article 38): High | low
India (USL-RM) 


Protection from Neglect (Article 19): High | low
Czech Republic (Kratky Film). Animated by Zdenka Deitchova.


Freedom from Discrimination (Article 2): High | low
Barbados (Independent). Animated by Guy OÂ?Neal. 


Freedom from Child Labour (Article 32): High | low
Italy (RAI Television). Created by Guido Manuli. 


A Protective Environment  (Articles 3, 9): High | low
Scotland (Red Kite Productions Ltd). Animated by Anwyn Beier.
Music by Rowland Lee. 


Self Expression (Article 13): High | low
Chile (CINEANIMADORES). Animated by Alejandro Rojas Tellez.
Sound and Music by Alejandro Lyon. 

What are children's rights?

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This landmark treaty, now ratified by all but two countries on earth, spells out the rights of all children Â? to health, to education, to an adequate standard of living, to leisure and play, to protection from exploitation, to express their own opinions Â? and many more. All children have these rights.

The Cartoons for Children's Rights are for both children and adults. With its captivating images and cross-cultural appeal, animation is the perfect tool for informing children about their rights and society about its obligations. By airing the Cartoons for Children's Rights, broadcasters can use their influence to help realize the rights of every child.


Chris Schuepp
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