The Gruffalo's Child
tv special, 27 minutes
for bbc and zdf / 2011
The Gruffalo’s Child is Magic Light’s and Studio Soi’s second installment of the Christmas specials for the BBC. After Jakob Schuh and Max Lang directed The Gruffalo, this time Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschoetter were at the helm to turn Julia Donaldson's and Axel Scheffler’s brilliant books into a 27 minute film.
A little Gruffalo ignores her father's warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the big bad mouse.
Remi Tjon Ajong, Manuel Arenas, Hakan Akögretmen, Matthias Bäuerle, Jens Benecke, Christian Bohm, Sandra Brandstätter, Carsten Bunte, Tobias von Burkersroda, Yanyun Chen, Julien Chheng, John T. Coomey, Benjamin Duenas, Anna Euskirchen, Tobias Gerdts, Hugo Hernandez, Uwe Heidschötter, Sonja Kumbarji, Max Lang, Cordula Langhans, Thorsten Löffler, Perrine Marais,
Hubert Märkl, Torben Meier, Gottfried Mentor, Katja Moll, Klaus Morschheuser, Kathrin Julia Müller, Susanna Jerger, Florian Parrot, Aurélien Predal, Christian Puille, Egbert Reichel, Sabrina Schmid, Mathias Schreck, Jakob Schuh, Max Stöhr, Jessica Studer, Johanna Stuttmann, Karim Saleh, Heiko Schneck, Michael Schulz, Johannes Weiland, Marie Wellershoff, Thomas Ziegler.
TV Times, 17. Dezember 2011: "6.30 pm, BBC1: Julia Donaldson's follow-up to her classic children's story, The Gruffalo, is brought to vivid life in this wonderful animation. The lovely, lifting, rhythmic rhyme that has ushered so many children towards the Land of Nod over the years tells the story of the Gruffalo's adventurous daughter, who sets off through the snow into the woods despite her father's warnings about the big bad mouse. Brilliantly voiced by Shirley Henderson, The Gruffalo's Child encounters the Snake (Rob Brydon), the Owl (John Hurt) and the Fox (Tom Wilkinson) - before glimpsing this supposedly fearsome creature (voiced by James Cordon). Perfect Christmas Day viewing for all the family - an instant classic ... ★★★★★".
awards & exposure
The Gruffalo’s Child was watched by 6.4 millions (28%) when it had its premiere on BBC1 in 2011. It was awarded as Best TV Special at Annecy in 2012. The film has won Best Long Form Animation at the British Animation Award 2012. further awards were: it got nominated for an British Academy Children’s Award 2012 // nomination Rose d'Or 2012 best Children's program // winner Pucinella Award 2012, Best European production // nomination ITFS Trix for Kids 2012 // winner Viktor Kubal Award for the best film in Biennial of Animation Bratislave 2012 // winner Periscope Award for best film in the children’s programme at Animanima, Serbien // winner Bradford Animation Festival, Best Film for Children 2012 // winner Emil Award 2013, Preis für gutes Kinderfernsehen // nomination for British Broadcast Awards 2013