Rob Brydon, Sally Hawkins & Dame Diana Rigg Voice ‘The Snail And The Whale’ Adaptation For BBC One This Christmas

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20 Sep 19

Rob Brydon, Sally Hawkins & Dame Diana Rigg Voice ‘The Snail And The Whale’ Adaptation For BBC One This Christmas

Multi Oscar-nominated production company Magic Light Pictures are set to adapt beloved children’s book ‘The Snail And The Whale’ for Christmas 2019 on BBC One it has been announced.

Written in 2003 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, ‘The Snail And The Whale’ follows the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and manages to hitch a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale. A joyous, empowering story about the natural wonders of the world and discovering that however small you are, you can make a difference.

The beautiful tale of an unlikely friendship will be voiced by a host of British acting talent, including Sally Hawkins (‘Paddington’, ‘The Shape Of Water’) as Snail, Rob Brydon (‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘The Trip’) as Whale, Cariad Lloyd (‘Peep Show’, ‘Murder in Successville’) as Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Victoria’) as the Narrator.

“It’s always so wonderful to work with Magic Light on these animated specials for Christmas,” comments Rob Brydon, who has starred in all of Magic Light’s animated specials. “The Snail and the Whale is a longstanding favourite in our house. It’s an epic journey across the globe, where the tiniest creature and the mightiest mammal experiences the vastness of our planet together.”

This latest adaptation follows a distinguished line of award-winning festive family specials from Magic Light for BBC One and ZDF that have become an enduringly popular Christmas tradition on the channels. They include Donaldson & Scheffler ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Stick Man’, ‘The Highway Rat’, ‘Zog’ and ‘Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes’. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC premiere of ‘The Gruffalo’ and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the book.

‘The Snail And The Whale’ is directed by Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon who have both directed a number of Magic Light productions, last year co-directing ‘Zog’. Max, joint director of both ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’, is twice Oscar-nominated and a Bafta winner. He has also collected a series of awards at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Daniel co-directed ‘Stick Man’ which won the Crystal at Annecy and nominations at Bafta and the British Animation Awards.

The animated special is produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures and the composer is René Aubry, who has written all of the music for Magic Light’s specials. The book was adapted for screen by Max Lang and Suzanne Lang. Animation services have been provided by Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town.

‘The Snail And The Whale’ will premiere Christmas 2019 on BBC One.