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Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins to voice The Snail And The Whale for BBC

The Snail & The Whale

Story by Jack Foley

ROB Brydon, Sally Hawkins and Dame Diana Rigg are to lend their voices to the BBC’s adaptation of long-time favourite children’s picture book The Snail And The Whale.

Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar-nominated production company, which has been providing festive family treats to BBC audiences for a decade, will be bringing the story to the screen this Christmas (2019).

The beautiful tale of an unlikely friendship, a tour of the world and a heroic rescue was written in 2003 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo.

It 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.

Hawkins (of Paddington and The Shape Of Water fame) will voice Snail, Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Trip) is Whale, while Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show, Murder in Successville) will voice Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones, Victoria) is the Narrator.

Brydon, who has starred in all of Magic Light’s animated specials, commented: “It’s always so wonderful to work with Magic Light on these animated specials for Christmas. The Snail and the Whale is a long-standing 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.”

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 Snail And The Whale is the latest in 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, including The Gruffalo, 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.

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