Channel 4 and Universal Pictures Content Group have released the trailer for the animated Christmas special adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book Mog’s Christmas, from Lupus Films.

The 22-minute film has taken the equivalent of 24 human years to make, with over 16,000 hand-drawn, animated frames.

Look out for a production close-up in the next issue of Televisual, which is published next week.

It features the voices of Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adjoa Andoh, Miriam Margolyes, Maggie Steed, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Higson

Lupus Films are known for their adaptation of other classics, including The Tiger Who Came to Tea, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Snowman and The Snowdog.

The team producing the film last worked together on Channel 4’s Emmy award-winning seasonal hit – an adaptation of Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea – which was the third highest-rating programme on the channel in 2019.

Mog’s Christmas was commissioned by Gwawr Lloyd, Drama Commissioning Editor and Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4 in association with Universal Pictures Content Group and produced by Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding together with executive producers Juliet Matthews at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Judith Kerr’s children Tacy and Matthew Kneale and Ann-Janine Murtagh.

It is directed by Robin Shaw (Director The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Co-Director We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Assistant Director The Snowman and The Snowdog) and written by Joanna Harrison (who adapted The Tiger Who Came to Tea, co-directed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and was Co-Writer and Art Director on The Snowman and The Snowdog).

This new animated special has seen a team of artists bring to life Judith Kerr’s vivid illustrations in Lupus Films’ distinctive, hand-drawn animated style from their studio in London.

Universal Pictures Content Group will manage the global distribution and marketing for the animated special outside of Channel 4’s rights.

Mog’s Christmas is a Lupus Films production in association with Tabby Tales, HarperCollins Children’s Books and Universal Pictures Content Group for Channel 4 Television.

Pippa Considine

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