A UK film based on the children’s book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
The movie was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of London-based Magic Light Pictures. Gillian Anderson provides the voice of the witch.
The first time Donaldson and Scheffler saw a clip of the film was when it was shown at the 2012 Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature and it has alread won a children’s Bafta (2013), an International Kids Emmy Award and a Royal Television Society Award.
Former Children’s Laureate Donaldson’s 2001 picture book is the story of a kind witch who invites animals to join her on her broom. Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins, Simon Pegg (the narrator), Timothy Spall and David Walliams all have speaking roles in the film adaptation which is directed by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer. The music was composed by René Aubry. There has also been a theatrical production of the story.
Rose says: “This nomination is fantastic recognition for the film and we’re incredibly proud of creating a film that continues to enchant families globally.”
This article was published in the Telegraph