From the makers of The Gruffalo and Stick Man, comes their latest adaptation of Julia Donaldson book, The Highway Rat. The Director of the film, Jeroen Jaspaert, will be in Kilkenny to talk about the making of the film after the screening.
A glorious animated swashbuckler, The Highway Rat is based on the richly imaginative book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the UK’s bestselling picture book team. First published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic, in 2011.
This is Magic Light’s fifth adaptation of a Donaldson & Scheffler picture book. Their previous films are established family classics; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom and Stick Man, premiered on BBC One Christmas Day respectively in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Most recently, Stick Man achieving huge ratings of 9.3 million viewers, with an overall 41% audience share, making it the fourth highest rated programme of the day. The film has won critical praise and a raft of global industry awards including: the coveted Cristal for best TV Production, Annecy Animation Festival, France and Best Voice Performance for Martin Freeman, British Animation Awards.