Local studio set to animate second Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler book ‘The Highway Rat’


Triggerfish Animation Studios – the Cape Town-based company that made its name with African-themed Hollywood films and has a talent scouting partnership with Disney – will be adapting The Highway Rat children’s book into an animated special.

This will be a thirty minute holiday special which will be aired on the channel BBC One for Christmas of 2017.

The Highway Rat was written in 2011 by famed children’s author and illustrator duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The book (and, presumably, the animation) is summed up below if you’re unfamiliar:

A greedy rat who tyrannises animals along the highway, as he steals their food at every opportunity: clover from a, rabbit, nuts from a squirrel, and a leaf from some ants. He even steals, his own horse’s hay. However, what he really craves are cakes and all ,things sugary, and it’s his sweet tooth that finally leads him to a sticky outcome.

Also involved in the project is the production company Magic Light Pictures. Triggerfish, BBC One and Magic Light have worked together in the past, creating the animation Stick Man which won an ward at the Annecy Animation Festival, among many other accolades. Magic Light has produced two other Donaldson/Scheffler-inspired animations for “the Beeb”, the hugely successful Gruffalo and Room on a Brrom.

Between Stick Man and The Highway Rat, Triggerfish is also currently working on an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes which will be this year’s Christmas Special on BBC One.
Source: htxt.co.za 14 September 2016