Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book The Snail is to be adapted for the Christmas 2019 BBC One schedules.

Published in 2003 by Macmillan Children’s Books, The Snail and the Whale will be transformed for the Beeb into an animated half hour produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures.

The half hour animated film is the tale of a tiny snail who, longing to see the world, hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay, how will the snail save the day.

Snail and the Whale marks the seventh adaptation by Magic Light Pictures of a Donaldson/Scheffler’s children’s book. The most recent, Zog, will premiere on BBC One this Christmas.

“I’m thrilled to exclusively announce BBC One and Magic Light are teaming up once again to bring viewers The Snail and the Whale for Christmas 2019, a much-loved adventure for all the family to enjoy.” – Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content

Previously, Magic Light produced The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which brought audiences of 10 million to BBC One for their respective Christmas Day transmissions. The former won over 15 awards and was nominated for several others including an Oscar.

Other titles include Room on the Broom, which received a 2014 Oscar nomination and won a Bafta, an International Emmy and an RTS Award; 2015 ratings hit Stick Man and The Highway Rat which has just scooped a coveted Rose d’or in the Children and Youth category at the 57th Rose d’Or Awards held in Berlin.

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