South African animation on BBC this Christmas day

An animated version of the children's picture book "Stick Man" will be screened on BBC One on Christmas day.

An animated version of Stick Man, the popular children’s picture book, will premiere on BBC One in the coveted 4:45pm Christmas Day slot – a primetime slot that attracts millions of merry viewers.

Stick Man was produced by Magic Light Pictures, an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and International Emmy-winning production company in the UK, and animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish Animation Studios.  The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon.

The cast of British acting talent includes Martin Freeman as the voice of Stick Man, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville as Santa, and Jennifer Saunders as the narrator.

“Stick Man lives in the family tree with Stick Lady Love and their stick children three,” until he’s taken further and further away from home on an epic adventure across the seasons. He runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest, and even ends up on top of a fire, as he tries to get back to his family in time for Christmas. 

The Stick Man book was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo.