Start date: Nov 19, 2014,
End date: May 18, 2017
‘Revolting Rhymes’ are 2 x 26’ CGI animated half hour specials for television based on the much loved children's book written by celebrated UK author Roald Dahl, and illustrated by Quentin Blake. In ‘Revolting Rhymes’ Dahl re-tells classic fairy tales, narrated with a twist in his unique rhyming verse style. Our two specials combine five of these fairy tales. In the first programme: Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. In the second: Cinderella and Jack and The Beanstalk. The stories are narrated by a wolf who is on his way to babysit two little children. He starts off with Dahl’s words ‘You think you know these stories. You don’t. The real ones are much more gory.’ Then proceeds to display his storytelling talents, skilfully weaving the stories together to the amazement of his audience. For example in the first programme, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood grow up as childhood friends until cruelly separated by the Huntsman. They go off on their separate journeys but are happily reunited at the end. In the second programme, Jack grows up in the house next door to Cinderella, and surprisingly the two of them eventually find true love together. These lively, witty, irreverent stories are set in a landscape that is Northern European in feel. The settings are both classic fairy tale and yet modern in style. There are buses and cars, but at the same time a pig is running the local bank! The two programmes are produced by the same team behind the award winning specials ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and ‘Room on the Broom’. The programmes have been pre-bought by BBC1 in the UK for premiere at Christmas 2016 which is the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, and by ZDF Germany, France Televisions, DR Denmark and six other broadcasters with a further five letters of intent.
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