The BBC is once again turning to Oscar-nominated Magic Light Pictures for its latest animated special. The studio behind The Gruffalo will bring the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Superworm to life with a cast including Olivia Colman and Matt Smith.
Colman will narrate, while Smith will feature as the Superworm hero. They are joined by Patricia Allison (Sex education) like Butterfly, and Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey) like the crow.
Super long and super strong, Superworm is always on hand to help other animals and insects, but when he is kidnapped by the evil Wizard Lizard and his sidekick The Crow, his friend Butterfly must come to the rescue.
Superworm is directed by Sarah Scrimgeour and Jac Hamman, from a screenplay by Max Lang and Suzanne Lang. Producer is Barney Goodland, with executive producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose for Magic Light. The composer is René Aubry, while the animation services are provided by Blue Zoo Animation Studio.
Colman said, “It’s such a fun project to get involved. Reading the script and imagining everything that happens at the end of the garden, I could really feel the pure pleasure and joy that the film will bring.
Superworm is the ninth adaptation of the BBC’s Donaldson and Scheffler, as the stories have become a staple of BBC One’s Christmas programming. Last year’s adaptation was Zog and the flying doctors, which has been watched by 7 million viewers.