I’m very excited about this tonight, as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts slot. And you can now watch it here.
Back in 2009 I got sent a script by a young comedian, Philip O’ Shea. It was for an animation, and since I don’t normally make animation, I was ready to politely reply, ‘Thanks, but I’m not the right guy’, but then I read the first page and was hooked.
It was called ‘Anatole’s Island’. It was silly, charming, very funny, and all about the adventures of a little marmot named Anatole – so what’s not to like?
And 4 years later we’ve made the thing. Genius animation director, Chris Shepherd, came aboard and found a brilliant new animator, Amer Nazri, who started on the character designs. Then the excellent Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films joined, and the rest was history (well, the present to us at the time). Peter Serafinowicz provided all the voices and was his usual brill self, and Justin Spooner composed the soundtrack and did an incredible job. Anyho, it only lasts just over 3 minutes but do try to watch tonight , Channel 4 at 11:35. We want to make lots more. That’s all folks..!