Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo Forged in Animated ‘The Tiger Who Got here to Tea’

Channel four, Lupus Movies and HarperCollins’ have introduced the voice forged for his or her upcoming animated movie, The Tiger Who Got here to Tea, which is ready to air this Christmas. Based mostly on the traditional youngsters’s e book by Judith Kerr OBE, the half-hour movie will convey the vivid photographs and irresistible story of this traditional image e book to life.  

Benedict Cumberbatch (Brexit: The Uncivil Warfare, Sherlock, Avengers: Infinity Wars), Tamsin Greig (Tamara Drewe, Friday Night time Dinner, The Responsible, Episodes) David Oyelowo (Les Miserables, A United Kingdom, Nightingales) David Walliams (Walliams & Good friend, Little Britain, Come Fly With Me) and Paul Whitehouse (Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, The Quick Present) will painting the characters of Daddy, Mummy, Tiger, Narrator and Milkman respectively, whereas seven-year-old newcomer Clara Ross will make her TV debut as Sophie. 

Revealed by HarperCollins Youngsters’s Books and produced by Lupus Movies, The Tiger Who Got here to Tea tells the story of what occurs when the doorbell rings as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting right down to tea within the kitchen. Confronted with an sudden visitor – an enormous, furry, stripy tiger – they invite him inside the place he proceeds to eat all the pieces in sight earlier than making a well timed exit, simply earlier than Daddy will get dwelling.

Impressed by the creator’s daughter, The Tiger Who Got here to Tea was first printed in 1968 and has offered over 5 million copies. Lupus Movies’ distinctive, hand-drawn animated type will convey the story to life, introducing the characters to a complete new viewers. Channel four will broadcast the one-off half-hour particular this Christmas.

“I couldn’t be extra thrilled to be enjoying a small half in bringing Judith Kerr’s timeless youngsters’s traditional to the display for an additional era to take pleasure in,” remarked Cumberbatch.

Oyelowo added, “Who wouldn’t leap on the probability to play the enduring tiger from The Tiger Who Got here to Tea? He’s an enormous cat of few phrases as a result of – he’s too busy consuming! – however I relished all the growling, chomping and slurping, which known as on me to search out my interior cat.”

“I knew Judith properly and I actually adored her,” Walliams famous. “She was an unimaginable inspiration – her work is so sensible. The e book is a factor of magnificence – there isn’t a phrase misplaced, the illustrations are simply attractive. I actually needed to be part of it and I used to be satisfied that she needed me to relate. I’m so proud to be related to it as a result of it’s a stone chilly traditional. Similar to the e book has been round for over 50 years, hopefully the animation can have this unimaginable longevity too.”

Greig shared, “The story has a common attraction. It’s about encountering the opposite and the hazard of the unknown journey. What drew me is that Mummy shouldn’t be their imposing authority, however she’s agreeing to go on the journey along with her daughter, and be a baby along with her.”

“I needed to become involved as a result of it has fond reminiscences for me and a detailed affiliation with my ladies,” Whitehouse reminisced, “I first learn the e book to my eldest daughter who’s now 26, and I’ve bought fairly a younger daughter as properly that I now learn it to. It’s one of many not-that-many books the place the woman is the central character … I’ve learn it to all my 4 ladies, so it’s by no means been out of my life!”

“I do like studying books as a result of they take you to an imaginary world, and this e book is very nice,” Ross mentioned. “I like all of the characters and that an animal can speak as a result of in actual life, how can an animal speak? I’m actually excited that my voice goes to be animated and I can’t look ahead to it popping out at Christmas on Channel four.”

Channel four head of drama, Caroline Hollick, commented, “We’re delighted to have assembled such a unbelievable forged to inform this excellent and much-loved youngsters’s traditional. It actually does promise to be a superb festive deal with for all of the household.”

Lupus Movies producer, Ruth Fielding, added, “We’re thrilled to have hooked up such an incredible forged to convey to life the characters on this timeless household favourite. It’s an actual honor to be working with such a glittering array of expertise who’re going to assist make this animation actually particular.”

“We’re delighted to be working with such a superb forged who will introduce this treasured story to a complete new era and honor the extraordinary lady who created it,” concluded HarperCollins Youngsters’s Books government writer, Ann-Janine Murtagh.

The Tiger Who Got here to Tea is produced by Lupus Movies’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding along with HarperCollins Youngsters’s Books, Murtagh, Katie Fulford, and Mia Jupp with route by Robin Shaw (Co-Director of We’re Occurring a Bear Hunt, assistant director of The Snowman and The Snowdog).

The e book has been tailored for the display by Joanna Harrison (co-director of We’re Occurring a Bear Hunt, Co-Author and artwork director of The Snowman and The Snowdog). It was commissioned for Channel four by their head of drama, Caroline Hollick, and their government of drama, Chloe Tucker. Common Content material Group is managing the worldwide TV distribution, dwelling leisure and theatrical rights.

Channel four’s final youngsters’s traditional, We’re Occurring a Bear Hunt, additionally produced by Lupus Movies, was the channel’s most watched program of 2016 with over eight million viewers over the vacation interval.

Supply: Channel four

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