Lupus Films is a London based production company set up in 2002 by Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding to produce high quality films and TV series for children and families.
We specialise in animation, using a wide range of techniques from traditional hand-drawn to 2D digital and CGI, and also produce live-action drama and factual entertainment. Lupus Films’ productions have been shown in the UK on the BBC, Channel 4, Five, ITV, S4C, Disney and Cartoon Network and in over 150 territories worldwide.
In 2013 Lupus Films received a prestigious Vision Award from the BFI. The company’s first feature film developed as a result, Ethel & Ernest, had its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, followed by a UK-wide cinema release in October 2016 and transmission on BBC One in December.
Lupus Films have recently completed a second season of successful pre-school show The Hive (78 x 7′) for Disney Junior and an animated half-hour special based on best-selling children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt for Channel 4. Transmitted on Christmas Eve, with a repeat on Christmas Day, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was Channel 4’s most viewed programme in 2016, across all genres, making it the highest rated since our last special The Snowman and The Snowdog in 2012.
Lupus Films Filmography:
Kensuke’s Kingdom follows the adventures of a boy called Michael and his dog Stella who are shipwrecked on a remote desert island. Terrified and struggling to survive, Michael soon discovers that they share the island with Kensuke – a mysterious old Japanese man who has been living on the island for decades with a family of orangutans as his companions. Keeping their distance, they treat each other with mutual suspicion. However as dangerous invaders appear on the horizon, it becomes clear they must join forces to save their fragile island paradise.
Producers: Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding, Sarah Radclyffe, Stephan Roelants, Barnaby Spurrier
Directors: Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Lupus Films, Walker Productions and Herrick Entertainment teamed up to produce a half-hour animated holiday special based on the hugely successful illustrated children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, which has sold over 9 million copies worldwide and been translated in 23 different languages.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and their pet dog Rufus, who decide one day to go on an adventure through the countryside in search of bears. The animation will bring to life the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the 25 year-old classic and bedtime favourite and is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was aired in the UK on Channel 4 at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve, with a repeat on Christmas Day at 5.30pm. Over 8 million viewers tuned in overall, making it Channel 4’s most watched programme across all genres in four years.
The DVD of the film is now available to buy at: https://goo.gl/xoW78m
The soundtrack can be found at: https://goo.gl/X9i8Yu
Produced by Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin, with Helen McAleer and Julia Posen as Executive Producers for Walker Productions, and Norton Herrick as Executive Producer for Herrick Entertainment. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw were the Co-Directors.
With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Adapting a Classic: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Peek behind the scenes to see how animation, music and voice acting bring Michael Rosen’s much-loved book to life. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is an animated adaptation and a festive treat, featuring the voice talents of Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams.
Watch the behind the scenes video on Channel 4.
With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Ethel & Ernest
Forty years, one love, countless cups of tea…
Based on the award-winning book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this beautifully hand-drawn, animated feature film tells the true story of Raymond’s own parents – Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary events and immense social change.
Heart-warming, humorous and bittersweet, the film follows the lives of lady’s maid Ethel and milkman Ernest from their first chance meeting in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971.
From the socially stratified 1920s to the moon landing of 1969, the film depicts, through Ethel and Ernest’s eyes, the most defining moments of the 20th Century: the darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post war austerity to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s.
A multi-generational team of top British talent breathes life into the characters headed up by Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and Golden Globe winner Brenda Blethyn in the title roles and Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway as Raymond. They are joined by leading actors Virginia McKenna, June Brown, Pam Ferris, Simon Day and Roger Allam, with young actor Harry Collett as young Raymond.
Echoing the lives and concerns of the London working classes through momentous social and political change, Ethel & Ernest is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.
“Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy.” The Hollywood Reporter
“The real accomplishment here is now having this beautiful affair immortalised through cinema.” HeyUGuys ★★★★★
“A deeply moving animation that plays like a cartoon equivalent of Noel Coward’s ‘This Happy Breed’.” Independent ★★★★
The Hive Series 2
Still in the company of the good friends and familiar places established in series one, our new series gently broadens and expands the world of Honey Farm to bring a fresh dynamic to this lovely, imaginative children’s drama that has so delighted audiences around the world.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat
Join Toot as he works and plays with his cast of friends in the busy waters of the Harbour, showing children that they, like Toot, are capable of big things, no matter how small they are.
- Shortlisted for Broadcast Awards 2016 Best Pre-School Programme
- Bronze Winner of the Cairo International Cinema and Arts Festival for Children 2014
- Toot the Tiny Tugboat’s ‘Melt Down’ episode nominated for Best Short Film at Love International Film Festival 2016
- Toot’s Race, developed with Thud Media, nominated for the BAFTA Cymru Best Game Award 2016
- Nominated for Best Animated TV series at Epic ACG Festival 2015.
The Art of: The Snowman and The Snowdog
A brief insight into a day in the life of an animator working on The Snowman and The Snowdog.
The Snowman and The Snowdog
A young boy finds a box under the floorboards containing a hat, scarf and some coal – a snowman making kit! It snows and he builds a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night they come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed a magical surprise awaits him…
- Winner of 5 Kidscreen Awards in 2014: Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie – Kids Category, Best Design, Best Animation, Best Directing and Best Music
- Winner of Televisual Bulldog Award for Best Children’s Show 2013
- Nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Animation 2013
- Nominated for the Broadcast Awards 2014 Best Children’s Programme
- Cover image for the Radio Times Christmas Edition in 2012 and 2013
Random Acts Series 2
Animated Random Acts is a series of short films commissioned and acquired by Lupus Films for Channel 4’s late night arts strand. From outsider art to blistering comedy, unique visions to inspiring moments, Animated Random Acts will surprise, charm and challenge its audience with a wealth of techniques. Featuring Morton Morland, Monika Forsberg, Alan Warburton, Phil Mulloy and Robert Morgan.
Random Acts Series 1
Animated Random Acts is a series of short films commissioned and acquired by Lupus Films for Channel 4’s late night arts strand. From outsider art to blistering comedy, unique visions to inspiring moments, Animated Random Acts will surprise, charm and challenge its audience with a wealth of techniques. Featuring Frank Eddie, Emma Lazenby, The Brothers McLeod, Chris Shepherd, Stephen Irwin, and David Shrigley.
The Hive Series 1
The Hive is about the everyday things that concern little children such as playing, being friendly, spending time with your family and finding out all about the world and how it works. And thanks to Buzzbee and his many friends and relations, including Miss Ladybird, Katypillar, Jasper the Wasp and Queen Bee, The Hive is always bustling with fun, adventure and lots of exciting things to see and do.
Watch The Hive now on Netflix UK.
Combat Club Series 2
The second series of a fun-filled factual entertainment series made for Channel Five in the UK, in which six specially selected children are trained in a variety of martial arts and combat sports, including Judo, Wrestling, Target Practice, Tae Kwon Do, Survival Skills and Sumo.
The Pinky & Perky Show
Pinky and Perky have just been given their big break in showbiz; their own live children’s television show full of mad games, wild cartoons and top celebrity guests. It’s loud, funny and frequently out of control – which makes it very unpopular with the old guard of the TV station. One way or another they’re going to get those pesky pigs off the air!
Different Voices is a magical family music concert featuring a wonderful score composed by Debbie Wiseman. The piece introduces its audience to the sections of an orchestra by combining music with illustrations projected on to a big screen. When a beautiful park is threatened by an evil developer, the different groups of children who use the park, (representing the strings, percussion, brass and woodwind), come together in harmony to save their precious place.
Combat Club Series 1
Combat Club is an action-packed factual entertainment series aimed at 6–11 year olds which examines the history and practice of fighting sports. By looking at each fighting form’s historical roots, and emphasising the self-discipline and commitment involved in learning it as a sport, this series encourages young viewers to channel their energies positively and introduces them to aspects of history in a fun and exhilarating way.
UKTV’s new documentary channel dedicated the May bank holiday week-end to wildlife programmes about meerkats. These 6 comic stings feature puppet meerkats in the South African outback behaving badly off camera.
The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant and The Devoted Friend are lavishly animated in three distinctly different styles and set to classical music composed by Debbie Wiseman. These treats for all the family star a host of well-known voice talents including Pete Postlethwaite, Brendan Gleeson, Fiona Allen, Anna Chancellor and Jim Carter.
Little Wolf ’s Book of Badness
Little Wolf’s Book of Badness is a lavishly animated Special which is a treat for all the family. This wonderful tale, based on Ian Whybrow’s best-selling books, features the voices of Sir Michael Gambon, David Thewlis and Kevin Whately. It premiered on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 2002 to an audience of 2 million.
You can watch Little Wolf’s Book of Badness on All 4 through 4oD.