Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books have today announced a partnership to develop Judith Kerr’s beloved picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea for TV.
Lupus Films is now working alongside HarperCollins Children’s Books to co-produce a new hand-drawn animated special of the much-loved book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Written by the revered Judith Kerr OBE, who celebrates her 95th Birthday in June, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold over 5 million copies since it was first published in 1968. Inspired by Judith’s daughter Tacy, the story of Sophie and her extraordinary, stripy tea-time guest has enchanted generations of children and has become a timeless classic.
Produced by Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding together with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books, this new animated special will see a team of artists bring to life Judith Kerr’s vivid illustrations in Lupus Films’ distinctive, hand-drawn animated style.
Camilla Deakin said: “We are thrilled that HarperCollins has chosen to work with Lupus Films on this very special project. It is an honour to be adapting such an iconic children’s book in its landmark anniversary year and we will do our very best to capture the charm and magic of the original book to create a timeless film for children and family audiences.”
Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books said “HarperCollins Children’s Books leads the way in multi-platform storytelling. Quality and authenticity is paramount to our success and it is fantastic to be partnering with Lupus Films who share this vision and have created some of the most treasured animated films of recent years. We are incredibly proud to publish Judith Kerr and how wonderful to be bringing her iconic picture book to life for television whilst we celebrate the golden anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.”
Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding will be attending Kidscreen in Miami next week to secure pre-sales. They can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
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