Channel 4 has given the greenlight to We’re Going On A Bear Hunt , a one-off 30 minute animated adaptation of the children’s book of the same name from Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury and Walker Books.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt tells the story of Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who are left home alone one day before Christmas. The children decide it would be fun to go on a bear hunt, spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzly bears. After swishing and swashing through the long grass, splashing and sploshing through rivers and squilching and squelching through mud, Rufus the dog picks up the scent of a bear.
The one-off special, which is eyed for a 2016 premiere, is being produced by Lupus Films and Walker Productions, who were behind 2012’s The Snowman And The Snowdog. Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin have been set as the producers, while Helen McAleer and Julia Posen will exeutive produce. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw are attached to direct.
“I am absolutely delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned this animation. Lupus have a great record in this field and I am very excited to be part of the project”, said author Michael Rosen. “Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful art work provides a powerful family saga, full of imagined or real trials and these pictures will give a basis for a moving Christmas drama.”
“Going On A Bear Hunt is a magical book that will be brought alive for a whole new audience by Lupus Films”, added Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt, who commissioned We’re Going On A Bear Hunt alongside Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger. “I can’t wait.”