BBC One has ordered Mimi And The Mountain Dragon, a twenty-five minute 2D animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book. The one-off will air this Christmas and was commissioned as part of BBC One’s season on literature.
Mimi And The Mountain Dragon is a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed. Mimi takes the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother who all the villagers fear.
The animation is based on the original illustrations by Emily Gravett and it was adapted for television by Owen Sheers. It will have an introduction from Sir Michael Morpurgo and will be narrated through classical music in an original score written by Rachel Portman. Leopard Pictures and Factory Create are producing, with Kristian Smith and Phil Chalk serving as the executive producers.
The project began its life when the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Music TV Jan Younghusband approached Sir Michel Morpurgo and asked him to write a children’s story that could be set to classical music. Inspired by a trip to a village in Switzerland some years before, Michael Morpurgo wrote Mimi And The Mountain Dragon, which was also released as a children’s book.
“We’re delighted to be bringing this enchanting mix of music and storytelling to BBC One this Christmas”, said the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the one-off alongside Jan Younghusband. “Sir Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful book will be perfectly complemented by the music of Rachel Portman, The BBC Philharmonic and singers from the Hallé’s family of choirs – a real festive treat for all the family.”