The Debut of 40,000 Young Filmmakers
June 21, 2011 10:37 AM Subscribe
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It’s produced by the Tate Museums
in London, animated by Aardman Studios
, and stars the vocal talents of David Walliams
, Rik Mayall
, and Catherine Tate
-- and features the creative control of thousands of British kids. Coming soon, it’s The Itch Of The Golden Nit.
Created as part of London’s Cultural Olympiad,
a four-year culture festival leading up to the 2012 Olympics, the film will be the culmination of the Tate Movie Project,
a hands-on interactive program designed to teach children ages 5-13 about filmmaking and animation. Kids could contribute either by submitting drawings or story ideas to the project’s web site, or through visiting one of hundreds of drop-in workshops held throughout the UK; kids could also voting on each others’ ideas.
Nearly 40,000 children collaborated on casting choices, character creation and art, plot elements, and even sound effects to create the story of a magic louse who lives in the heart of the sun until he is kidnapped by Evil Queen Stella
– but then escapes through the help of an ordinary kid named Beanie and a superhero named Captain Iron Ears,
as well as some pirates and talking planets.
The Telegraph recently posted a making-of
video on its web site, and the film premieres in Trafalgar Square on July 23.