Scenes from The BFG.

Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s novel, The BFG has been made into a 90-minute animated film to be transmitted on the ITV Network this Christmas. Cosgrove Hall Productions – the Manchester- based subsidiary of Thames Television, have produced the film, which cost three million pounds.

David Jason features as the voice of The BEG (the Big Friendly Giant) and Amanda Root is nine-year-old Sophie, the little girl snatched from her bed one night at the beginning of a startling, funny, exciting adventure which features one good giant, lots of bad giants, the Queen of England, a fizzy drink, helicopters and Dream Country.

The film also includes the voices of Angela Thorne as the Queen of England; Mollie Sugden as Mary, her maid; Frank Thornton as Tibbs, her butler and Don Henderson as the Giants, Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater.

The music is by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe, who also composed the music and songs for Cosgrove Hall’s award winning The Wind in the Willows. Adapted by John Hambly, The BFG is produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove, and directed by Brian Cosgrove.

Printed in Animator Issue 26 (Spring 1990)