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Zog the dragon animation brings magic this Christmas

Zog the dragon animation brings magic this Christmas

With a little over a week until Christmas we have bought the Christmas edition of the Radio Times. This is one of our Christmas traditions. Is there anyone who doesn’t love to see what they can watch with the family over the Christmas holidays?

BBC One and Magic Light Pictures recently announced that an animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Zog is set for BBC One this Christmas. This follows the success of The Highway Rat’s Christmas premiere in 2017, voiced by David Tennant and Rob Brydon amongst other stars. Previous Magic Light productions include The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. We have enjoyed all of them.

Zog the dragon animation brings magic this Christmas

Zog is about a loveable young dragon finding his way in a magical, yet challenging world. Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

We love this story by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We love all of their books but my little girl loves dragons and this remains one of our favourites, as does the sequel Zog and the Flying Doctors. I love the fact that although it features princesses and knights it has a twist, perfect for my little tomboy. Zog was first published in 2010 by Alison Green Books (an imprint of Scholastic). It won the Galaxy National Children’s Book of the Year Award and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Back to Christmas, and the animated half hour is being directed by Max Lang, Oscar nominated director of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo, and by Daniel Snaddon, co-director of Stick Man, and the film is being produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures. Animation services are again being provided by Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town. Voiced by Sir Lenny Henry as the Narrator, Hugh Skinner as Zog, Tracey Ullman as Madame Dragon, Patsy Ferran as Princess Pearl, and Kit Harington as Sir Gadabout. There are even rumoured to be some special vocals by Rob Brydon! Don’t forget to tune in at 4.50 pm on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

You may be interested in some of our other Julia Donaldson story book posts and crafts:

Gruffalo Cupcakes

Gruffalo Bento

Gruffalo Crumble Cupcakes

Gruffalo activity trail

Gruffalo story stones

15 Gruffalo activities

How to make a Gruffalo cave

Gruffalo Storytelling session

Stick Man activity trail

Ladybird stones (What The Ladybird Heard)

How to craft Stick Man (Stick Man)

Room on the Broom pom pom art (Room on the Broom)

Superworm activity trail

Beach treasure Tiddler craft (Tiddler the Story Telling Fish)

A Squash and a Squeeze activity for toddlers (A Squash and a Squeeze)

Making our own Superworm (Superworm)

Stick Man suncatcher craft (Stick Man)



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    December 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    We loved watching this yesterday, it was so authentic to the book!

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      December 26, 2018 at 10:19 am

      We did too, made for the perfect Christmas afternoon treat.

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    December 27, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Ooh I wonder if my nephews watched this, it sounds like it is something they would love and they too are massive fans of the Gruffalo x

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    December 27, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I wonder if my nephews watched this, it sounds like they would live it x

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    mellissa williams
    December 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I used to love reading Julia Donaldson books to my son when he was young. This sounds really good

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