Tuesday, 2 January 2018


There was nothing exciting this Christmas on British television. Except the Doctor Who special and this Highway Rat, an animated gem aired on December 25 on BBC One.

A masked rat rides along the highway and steals food from travelling animals until he meets a duck who gives him a lesson.

The creative forces behind the adaptations of The Gruffalo (2009), The Gruffalo's Child (2011), Room on the Broom (2012), Stick Man (2015) and the two-part version of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes (2016) give us another pure wonder: a superb 30-minute animation of The Highway Rat, the children's book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The extraordinary David Tennant leads a splendid vocal cast as the Highway Rat, alongside Rob Brydon (Narrator/Horse), Frances de la Tour (Rabbit), Tom Hollander (Squirrel), Nina Sosanya (Duck) and Husaam Kiani (Kitten). Adapted and directed by Jeroen Jaspaert, The Highway Rat is produced by Magic Light Pictures and Orange Eyes Productions in association with BBC and ZDF.

Produced by Michael Rose & Martin Pope. Music composed by René Aubry. Co-produced by Mike Buckland. Barney Goodland and Daryl Shute are the associate producers. Animation services by Triggerfish Animation. Produced with the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Union and the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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