A Little Girl Gets a Talent Show Surprise in BBC's Charming Christmas Animation

Elliot Dear of Blinkink Worked on Film Combining Stop-Motion and CGI

Published On
Dec 04, 2017

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A little girl enters a talent show, seemingly ignored by her work-distracted dad, in a charming Christmas animation from U.K.'s BBC One.

The two-minute film, which will run throughout the holiday period on the channel, follows a 10-year-old girl who practices day in and day out to give her dance performance. Her dad is always with her but he's busy, and seemingly unaware of what she's doing--until the moment that really matters.

Created in-house by BBC Creative, it was directed and animated by Elliot Dear at Blinkink, and while animated using stop-motion, the facial expressions were created and mapped on the puppets using CGI. Puppet makers MacKinnon & Saunders (Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr Fox" and Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" and "Frankenweenie") also worked on the spot.

Dear says in a statement: "The story is about an emotional connection between a girl and her dad. We wanted to make a film that had the charming, handmade qualities of stop-motion animation, the tiny imperfections that let you know it's been done for real. The aim was to combine this with CG animation-- which we used for the faces--in order to capture the tiny nuances of human facial expressions, enabling the characters to be very emotive without the use of dialogue."


Dec 04, 2017
Brand :
Client :
Agency :
BBC Creative
Executive Creative Director :
Aidan McClure
Executive Creative Director :
Laurent Simon
Creative :
Amar Marwaha
Creative :
Arvid Harnqvist
Agency Producer :
Ken Rodrigues
Project Manager :
Astrid Reiner
Agency Production Manager :
Jenny Broad
Portfolio Head of Marketing :
Kerry Moss
Marketing Manager :
Harriet Gunning
Marketing Executive :
Claire Grainger
Production Company :
Director :
Elliot Dear
Executive Producer :
Bart Yates
Senior Producer :
Benjamin Lole
Production Manager :
Alex Holberton

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