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

By Alexandra Jardine. 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."

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Dec 04, 2017
BBC Creative
Executive Creative Director:
Aidan McClure
Executive Creative Director:
Laurent Simon
Amar Marwaha
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:
Elliot Dear
Executive Producer:
Bart Yates
Senior Producer:
Benjamin Lole
Production Manager:
Alex Holberton

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