Based on the much-loved children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, then mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.
The first film sees young Snow White and Red Riding Hood become lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen, whilst Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves - one who’s eaten her grandma and then dressed in her clothes, while the other can’t help himself from eating some unsuspecting pigs.
In the second film Jack grows up with his heart set on next-door neighbour Cindy. She has her eye turned by the eligible Prince at the ball, and Jack gets distracted by a giant beanstalk at the bottom of his garden. Will they find true love?
Overarching both films, our narrator, a big bad wolf, has all the answers as well as a story of his own to tell.
Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes are two half-hour films produced by Magic Light Pictures, which ingeniously interweave five of Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The Narrator Wolf tells the stories of: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Three Little Pigs, Jack And The Beanstalk and Cinderella.
The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.
Directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, co-directed by Bin Han To. Produced for Magic Light Pictures by Martin Pope and Michael Rose, the animation has been created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town. Commissioned for BBC One by Director of Content Charlotte Moore; Executive Producer for the BBC is Elizabeth Kilgarriff; Executive Producer for Roald Dahl Literary Estate is Dominic Gregory.
Magic Light’s previous Christmas premieres include Stick Man, which premiered on BBC One last Christmas with record ratings of 9.3 million viewers; Room On The Broom (jointly directed by Jan Lachauer), which premiered on BBC One in Christmas 2012; The Gruffalo (2009) (jointly directed by Jakob Schuh) and The Gruffalo’s Child (2011).
Cast character voices
Rob Brydon - Rolf, Banker Pig, King, Sister Number One Bertie Carvel - Mirror, Huntsman, Senior Dwarf, Prince Gemma Chan – Snow White Tamsin Greig – Babysitter, Miss Maclahose, Grandma Rose Leslie – Red Riding Hood Bel Powley - Cindy David Walliams – Rex, Twig Pig, Sister Number Two, Jack’s Mother Dominic West – Wolf, Magic Fairy, Giant Isaac Hempstead Wright - Jack