We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Comes to Channel 4

“We’re going on a bear hunt.

We’re going to catch a big one.

What a beautiful day!

We’re not scared.”

Channel 4 has commissioned a 30 minute animated special based on classic children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the hugely popular illustrated children’s book written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published by Walker Books.

If, like us, this book has been well loved in your family then this will be one not to miss.

We're going on a bear hunt animated special on channel 4


Produced by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, (which received an audience of 7.1 million when it premiered on Channel 4 in December 2012, rising to a total of 11 million over the entire Christmas period) it’s set to be a beautiful film – and probably a little emotional too. Look out for it airing on Channel 4 in 2016!

When Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog are left home alone one day before Christmas after their parents go the rescue of Grandma, the children decide it would be fun to go on a bear hunt, spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzly bears. After swishing and swashing through the long grass, splashing and sploshing through rivers and squilching and squelching through mud, Rufus the dog picks up the scent of a bear…

Incorporating the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the original book, which last year celebrated 25 years as an international bestseller and a firm family favourite at bedtime, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and the determination to confront your fears head on.

Michael Rosen says: “I am absolutely delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned this animation. Lupus have a great record in this field and I am very excited to be part of the project. Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful art work provides a powerful family saga, full of imagined or real trials and these pictures will give a basis for a moving Christmas drama.”

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