TerraGlyph Prods. and Lupus Films will bring some of Oscar Wilde’s best known children’s stories to television for U.K.’s Channel 4. The companies have begun production on a trilogy including The Nightingale and The Rose, The Selfish Giant and The Devoted Friend. The half-hour shorts are slated to air Christmas 2003.
With scripts adapted by Andrew Clover, the films will be animated in three different styles and will be framed by sequences shot with live actors and converted to animation via computer software.
Inspired by a Grammy-nominated Warner Teldec music CD featuring readings of two of the stories, the films are being financed by Channel 4, TerraGlyph and Warner Vision with assistance for the Irish Film Board. Channel 4 will handle international sales.
Located a short distance from Wilde’s birthplace, TerraGlyph is Ireland’s largest animation production studio. Credits include the feature films Carnivale, Help! I’m a Fish and Duck Ugly. The latter is set for an Easter 2003 theatrical release.
Nearly a year old, U.K.-based Lupus Films was established by the former Channel 4 animation commissioning team of Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding. The company is in production on a Christmas special based on Ian Whybrow’s bestselling book Little Wolf’s Book of Badness to be broadcast on Channel 4.