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Lupus Films Adapting 'Tiger Who Came To Tea' to TV

Classic children’s book will become a hand-drawn animated special.

LONDON -- Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books have announced a partnership to develop Judith Kerr’s beloved picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea for TV.

Lupus Films, which made the multi-award winning animated adaptations of Ethel & Ernest, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The Snowman & The Snowdog, is working alongside HarperCollins Children's Books to co-produce a new hand-drawn animated special based on the much-loved book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Written by Kerr, who celebrates her 95th birthday in June, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold more than 5 million copies since it was first published in 1968. Inspired by Judith’s daughter, Tacy, the story of Sophie and her extraordinary, stripy tea-time guest has enchanted generations of children and has become a timeless classic.

Produced by Lupus Films' founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding together with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books, the special will see a team of artists bring to life Kerr's vivid illustrations in Lupus Films' distinctive, hand-drawn animated style.

“We are thrilled that HarperCollins has chosen to work with Lupus Films on this very special project,” said Deakin. “It is an honor to be adapting such an iconic children's book in its landmark anniversary year and we will do our very best to capture the charm and magic of the original book to create a timeless film for children and family audiences."

 “HarperCollins Children’s Books leads the way in multi-platform storytelling. Quality and authenticity is paramount to our success and it is fantastic to be partnering with Lupus Films who share this vision and have created some of the most treasured animated films of recent years,” said Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “We are incredibly proud to publish Judith Kerr and how wonderful to be bringing her iconic picture book to life for television whilst we celebrate the golden anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Deakin and Fielding will be attending Kidscreen in Miami to secure presales.

Source: Lupus Films

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