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Raymond Briggs’ book ‘ETHEL and ERNEST’ – a true story – is to be made into an animated feature film for cinema release. This blog will give you all the news about the production as it progresses from seeking finance through to its release date.

Based on the book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this 90-minute hand drawn animated film follows the life and times of Briggs’ own parents who meet in the 1930s and live through four decades of social change in London. The film will be produced by British animation veteran John Coates, the man behind such timeless animated gems as The Snowman ( which was based on another Raymond Briggs book), Yellow Submarine (the Beatles animated feature), The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, Wind in the Willows and When the Wind Blows.

(Since this entry was made we are sorry to have to report that John Coates passed away on September 16th 2012 aged 84. Camilla Deakin and Lupus films have now taken over as the producer and production company on the Ethel and Ernest film.)

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gabriel Cervantes
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 23:48:56

    Hello! I am excited to see that this wonderful book is to be made into a movie! Ethel and Ernest is one of my favourite books, a wonderful tribute to his parents that reminds me of my elderly folks here in the US. I loved it so much that I wrote Mr. Briggs a letter, to which he graciously replied. I can’t wait to see the movie!


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