Time and time again, Oscar-nominated production company Magic Light Pictures has brought a sprinkle of festive magic to our screens with their charming adaptations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved books. This Christmas, gather the family around the TV for their adaptation of The Snail and The Whale. Here’s everything you need to know about The Snail and the Whale movie, as well as some fun activities to keep little fans of The Snail and the Whale entertained over Christmas and beyond. ​


What is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Snail and the Whale about?

The Snail and the Whale is a story of two friends on an epic adventure. A little snail longs to see the world and hitches a ride on the tail of an enormous whale. The unlikely friends go on an incredible journey and see icebergs and volcanoes, penguins and sharks. But then disaster strikes! The whale is beached in a bay . . . can the little snail’s big plan save the day?  


When is The Snail and the Whale on TV?

The Snail and the Whale will premiere during Christmas 2019.


Who stars in The Snail and the Whale?

Rob Brydon, who has starred in all Magic Light’s animated specials, will voice Whale, while Sally Hawkins, who appeared in Paddington and The Shape of Water, will star as Snail. The animation will also feature the voices of Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show, Murder in Successville) as Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, Victoria) as the Narrator. Rob Brydon said, ‘The Snail and the Whale is a longstanding favourite in our house. It’s an epic journey across the globe, where the tiniest creature and the mightiest mammal experience the vastness of our planet together.’


What other Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books have been made into films?

Magic Light Pictures have also adapted The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stickman, The Highway Rat and Zog into animated films.


If your children are fans of The Snail and the Whale book and film, they’ll love these activities from The Snail and the Whale Nature Trail.


Children who enjoy The Snail and the Whale can explore Julia Donaldson's other books with Axel Scheffler and other talented illustrators.