The voice cast for Channel 4, Lupus Films and Walker Productions’ upcoming animated film We’re going on a Bear Hunt has been announced.
The half hour film, which is set to air this Christmas, will feature the voices of Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams.
Piers Wenger, head of drama for Channel 4, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Olivia, Mark and Pam on board this fantastic family adventure, and Michael playing the bear is an inspired touch.
“It’s a brilliant cast for a brilliant, classic story; I can’t wait for Christmas.”
Based on the novel written by Michael Rosen, the film will bring to life the adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog.
Camilla Deakin, producer for Lupus Films, added: “We are thrilled to have attracted the services of such a high-calibre cast to bring our grown-up characters to life.
“Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams are wonderful actors with highly distinctive styles, and we’re delighted that they are joining us for this timeless adventure, along with Michael Rosen who makes a very convincing bear.”
Olivia Colman, who plays Mum in the short film, commented: “What appealed to me about the story is the bond the family have – they care for, and look after each other.
“Another wonderful aspect of the story is that it’s kids enjoying a natural adventure with their imaginations, fresh air and the wilderness. I love that they commit to their adventure…I would like to go with them.”