The excitement is building for the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ animated film that will be the star of the Christmas TV schedule this year. If you’re wondering just how Channel 4 transformed this short story into a half-hour adventure, The Mail Online have written a great review here revealing the secrets behind the film.

Join the bear hunt and tune in to Channel 4 at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve, with a repeat at 5:25pm on Christmas Day.

Rosie and the Bear

All 4 Games, Walker Productions and Lupus Films have partnered to launch an exciting new children’s app based on the film adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

Swish through the grass, splosh through the river, tiptoe into the cave and even play with the friendly bear himself. The brand new We’re Going on a Bear Hunt children’s gaming app is full of lots of fun activities to keep your little ones busy, from bug hunting in the long wavy grass to searching for crabs at the beach. This fun-packed game places children within the story,  inviting them to join in the bear hunt for themselves!

The animated film of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will premiere on Christmas Eve at 7:30pm on Channel 4. But until then, children can interact with the story by downloading the app from the Apple, Android and Amazon app stores now for £2.99.

 

Check out the official game trailer here:

 

 

 

Bear Hunt Plush

 

Join the bear hunt and pick up your very own Bear Hunt plush toy, launched this month from Aurora!

These gorgeous Bear Hunt plush bears are now available in stores this month (in small, medium or large size) – in plenty of time for you to take home for Christmas!

You can pick up this bear from a range of retailers, including Waterstones, Foyles, Harrods, Blue Diamond Garden Centres and Haskins.

Martin Ringer at Auroraworld, says, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is an evergreen property that we have long wanted to develop into a plush character. The upcoming Channel 4 animation has given us the opportunity to make this dream a reality. Auroraworld has a long history of working with many classic children’s literary properties. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a fantastically exciting addition, and we know it will be a great success.”

Julia Posen, EVP and Commercial Director of Walker Books’ Group Rights and Development Division says, “Aurora has done an amazing job of bringing the character of bear to life and we are delighted to have them on board as our plush partner for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. With the film set to be a firm family favourite over Christmas, this beautiful bear is an irresistible gift for fans of all ages.”

Don’t miss this one-off half hour special on Channel 4 at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve, with a repeat at 5:25pm on Christmas Day!

This Christmas, we’re very excited that Channel 4 will be showing a half-hour adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, brought to life by the likes of Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams.

This festive adventure tells the story of Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog who embark on an adventure a day before Christmas after their parents (Colman and Williams) go to the rescue of grandma (Ferris). Spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzlies, the children go on a bear hunt through long grass and squelchy mud in a Christmassy tale ideal for family viewing.

Join the bear hunt and tune in to Channel 4 at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve, with a repeat at 5:25pm on Christmas Day.

Here’s a sneak preview…

With Christmas just around the corner, The Mirror have released a Christmas TV sneak preview of the best things on the box this festive season, featuring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

The special animated adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will be airing on Channel 4 on Christmas Day, produced by the makers of hugely-popular The Snowman and The Snowdog animation, Made with exquisite, hand-drawn animation, this ‘breathtaking’ film is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature. Don’t miss it!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen and George Ezra

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This Christmas, Channel 4 will be airing a special animated adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! And it has just been announced that acclaimed British singer-songwriter George Ezra has written and recorded the theme song.

The 23-year-old, whose debut album Wanted On Voyage was one of the UK’s best-selling of 2014, has penned a distinctive, sweet song called Me & You for the film’s soundtrack. Me & You marks the first time that George has composed a bespoke song for film or television.

Speaking at Abbey Road Studios, where the film’s score was recorded, George Ezra said: “Growing up this story was one of my absolute favourites and my mum read it to all of us for many years. In fact she still reads it to her class at school. But this animation is so much more than just a Bear Hunt and I cannot wait for everybody to see it this Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.”

The original score for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is composed and conducted by the multi-award-winning Stuart Hancock (Atlantis, Crazyhead) and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with City of London Sinfonia. The 53-piece ensemble was joined by 50 young singers from the London Youth Choir.

Stuart Hancock, composer, said: “It’s been a real thrill to create the music score for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and I’ve loved helping tell its story and capture all the new emotions that the animators have brought to it. Recording with City of London Sinfonia and London Youth Choir has been a blast and I can’t wait for the world to see this at Christmas!”
This Christmas, Channel 4’s half hour film will expand the universe of the much-loved book for a truly festive family treat. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) will breathe life into the brand new characters of Mum, Grandma and Dad respectively. Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book, will play the Bear.

Produced by the makers of Channel 4’s hugely-popular The Snowman and The Snowdog animation, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been made with exquisite, hand-drawn animation. The film is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.

The official We’re Going On A Bear Hunt soundtrack featuring George Ezra’s Me & You will be available from Friday, 23rd December .

We’ve got a couple of fantastic editions of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt out this month.

The classic chant-aloud story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury if perfect in a new board book edition, and you can bring the story to life as a pop-up adventure in the new Pop-up book!

 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Pop-Up Book Cover We're Going on a Bear Hunt Board Book Cover

Channel 4 are going to air  a special animated adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

Prodcuded by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the 30-minute special will air on Channel 4 in 2016.

When Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog are left home alone one day before Christmas after their parents go the rescue of Grandma, the children decide it would be fun to go on a bear hunt, spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzly bears. After swishing and swashing through the long grass, splashing and sploshing through rivers and squilching and squelching through mud, Rufus the dog picks up the scent of a bear…

Incorporating the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the original book, which last year celebrated 25 years as an international bestseller and a firm family favourite at bedtime, We’re Going  on a Bear Hunt will enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and the determination to confront your fears head on.

Bear Hunt Channel 4 Adaptation Image

©Lupus Films/Walker Books 2015

Michael Rosen says:

“I am absolutely delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned this animation. Lupus have a great record in this field and I am very excited to be part of the project. Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful art work provides a powerful family saga, full of imagined or real trials and these pictures will give a basis for a moving Christmas drama.”

Jay Hunt, Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, says:

“Going on a Bear Hunt is a magical book that will be brought alive for a whole new audience by Lupus Films. I can’t wait.”

Ruth Fielding, producer, says:

“We’re delighted that Channel 4 have commissioned us to retell this classic story and bring to life its beautiful illustrations with our hand drawn animation style. We hope audiences will enjoy the film for many years to come.”

Helen Oxenbury says:

“I’m so looking forward to seeing the book brought to life in this way. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to even more children and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

 

We did it! On July 15th 2014, 1,438 children broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Reading Lesson, celebrating 25 years of the classic picture book We’re Going On a Bear Hunt at Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex UK!

Walker Books and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) hosted the Largest reading lesson starring Michael Rosen, the author of the best-selling picture book.

“What a beautiful day!” for the young brave bear-lovers, all wearing paper bear ears, and enjoying a unique fun-packed Bear Hunt reading lesson, created especially for the occasion.

“We’re not scared”  as the event was also live-streamed into schools across the UK, making this a national celebration.  100’s of schools and nurseries countrywide, totalling over 30,000 children, joined in the live fun Largest Reading Lesson: from Armagh to Birmingham, Caerphilly to Cornwall, Dunbartonshire to Jersey, Staffordshire to Yorkshire and everywhere in-between; and not forgetting the RNIB’s Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry and the RNIB Sunshine House School in Northwood London.

“We really did catch a big one!” said Michael Rosen, “We did it! We broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Reading Lesson by taking 1,438 children on the biggest ever bear hunt! The response from everyone for the 25th anniversary of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has just been incredible. Thank you to all the schools who took part live on the day and to all those schools and libraries around the country who tuned in live online and enjoyed the fun, thanks everyone for helping to raise much-needed funds for RNIB. We’ve all had a real adventure together.”

The Largest Reading Lesson with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was created by Walker Books and RNIB to celebrate 25 years of the ultimate join-in book with Michael Rosen’s bouncy text and Helen Oxenbury’s warm and funny pictures, including the nearly scary bear; all of which has made it irresistible to children and parents worldwide.

Every child involved in the events countrywide donated £1 to Read for RNIB Day to help open up a world of reading and make more books accessible to blind and partially sighted children.

“Swishy Swashy! Squelch Squerch!” what a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title breaking day!

If you require a copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen in audio or Braille, please contact RNIB on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or email fundraising@rnib.org.uk.

You can watch the whole event in our on demand video below!

Take a look at some of our photos from the day below!

The unique Bookbench for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt forms part of Books About Town’s trail of 50 BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment.

The Books About Town BookBench for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The Books About Town BookBench for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Find out where the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt BookBench is on the Books About Town website.

Other children’s BookBenches include The World of Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, Dr Seuss, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Take a look at them all on the Books About Town website.