Posted by: matthewkilford
Cast: Donald Barrett, William Brown, Olivia Brown-Huse, Lauren Campbell, Oscar Catlow, Alice Cattelani, Maddie Cheung, Caitlin Chislett, Jacob Collier, Aidan Cunnane, Jamie Dagg, Aimee Duncombe, Jack Fountain, Shannon Greatbach, Beth Hicks, Dylan Hill, Ollie Keen, Chris Knibbs, Maddie Lloyd, Sam Nelson, Josh Parillon, Beth Parish, Emillie Patching, Rebecca Perkin, Brandon Robinson, Amber Bates, Ethan Bucknell, Darcey Copeland-Brown, Georgia Cox, Saskia Cummings, Francis Foster, Damien Fountain, Charlotte Harridge, Emmie Hobbs, Josh Kaura, Daniel Howard, Daniel May, Misha Medvedev, Dee-Anne Moore, Asia Parillon, Jasmine Piper, Gemma Pollard, Oliver Richardson, Savi Sahota, Maisie Swash, Joe Turnock, Ollie Welted, Alisha Wood
Credits: Made by Bloxham Primary School; Animation Station: Matt Kilford, Emily Horler. Special thanks to Mrs Verinder, Mrs Way, Mrs Coles, Mrs Ralls, Mr Ingall
This is an absolutely charming animated version of The Tempest made by Year 6 pupils ( ages 10-11) of Bloxham Primary School, Oxfordshire, with help from local arts organisation Animation Station. It tells the essential story, with snatches of the most familiar lines, using children’s drawings animated in a rudimentary but entirely effective manner. What gives the film its power is the use of the children’s voices to tell the story and voice the characters. They tell the story with enthusiasm and conviction. While with some schoolchildren’s online Shakespeare you sense the eagerness of the teacher but wonder about the pupils’ comprehension of what they are being asked to do, here it is clear that they were fully engaged in both play and project. It is a film to persuade anyone, of any age, of the play’s magical qualities. The applause at the end is a delightful idea, and entirely merited.