The Illuminated Film Company is a successful and distinctive animation studio based in London. Producer Iain Harvey (previously executive producer of FATHER CHRISTMAS, THE SNOWMAN and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS) formed the company in 1993, the year Illuminated produced its first animated series, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER STORIES, based upon the books by Eric Carle. The series has proved to be a great success, winning various festival prizes.
Illuminated followed this with T.R.A.N.S.I.T (1997) by Piet Kroon, which was nominated for a British Academy Award and the Cartoon d’Or, the animated feature film CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MOVIE, released in 2001 through Pathé in the UK, and distributed throughout the rest of the world by MGM, and the multi-award winning half-hour animation special WAR GAME (2002), a re-working of the poignant children’s picture book by Michael Foreman.
Illuminated has completed production on three series of LITTLE PRINCESS (100 x 11 mins), and two specials (2 x 22 mins). LITTLE PRINCESS is a four times BAFTA nominated animation series aimed at pre-school children and based on the highly successful picture books by Tony Ross.
We have completed a half hour animated Christmas special based on the picture book ‘ON ANGEL WINGS’, by world renowned author Michael Morpurgo. It stars the voices of Dominic Cooper, Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson and Colin McFarlane. ON ANGEL WINGS will be broadcast on the BBC in the UK Christmas 2014 and is being distributed by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
Illuminated is now focusing on new projects, with the priority always being a strong, script-led storyline, and is eclectic in its tastes. We have a very distinctive Polish co-production JOYETS (series for 3-6 years, based around a board game), from an exciting and talented young director. We have also developed an original pre-school idea, CHICKA CHICK EGG, the show focuses on the lives of a young family of birds growing up in a neighbourhood tree with very striking and attractive designs. Our most recent slate contains a unique idea based in the mangroves environment and follows a five year old crocodile called CAYMEN and friends as they explore and adventure.
For older kids (from 6+), we have a totally original series entitled THE RUBBISH WORLD OF DAVE SPUD created by a brilliantly clever director. Also in development is a comic and totally new series BUDDY & ELVIS (targeted at kids 5+) scripted by award winning Gumball writers Jon Foster and James Lamont.
For family audiences we have a Christmas favourite return in a new special, FATHER CHRISTMAS: ANOTHER BLOOMIN’ CHRISTMAS. Finally we are moving forward on our 70 minute animated feature, LITTLE PRINCESS AND THE LEGEND OF BLUE FOOT. This film is intended for children from 4 years and upwards, as well as the young at heart.