Room on the Broom

Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have a knack for dreaming up characters who are likeable without being goody-goody. In this lovely animation, it’s a kindly, inept witch, who’s joined on her broomstick by a raggletaggle menagerie – and her protective cat.

The starry voice cast includes Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, David Walliams and Sally Hawkins, although so much of this story about family and friendship is told through gentle, dialogue-free visuals, these must be the smallest parts any of them have had for years.

About this programme

Animated adaptation of the children's book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the creators of modern classic The Gruffalo. It tells the story of a kind witch who invites a surprising number of animals to ride on her broom - much to the frustration of her cat. But when a fearsome dragon appears, what will the gang do? Gillian Anderson heads the voice cast as the witch, with Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams as the animals, Timothy Spall as the dragon and Simon Pegg as narrator.

Cast and crew

Cast

Narrator
Simon Pegg
Witch
Gillian Anderson
Cat
Rob Brydon
Dragon
Timothy Spall
Dog
Martin Clunes
Bird
Sally Hawkins
Frog
David Walliams

Crew

Director
Max Lang
Director
Jan Lachauer
Producer
Michael Rose
Producer
Martin Pope
Writer
Julia Donaldson
Writer
Axel Scheffler
Categories
Childrens

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