956. Room on the Broom – Max Lang, Jan Lachauer

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SUMMARY: A witch allows a series of animals to join her on her broom after they help her find objects she had lost, much to the annoyance of her cat.

WHY IT’S HERE: After successfully directing ‘The Gruffalo’, Max Lang once again found himself Oscar nominated for his second Julia Donaldson adaptation ‘Room on the Broom’, alongside new directing partner Jan Lachauer. Although ‘The Gruffalo’ has a greater air of the classic bedtime story, ‘Room on the Broom’ is continued evidence of Donaldson’s natural skill as a storyteller and its symbolic tale of team work and friendship will seep into children’s consciousness without then feeling manipulated. Assembling another star voice cast, including the return of Rob Brydon, ‘Room on the Broom’ maintained the high watermark for subsequent Donaldson adaptations, which have fast become a holiday staple.

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