A Bear Named Wojtek / Mog’s Christmas

Year : 2024
Winning Category : Best Long Form Animation

Winner - British Animation Awards 2024

Displaced by the Second World War, a troop of Polish soldiers find an inseparable bond through an orphaned bear they name Wojtek.

Directors : Iain Gardner
Writer: Wojciech Lepianka
Music: Normand Roger
Producer: Iain Harvey, Wlodzimierz Matuszewski
Key Cast: Piotr Baumann, Tomek Borkowy, Richard Gadd, Michael Golab, Shauna MacDonald, Bill Paterson, Remi Rachuba, James Sutherland
Art Director: Rachel Bevan Baker
Animation Director: Ross Hogg
Compositor: Will Anderson
Sound Design and Mix: Pierre Yves Drapeau
Editor: Rachel Roberts, Will Winfield
Executive Producers: Nick Harvey, Joanna Ronikier

Mr and Mrs Thomas and their children Debbie and Nicky are busy making preparations for Christmas. With two Aunts and a jolly Uncle staying in the house, Mog, the beloved family cat, is feeling a bit ignored. When Mr Thomas and the two children arrive home with an enormous Christmas tree, Mog takes fright and scrambles onto the roof for safety. Regardless of the Thomas family’s attempts to rescue her, Mog refuses to come down. Despite everyone’s fears, Mog has a magical night in the snow with a cat themed Christmas dream. The next morning on Christmas Day, when a hungry Mog hears the mention of breakfast, she falls down the chimney and arrives in the kitchen to the surprise and relief of the family. At last Mog has everyone’s attention, and a Happy Christmas is had by all.

Director: Robin Shaw
Writers: Joanna Harrison
Producers: Ruth Fielding, Camilla Deakin
Key Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Zawe Ashton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Charlie Higson, Amelie Law, Miriam Margolyes, Teddy Skelton, Maggie Steed

Awarded prize artwork by Derek Hayes