Stick Man premiered on BBC One Christmas Day at 4:45pm and garnered 9.28 million viewers. This record number put the film in 4th place as the most viewed programme of the day. The half-hour animated film is based on the much-loved children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Stick Man tells the tale of a happy go lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.
The half-hour animation features an all-star voice cast with Martin Freeman as Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville as Santa, Rob Brydon, Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Saunders and Russell Tovey. Directed by Jeroen Jaspaert and co-directed by Daniel Snaddon the film was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures and animated by Triggerfish Animation.