Macmillan Childrens Books

Room on the Broom

A magical tale of friendship and family about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, but is there room for everyone? Animated Short. [Premiered on BBC One, Christmas 2012. Starring Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Timothy Spall, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams]


Room on the Broom is a much loved best seller written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. First published in 2001 by Macmillan Childrens Books, the book has been translated into 28 different languages and is hugely popular in USA, where it topped the children’s picture book charts in the USA for 6 weeks over Halloween 2012.

In 2012 Magic Light Pictures produced a half hour animated special based on Room on the Broom. First broadcast in the UK on BBC One, the film was seen by 7.6m viewers during the Christmas period.


The film has been nominated for an Oscar and won the 2013 BAFTA Children's Award for Animation. In March 2013, it was the recipient of the Royal Television Society Children's Programme award. The jury's citation described the film as "exceptionally rich, moving and powerful - a work of genius."

"Exceptionally rich, moving and powerful - a work of genius."

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Room on the Broom

The film.

A magical story about a kind witch, who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the broom snaps in two and the witch encounters a dragon, everyone has to work together to defeat him.

Creative details
Directed by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Based on the best-selling children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Adapted by Julia Donaldson and Max Lang.

Music composed by René Aubry

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins, Davis Walliams, Timothy Spall.

Produced in association with Studio Soi, BBC and ZDF.

Distributed on DVD in the UK by Entertainment One and in the USA by N Circle.

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Room on the Broom: Games

Room on the Broom: Games, is available from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon.

A collection of 8 magical, fun filled games based on the best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler’s. Ideal for 3 to 7 year olds, the beautiful Room on the Broom: Games are designed to inspire creativity and learning.

  • Join Witch and her friends:
  • Fly from star-to-star creating amazing pictures in the sky. What picture will you make?
  • Cat wants you to catch things, which are flying past in the wind. Watch out for the squirrel!
  • Help the Dog, Bird and Frog find things the friendly Witch has dropped…
  • Create your own beautiful star pictures – move the stars, change their colours and fly the Witch between them!
  • Help the Dragon eat his favourite food – but make sure he doesn’t eat anything else…
  • Steer the ‘magnificent broom’ through the night sky, catching magical letters in this creative literacy game.
  • No in-app purchases mean parents and players can feel comfortable.

The app was developed in conjunction with Stormcloud Games Ltd.

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Room on the Broom: Flying

“The Witch tapped the broomstick and whoosh! they were gone.”

Room on the Broom: Flying, available from the App Store and Amazon, lets children take control of Witch’s magical broomstick and zoom through the sky.

Specially designed for 3 – 7 years olds, Room on the Broom: Flying is pure gaming pleasure to be enjoyed again and again.

  • There’s room on the broom for everyone so take your seat with Cat, Dog, Bird and Frog, but watch out for Dragon!
  • Collect stars as you fly – what will your high score be?
  • Pick up all the friends – Dog, Bird and Frog and fly together!
  • Beware of the Dragon. He’s looking for Witch and chips and breathing fire behind you!
  • Catch letters to spell phonic friendly words!
  • Take off using the simple and intuitive mechanic!
  • Soar over the moors and mountains from the beautiful children’s picture book!

The app was developed in conjunction with Kazou GmbH.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties or have any queries please email office@magiclightpictures.com for help.


Magic Light Pictures distributes Room on the Broom internationally in all media.
Current international broadcast partners include ZDF Germany; PBS Sprout USA; ABC Australia; France 5 France; Canal + Spain, VPRO Netherlands; SVT, NRK, YLE, RUV, DR, Scandinavia; Noga Israel; RAI Italy; Disney Latin America, EMEA & Asia
Our current DVD partners include Entertainment One UK, France & Netherlands; Concorde Germany, NCircle North America; Roadshow Australia; Svensk, Scandinavia
Room on the Broom has had successful cinema releases including in France in 2013 by Les Films du Preau.
If you are interested in acquiring TV, DVD or other rights, please contact us.

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Room on the Broom has been introduced to North America, Australasia, Germany and Scandinavia.

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