‘The Amazing Maurice’ is the first animated feature film to be based on a Terry Pratchett novel – ‘The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents’. The novel was the 28th in the Discworld® series and the first primarily written for a younger audience, winning the Carnegie Medal in 2001.
The film tells the tale of Maurice, a large talking cat, who travels from town to town offering to solve their sudden rat problem. He unveils Keith, a young boy who can play the pipe quite well, and the rats march out of town to the relief of the townsfolk. Maurice and the money received from the grateful town suddenly disappear and he reappears a suitable distance away to count the money with Keith and the rats! But these are no ordinary rats – they talk and wear clothes and dream of an island paradise where rats and humans live together in peace. All goes well with their ‘rat scam’ until they reach the town of Bad Blintz, where they meet a book obsessed girl, Malicia, who leads them on an adventure to solve the mystery of her town…
This animated family film is produced with Narrativia, the independent production company set up by the author in 2012 and is a co-production between Cantilever Media and Ulysses Filmproduktion for Sky Cinema.
The film stars Hugh Laurie (Avenue 5) as Maurice, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Malicia, David Thewlis (Wonder Woman) as Boss Man, Himesh Patel (Yesterday) as Keith, Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man) as Peaches, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as The Mayor, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Dangerous Beans, Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials) as Darktan, Rob Brydon (Roald & Beatrix: The Tale of the Curious Mouse) as The Pied Piper, Julie Atherton (Avenue Q) as Nourishing YouTuber Joe Sugg as Sardines, and Peter Serafinowicz as DEATH.
The Amazing Maurice, a Sky Original will be released on Sky Cinema in the UK, and by Telepool in Germany in 2022 and in cinemas worldwide.
Emely Christians (Ulysses Filmproduktion)
Andrew Baker (Cantilever Media)
Robert Chandler (Cantilever Media)
Rob Wilkins (Narrativia)
Julia Stuart (Sky)
Terry Rossio based on the book by Terry Pratchett
Production & Character Design and Art Direction:
Character Concept Art:
Ulysses Filmproduktion www.ulyssesfilms.de
Cantilever Media www.cantilever.media
Red Star 3D
MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
The Creative MEDIA Programme of the European Union
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