Irish studio Brown Bag Films is directing an animated special based on a story by ‘Angela’s Ashes’ author Frank McCourt. “Angela’s Christmas” is an adaptation of McCourt’s only children’s book and Oscar-nominated Ruth Negga (“Loving”) will play Angela’s mother character. Lucy O’Connell, who voiced Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea” by Tomm Moore, will be Angela’s voice.
The Brown Bag “Octonauts” studio was acquired by 9 Story Media Group based in Canada in 2015, and 9 Story Distribution Intl. will sell “Angela’s Christmas” internationally.
The half-hour film was written by Will Collins (“Song of the Sea”) and Damien O’Connor (“Doc McStuffins”). Ellen McCourt, Frank’s widow, is executive producer of the project and Irish-American actor, writer and politician Malachy McCourt, brother of Frank McCourt, recounts.
McCourt’s 1996 novel “Angela’s Ashes,” based on her childhood in Brooklyn and Limerick, was adapted for the big screen in Alan Parker’s 1990 feature film of the same name. “Angela’s Christmas” is set in the movie theater. Ireland from the early 1900s and follows Angela’s attempt to ensure her family have a safe and enjoyable Christmas. It’s based on a story McCourt’s mother told him.
CG animation is underway at Brown Bag Films’ Dublin studio and the special will be delivered in November. The project was developed with the support of the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish public broadcaster RTE.
“I am delighted to see this beloved story come to life in the form of an animated film,” said Ellen McCourt. “Brown Bag Films’ unmatched artistry in animation, combined with its Irish roots, makes them the perfect partner for telling Frank’s children’s classic in a new way. “
Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director of Brown Bag Films, added, “McCourt has a way of capturing the spirit of young Angela that will make you laugh and cry. The story lends itself beautifully to animation and we are delighted to share it with audiences around the world. “