Wells Cathedral Chorister, Ozzie Latta, is to feature in Channel 4’s Christmas Day screening of the classic children's story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! by Michael Rosen.
It will be a busy Christmas for chorister Ozzie, aged 10, who will not only be singing as part of the Wells Cathedral Choir, but is also making his Channel 4 debut on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as the voice of ‘Max’ in the animated adaptation of much-loved childrens' book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! by Michael Rosen.
The film has been created by Lupus Films, an award winning London-based animation company who produced the hit show The Snowman and the Snowdog and this year released a critically-acclaimed feature film, Ethel & Earnest, also by Raymond Briggs.
Ozzie plays Max, a four-year old boy who sets off, with his siblings, on an intrepid bear hunt during which they encounter dangerous obstacles: whirling snow storms; thick, oozing mud; deep rivers and finally a big dark cave...
We're going on a bear hunt,
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.
Ozzie joins a prestigious cast including Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) who breathe life into the brand-new characters of Mum, Grandma, and Dad respectively. Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book, will play the Bear.
Made with exquisite, hand-drawn animation, the film is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.
Interviewed for a documentary about the making of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! Ozzie said he loves playing Max, "Because he's an adventurous boy who likes to explore outside and climb trees."
The soundtrack for the film ‘Me & You’ has been written and recorded by acclaimed singer-songwriter George Ezra, with the City of London Sinfonia, at Abbey Road studios.
‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!’ Channel 4 Christmas Eve at 7:30pm, and Christmas Day at 5:25pm
You can watch the trailer below: