Dahl's classic novel is brought to life by Cosgrove Hall. The tale
on a Big Friendly Giant - the BFG of
the title - and a young girl called Sophie.
One night Sophie is snatched from her
orphanage bed by the BFG and carted
off to Dream Country. The BFG spends his
days and nights catching pleasant
dreams and blowing them into childrens' bedrooms.
But trouble is looming in
the form of Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater,
a nasty pair of giants who
like to eat children. With these two
scallywags in hot pursuit, Sophie and the
BFG enlist the help of the Queen of England.
Sophie invents a dream for the
Queen who, in return, allows them to use
her Army to defeat their child-hungry
Cosgrove Hall's film was first broadcast
on ITV on Christmas Day 1989. It was
originally conceived as a theatrical feature
but was downgraded along the way.
It still covered its production costs handsomely
through home video sales and
was well-received by critics and viewers.
The film went on to be nominated for a
Best Children's Programme 1990 BAFTA Award.
The voice of the BFG was recorded by
David "Del-Boy" Jason. Jason was a
Cosgrove Hall regular at this time, having
already created the lead voices
Count Duckula, and Toad
in The Wind in the Willows.
Amongst the animation crew was ex-Fleetway
comics artist Joe McCaffrey,
The music and songs for "The BFG"
were penned by Malcolm Rowe and Keith
Hopwood of Pluto studios. The duo had earlier
scored Alias the Jester,
"Wind in the Willows" and more for Cosgrove Hall, and Keith
formerly a member of those happy-hippies
from the 60's, Herman's Hermits...
to the film version, in 1986, cartoonist Bill Asprey (Love Is...)
Brian Lee adapted "The BFG" into
a hugely-successful comic strip version. With
Roald Dahl's approval they developed the
characters and scenarios to generate
a strip which eventually ran for 12 years
in "The Mail on Sunday".
Big Friendly Facts
to Roald Dahl's wife Liccy Dahl, "The BFG" was her late
the movie version happens to be one of Brian Cosgrove's
The character of the giant was actually based on a chap called
Wally Saunders, who
built Roald's writing shed in the garden of his
house in Buckinghamshire...
The character of Sophie is named after Roald Dahl's granddaughter
Sophie Dahl who,
as most will know, is a rather successful
Trivia Hounds will notice that the boy who dreams he becomes
invisible has a DangerMouse
poster above his bed!
"The BFG Film Storybook" was published
by Puffin Books in 1989, and it
re-tells the Cosgrove Hall film in comic strip
form - the panels being stills
from the film...
BFG on DVD
2 / Prism / April 2002
Hall, Brian Cosgrove
exec prod: John
adapted by John Hambley
from Roald Dahl's 1984 book
Malcolm Rowe, Keith Hopwood
film editing: Nigel
David Jason (BFG)
Thorne (Queen of England)
Thornton (Mr Tibbs)
Knowles (Head of the Air Force)
Berkley (Head of the Army)
Talog (Mrs Clonkers)
Hibbert (additional voices)