×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Peppa Pig’s ‘Festival of Fun’ to Get Theatrical Release in U.K.

Peppa Pig is set for a big-screen moment as part of her birthday celebrations. A two-part special featuring new characters will play alongside never-seen-before episodes of “Peppa Pig” in British cinemas as part of next year’s 15th anniversary celebrations of the smash-hit preschool property. “Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun” will launch theatrically in the U.K. in the spring of 2019.

While younger fans may be used to watching several short episodes of their favorite shows back-to-back, extending preschool TV to cinema is challenging. The producer of Peppa, eOne-owned Astley Baker Davies, has decided to show multiple new episodes of the show in their original five-minute form. A similar format was employed with “Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience” in 2017, which took in £3.7 million ($4.7 million) at the U.K. box office.

The “Festival of Fun” episodes will see the Peppa characters dance in the mud at a children’s festival, celebrate Grandpa Pig’s birthday, and go to the cinema to see Super Potato’s big movie. They will be connected to interactive elements that ask the audience to play and sing along. The two-part special will feature new locations and characters. There will be 10 episodes in all in the one-hour show.

“Peppa Pig” plays on Viacom’s Channel 5 Milkshake and Nick Jr. in the U.K. No date has been set yet for the new “Festival of Fun” episodes to run on TV, but the expectation is that they will launch next fall. A DVD and download release will have the new installments as well as the interactive content.

The animated show is one of eOne’s key properties. Last year it announced that 117 new episodes were entering production, which will start airing next year and take the total episode count to 381.

More Film

  • Woolsey Fire Malibu

    Many Malibu Areas Still Off-Limits for Filming After Fire

    The California Film Commission has maintained its ban on filming in several Malibu areas hit by the massive Woolsey fire in Southern California last month. The commission announced Tuesday that due to continued clean-up and repair work along Pacific Coast Highway, permits for filming on the highway are not being issued at this time. PCH [...]

  • Against the Clock

    Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia's Spy Thriller 'Against the Clock' Bought by Gravitas

    In today’s film news roundup, Andy Garcia’s spy thriller is sold, “Battlestar Galactica” gets a screenwriter, and Brooklyn Decker gets an award. ACQUISITION Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to spy thriller “Against the Clock,” starring Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Justin Bartha, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, formerly titled “Headlock,” is [...]

  • 'Pacific Rim Uprising' film premiere

    John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama 'A Naked Singularity'

    “Star Wars” actor John Boyega is in talks to star in the legal drama “A Naked Singularity” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on board to produce. The movie is based on Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel, which centers on a successful New York public defender whose life begins to unravel after he loses [...]

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Outpacing 'Wonder Woman' in Fandango Pre-Sales

    Pre-sales of “Aquaman,” which opens on Thursday night, are outpacing “Wonder Woman” at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle on online ticketer Fandango. “Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million domestically during the June 2 to June 4, 2017, weekend on its way to a $412 million North American total for Warner Bros. “Aquaman,” [...]

  • European Union Placeholder

    Europe, Hollywood Hail Landmark E.U. Territorial Licensing Agreement

    Industry organizations and major companies in Europe and Hollywood welcomed Tuesday a high-level European Union agreement that in large part preserves producers’ ability to sell movies and TV shows on an exclusive territory-by-territory basis. Territorial licensing is a financial backbone of the film and TV business in Europe. Recognition of such licensing came last Thursday in [...]

  • Box Office: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns'

    Box Office: 'Aquaman' Battles 'Mary Poppins Returns' in Crowded Holiday Weekend

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most competitive time at the multiplexes. This weekend sees two very different heroes vying for the box office crown with “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” both eyeing sizable debuts. “Mary Poppins Returns” is getting a head start by opening on Wednesday, though estimates show “Aquaman” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content