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Fire! Fire! Planet’s on Fire!

The hook line, or chorus idea, came from the school playground!

Schoolchildren sing “Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!”. The song lyric “Fire! Fire! Planet’s on Fire!” mirrors this catchy phrase.

It’s a way of capturing young people’s attention when explaining the importance of climate change. It will also be remembered by adults from their schooldays so an opportunity exists to sing a song with the youngsters! But don’t tell the children!

Nanaho, my 10-year-old granddaughter, heard me at work on the song and began humming it to herself and then singing the chorus out loud. Her voice sounded just perfect so I asked her to have a go at singing at the microphone. I know I’m biased, but I thought she did it brilliantly. My plan is to get some of her school friends to join in on the chorus.

Andrew

A pencil drawing of a cartoon apple, tree, ant, polar bear and bird throwing bubbles into the air

The Wheels are Turning

The Climate Critters storyboard, a sequence of drawings that displays the action in the story from start to finish, began being assembled in a snow-covered studio in a wintry Warwickshire.

It seemed as if the sun had heard the news because it began peeping over my shoulder to catch a glimpse of the Critter’s birthing.

The inspirations behind this film range from The Iron Giant and all of the Pixar movies, to the films of Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, in particular Spirited Away.

A new contender grabbed my attention recently: a lovely snow-filled story from Netflix called Klaus, directed by Sergio Pablos, the man behind Despicable Me.

I love the look of this movie, in particular the design of the backgrounds and the atmospheric lighting, inspiring the world!

Alastair