Award of Merit – Mr Bear’s Christmas (UK)

Title: Mr Bear’s Christmas
Runtime: 11 min
Country: UK
Director: Lorna Gibson
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: December, 2022

Synopsis: A heartwarming, festive tale of friendship and love, set in the forest. Mr Bear and his best friend Mouse excitedly share their joy of Christmas as they plan a party for all their friends with plenty of festive treats. While getting ready for the party, Mouse ventures out into the forest to find some berries, only to get caught in a snowstorm. Despite his best efforts, Mr Bear can’t find Mouse and becomes increasingly worried for her as time passes by.

However, Mouse finds a nice spot to shelter from the storm, where a kind Robin makes her tea. Mouse suddenly spots the torchlight of her friends in the forest as they are making their way to Mr Bear’s party, which helps her to find her way home just in time to celebrate with sherry and mince pies.

Based on the illustrated story by Lorna Gibson, who also created this animation. Narrated by Stephen Fry, with music by Andrew Pickering.