When Books Go Barmy

When we’ve showed off Galdo’s Gift at book fairs and the like we often get the comment ‘it must have been a lot of work’. Our most common response is ‘absolutely… actually, probably too much work’.

A double page spread from Galdo’s Gift

Galdo’s Gift, for those of you who are new here, is a Boovie. The fact that you have probably never heard of a Boovie demonstrates just how much work we put into a project such as this. I shall explain…

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A ‘Boovie’ is our term for what Galdo’s Gift is. Neither a book or a movie, it is a unique blend of the two. A lovingly constructed hybrid that needed it’s own name to describe how much it is not an ebook. Well, ok, it is an ebook, although it pains me to say it. I’m sorry, ebook, you’re just a bit… well… boring. There, I’ve said it. You’re grey … mostly. Sure, there are times when you break out into colour, but mostly you are happy being grey.

So Galdo’s Gift is a Boovie®; a glorious technicoloured extravanganza of eccentric animation and wordplay in storybook form.

As animators, we wanted to play with the idea of an old tome magically springing to life. A welcoming book that talks directly to the child.

Our ethos was ‘no child left behind’; creating over 250 fun pop up definitions that are explained simply in the context of the story itself. A child can add their name in the ‘this book belongs to…’ label at the beginning to see it become part of the story. They can tap on King Galdo himself (voiced by veteran actor Brian Murphy) to hear him read the verse as the words highlight. They can find the numbers hidden within the animated movie illustrations to unlock a secret page.

And all this whilst listening to a beautiful soundtack too! Yep, it was a lot of work .. possibly too much work.

If you would like to find out more about how we created Galdo’s Gift and find out how you can get it for yourself or gift to another, join us over on galdosgift.com

The elaborate trailer for the elaborate Boovie

Trevor Young

Hertford, UK

I am currently working through a part time illustration course, as well as working in the film industry as a freelance visual effects compositor (i.e. digitally combining all the elements to create a final effects shot in a feature film).