Universal Pictures have recently released their first trailer for Roger Mainwood's (Meg And Mog) Raymond Briggs adaption Ethel & Ernest.
When you think of Raymond Briggs and animation, chances are your mind drifts towards the bittersweet charm of The Snowman (1982), or maybe Fungus The Bogeyman (2015). But for a new adaptation of his work, it is real life that is key.
The story, drawn from Briggs' own parents' experiences follows lady's maid Ethel and milkman Ernest from their first, chance meeting in 1928, through their marriage and life together, the birth of their son Raymond and – because what would a Briggs tale be without an emotional ending – their deaths within months of each other in 1971.
It looks like a charming story of two people very much in love who nonetheless have to face the trials and tribulations as the world changes around them, including war, the Great Depression and smaller roadblocks put in their way.
Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!) and Brenda Blethyn (Atonement) voice the titular couple, with Luke Treadaway (Unbroken) as the grown Raymond and the likes of Simon Day (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Pam Ferris (Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban) and Roger Allam (V For Vendetta) also aboard.
Ethel And Ernest will be out in the UK on October 18.