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New animated film shows youngsters how to be safe in the Peak District National Park

This is an archived press release

Monday 12 January 2015

A new cartoon is helping youngsters understand how to behave in national park countryside to be safe and enjoy their visit.

The film was commissioned by the Peak District National Park to help educate young people, aged between 11 and 25, who visit the national park on school visits or with family and friends.

The colourful animation and song has been made by director and illustrator Mair Perkins, animator Richie Phillips and music producer Ben Haynes. The 'Do This' song is sung in a broad accent by Derbyshire singer, Lewis Hall. Groups of young people were involved in creating the script, storyboard, and fun features.

The humorous film encourages young people to enjoy the Peak District, but warns of some of the dangers, such as lighting fires and dropping litter – it is probably the only animation in circulation featuring a pooping dog, a girl riding a dinosaur, and a newt with a bottle on its head.

Recreation strategy officer Carol Parsons said: "The National Park protects the Peak District's landscape but it is also our job to help people of all ages to understand and enjoy its special qualities and discover all there is to do.

"We hope this fun, quirky film will encourage young visitors to learn more about the Peak District National Park before they come, and help us look after it when they are here."

It is nearly two minutes long and can be seen online.

Mair Perkins said: "It came together brilliantly.  Working with staff at the Peak District National Park to create an animation was a dream job come true!  We were able to combine toilet humour and cute cartoons to send out a responsible message about how to visit the National Park."

The animation is set to be shown at local events:

*    Its premier screening will be at Derby's QUAD cinema and art gallery during the Five Lamps Film night, from 8.30pm on Tuesday January 20. Tickets for the film night are £2 and are available from the QUAD box office.

*    It will screen at the Beeston Film Festival, at the White Lion Bar & Kitchen in Beeston, Nottingham's creative town, on January 24 and 25.

*    It will be shown at the Peak District educators conference and youth forum in February.

*    'Do This' has also been selected for the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival SHAFF 2015, which takes place at The Showroom cinema between March 20 and 22. "Unless you are on top of Everest, there are few better places to be on a March weekend," says Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

*    The cartoon can also be viewed on the Peak District National Park's You Tube channel and Facebook page.

A 'Do This' resource guide for leaders and teachers will be available to visiting school groups.

This is an archived press release

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