High in the Clouds

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High in the Clouds is a children's adventure novel written by musician/songwriter Paul McCartney and Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Geoff Dunbar, and published by Faber and Faber in October 2005.[1][2] As writer/producer and animator/director, McCartney and Dunbar had collaborated on the 1984 animated film Rupert and the Frog Song, and High in the Clouds was scripted and sketched for several years by the two of them as another film.[2]

When the characters' home, Woodland, is attacked by human development, a young squirrel (Wirral) is left without a home and without his mother. Guided by his mother's final words and aided by his fellow animal friends he meets on his journey, Wirral goes on a quest for the secret island sanctuary of Animalia. Wirral finds himself in an epic journey filled with evil realities and wild dreams. He and his friends experience tragedy, war, joy and victory, all in the name of freedom and peace.

The book has an overall theme of preserving nature and letting animals live free and in their natural habitat. In The Observer it was described as "a tale about the perils of unchecked global capitalism".[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2013, it was reported that an animated feature film adaptation of the book was in development by producers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye through their Unique Features banner and RGH Entertainment. Tony Bancroft was set to direct the film, written by Josh Klausner, with Paul McCartney set to compose several original songs.[3] The film was optioned by Gaumont.[4]

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  1. ^ "High in the Clouds - Paul McCartney Official Website". Paulmccartney.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Merritt, Stephanie (17 December 2005). "It took him years to write ...: Stephanie Merritt takes a look at Paul McCartney's anti-capitalist children's book, High in the Clouds". The Observer. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (30 September 2013). "Paul McCartney's 'High In The Clouds' Heading for Big Screen". Variety. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Robb, David (20 April 2017). "Gaumont Boards Paul McCartney's Animated Film 'High In The Clouds'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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