Digbeth animator creates anniversary statues for Roald Dahl book 'Matilda' - Custard Factory

Digbeth animator creates anniversary statues for Roald Dahl book ‘Matilda’

Posted by Andy Parker on October 01, 2018

Yamination’s Drew Roper has created a statue of Matilda Wormwood squaring up to President Donald Trump for the 30th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic book Matilda.

The idea for the statues came from a survey by The Roald Dahl Story Company which sought to discover what the general public thought Matilda would be doing if the young heroine was alive today and in her thirties — with 42% of those surveyed agreeing that President Trump would be the person that she’d be standing up to.

The Digbeth-based animation company, who specialise in stop-motion animation, are based on Floodgate Street in Rea Studios.

The survey about the 1988 children’s book also revealed that the British public believed that Matilda would have friends like Emma Watson & the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Furthermore, 1 in 10 of the people polled believed that that Matilda would have forged a career path as a UN Ambassador!

The statues (see below) can be seen at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire – which was the acclaimed author’s home for 36 years.

Photo credit: David Parry/PA Images.

Great work, Drew (and team)!