Roaring success: Sunderland pupil’s dinosaur to star in CITV cartoon

Molly McKeown, 12, who has beaten 7,000 other youngsters nationally with a storyboard idea that is going to be animated and screened on TV at Christmas.
Molly McKeown, 12, who has beaten 7,000 other youngsters nationally with a storyboard idea that is going to be animated and screened on TV at Christmas.
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TALENTED Molly McKeown is set to see her creation come to life after winning a national cartoon competition.

The 12-year-old’s character, Dougie the Dinosaur, will feature in an animation to be aired on CITV children’s channel later this year.

As a piece of homework, Farringon Community Academy media teacher Melissa Pratt set Molly’s class the challenge of creating a storyboard.

She then entered the work into CITV’s Share a Story competition, and Molly beat 7,000 entrants with her story A Dinosaur Ate My Homework, to be chosen as the winner in the 11 to 12-year-old category.

The youngster, who lives at Silksworth, said: “I couldn’t believe it when CITV wrote to me and said I had won. I never expected to do so well.

“I had to tell my friends first because they inspired me with the story.”

Molly’s story features Dougie who takes himself off to school and eats not only the homework, but the teacher as well, and the twist in the tale is that homework becomes extinct instead of dinosaurs.

Molly had to draw out the storyboard and then write the story to go along with it, and she thinks it will appeal to children of all ages.

Molly’s prize is to travel to Media City in Manchester next month where she will work with professional animators to bring Dougie and his story to life.

The cartoon is expected to be shown on the channel around Christmastime.

Molly said: “I am really excited about going to Manchester to do the animation.

“Art is one of my favourite subjects, and winning the competition has given me a lot more confidence that maybe I can draw better than I thought I could.”

Howard Kemp, headteacher at the Allendale Road school, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have been chosen out of so many entrants. We are all really proud.”