Young Sunderland cartoonist sees work on TV

Molly McKeown, 12, being interviewd by CITV for their Share a Story competition.

Molly McKeown, 12, being interviewd by CITV for their Share a Story competition.

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A YOUNG cartoonist has had her work aired on the small screen after beating thousands of entrants to win a competition.

Molly McKeown, from Silksworth, was picked as one of eight winners, out of 7,000 competitors, in CITV’s Share a Story contest.

The 12-year-old dreamt up the tale – The Dinosaur Who Ate My Homework – as a school assignment, which was then chosen by teachers at Farringdon Community Academy to be entered into the competition.

Molly’s story, which is based on older brother Tom, 15, was then whittled down and chosen as a winner.

The youngster, who has a penchant for art and literature, was then given the chance to make it into a cartoon with animators from CITV.

And TV chiefs came to her school this week to give Molly and her classmates a special screening.

Dad Paul, 46, who was at the school premiere, said: “When you look the numbers of people who entered, the fact she is one of eight winners is fantastic.

“She was overjoyed when she saw it on screen, it’s a brilliant accomplishment.

“There are a few things that always stick in your mind, and getting that phone call telling us Molly had won the competition is one of those.

“She’s always been arty, and she always has her head stuck in a book.

“I think winning this competition has given her a new enthusiasm for art and we are starting to take it seriously.”

Molly worked with a professional animator to create her film at Media City, in Salford, and also did the voiceover.

She said: “The screening was really good. There were lots of people clapping.

“I didn’t think it would turn out as good as it was.

“I thought it was a joke when CITV rang to say I’d won. I couldn’t believe it. But I’d definitely do it again because it was fun.

The cartoon was shown every weekday morning on CITV during half term last week

Media teacher Lorraine Bird, who entered pupils in the contest, said: “When I found out from Molly’s parents that she had won, I was so pleased.”

l To see Molly’s cartoon, log on to www.itv.com/shareastory/2013winners.