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Agency: Aardman
Date: Mar 2018
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Animation studio Aardman has teamed up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the global campaign, ‘Malaria Must Die So Millions Can Live,’ to raise awareness of the deadly history of malaria and call upon leaders to “unite and fight” the disease that takes the life of a child every two minutes.

Launching on Commonwealth Day the new animation, voiced by actor Hugh Laurie, takes viewers through the history of the disease from the first recorded case in Ancient China – 4,718 years ago – to current day. This short film by Aardman also highlights the huge progress that’s been made in the fight against malaria, while reminding us that half the world’s population are still at risk. The disease claims 445,000 lives a year – a child every two minutes – and over half of these deaths occur in Commonwealth countries.

The animation is part of the continued campaign call for leaders meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, April 2018, to take concerted action. Commonwealth populations are disproportionately affected by the disease and leaders are being urged to make new commitments to beating it at CHOGM.


Thanks to: Nicky Wimble at Africa Creates, Roz Hobley, Naomi Jacobs &Claire Hoffman at

Director: Danny Capozzi

Producer: Gareth Owen

2D Animator: Jane Davies

Additional Animation: Christopher Bowles & Joe Wood

Music: Richard Clarke @ Hitpoint

Compositor: Fernando Lechuga

Sound Designer: Laura Izzard, Colin Chipchase

Editors: Dan Pask, Dominic Pitt

Dubbing Mixer: Colin Chipcase