Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion in a beautiful new animation set in the future. The stunning 3 minute film looks back from 2050 to show how people came together to save the world from the climate crisis.
The film, titled The Gigantic Change, went live on Extinction Rebellion’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram on Friday 5th June 2020, as part of World Environment Day.
As we start to plan how to rebuild our world post-Covid, the film shows that a brighter future really is possible. But this won’t happen on its own; we must all take action today. Climate change is an existential threat to people of all ages and backgrounds. The need for collective action has never been greater.
Find out more ways you can take action here.
The team behind The Gigantic Change, together with Passion Pictures – who created the famous Orangutan advert for Iceland – knew that Whoopi’s iconic voice would bring a perfect sense of gravitas to the performance.
She is a prominent campaigner on environmental issues, so she had the power to inspire many of her followers to take action.
The urgency of the situation clearly resonates with her, and many others, but the challenge is to communicate this urgency to the wider public. This is the primary purpose of The Gigantic Change. After seeing the film, viewers are directed to a simple page outlining the most effective actions they can take to save the environment. This could be anything from diet and travel all the way up to civil disobedience.
Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in such films as The Color Purple, Ghost and Sister Act, and lent her voice to the animated classic, The Lion King. She is one of a select group of artists to earn an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. She has a strong voice on climate issues and is an active supporter of numerous causes and humanitarian efforts.
GRANDMOTHER: Whoopi Goldberg
GRANDDAUGHTER: Livia Nelson
CO-DIRECTORS: George Lewin & Nicola Jane Francis
STORY: George Lewin
CO-WRITERS: Nicola Jane Francis & Josh Hughes
PRODUCER: Serena Schellenberg
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Belle Palmer at Passion Pictures
DESIGNER & ANIMATOR: Nicola Jane Francis
SOUND DESIGNER: Chris Banks
MUSIC COMPOSER: Simon Chamberlain
CASTING DIRECTOR: Nicci Topping Casting
LIVIA NELSON REPRESENTED BY: Creative Kidz & Co
VOICEOVER RECORDING: Factory Studios
PARTNERSHIPS CONSULTANT: Sarah Greenfield Clark