Fen schoolgirl Megan’s ‘stunning’ stop-motion video on the plight of the polar bear goes viral

Megan Jones and teacher, Julia Stead. Megan's touching animation, 'Megan's Message,' has been shared

Megan Jones and teacher, Julia Stead. Megan's touching animation, 'Megan's Message,' has been shared online by thousands of people and organisations, including the BBC and Greenpearce. PHOTO: Seb Pearce - Credit: Archant

A poignant stop-motion film about the plight of the polar bear made by a Soham schoolgirl has gone viral.

A stop-motion film about the plight of the polar bear made by a Soham schoolgirl Megan Jones has gon

A stop-motion film about the plight of the polar bear made by a Soham schoolgirl Megan Jones has gone viral. PHOTO: Megan Jones. - Credit: Archant

Megan Jones’ tear-jerking animation, ‘Megan’s Message,’ tells the story of two polar bears whose lives are torn apart by global warming.

The eight-year-old Weatherall’s Primary School pupil filmed the video as part of the school’s endangered species project, and since it was posted online last week it has amassed just under 3,000 views and has been shared by the BBC and Greenpeace.

Megan was inspired to make the video because of her love of animals, and the youngster said it took just one day to complete.

Gavin, Rebecca and Megan Jones and her teacher, Julia Stead. Megan's stop-motion video on the plight

Gavin, Rebecca and Megan Jones and her teacher, Julia Stead. Megan's stop-motion video on the plight of the polar bear has been viewed thousands of times online. PHOTO: Seb Pearce - Credit: Archant

“We have to save the polar bear before it becomes another page in an encyclopaedia,” she said.


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“I like animation - I’ve made one before and thought it would be a good idea to make one for my homework. I think I’d like to carry on making them.

“I started it at 9am, stopped at midday for lunch and then went back to it.

A stop-motion film about the plight of the polar bear made by a Soham schoolgirl Megan Jones has gon

A stop-motion film about the plight of the polar bear made by a Soham schoolgirl Megan Jones has gone viral. PHOTO: Megan Jones. - Credit: Archant

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“I’m proud that people are starting to know that we have to save these animals. We to save the polar bear before it becomes another page in an encyclopaedia.”

Her teacher, Julia Stead, said: “Megan’s video is absolutely stunning.

“It’s gone massive on Twitter and has been shared by some huge organisations.

The video has received over 1,200 views in just two days and has been shared online by the BBC and G

The video has received over 1,200 views in just two days and has been shared online by the BBC and Greenpeace. PHOTO: Megan Jones - Credit: Archant

“We gave the children the task as homework and we were stunned by Megan’s work. It’s absolutely beautiful and we’re so proud of her.”

Her dad, Gavin, said Megan filmed the video - using her phone and some coloured paper - entirely independently.

“She’s done fantastic work with Julia, who has done a wonderful job in encouraging all the pupils to come up with some really great ideas,” he said.

“The only question Megan asked me was ‘Daddy, can you share it online?’ She made the video completely on her own.”

The video has received dozens of glowing reviews, with one YouTube comment saying: “Fantastic Megan. You are an inspiration. Thank you for lending your talent to protect our polar bears and the Arctic.”

Another said: “Wow, so moving. What a talented and caring girl she must be.”

Megan’s video has also been shown to pupils in a school in Manchester to convey the effects of climate change.

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