SHE was the feisty young girl who stood up to her cruel headmistress in one of the world’s most popular children’s books.
Now Roald Dahl’s famous character Matilda Wormwood has been recreated in a face-off with US president Donald Trump, thanks to a Birmingham-based animation company.
A pair of imposing statues were unveiled this week in the Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden near the former home of the renowned children’s author to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his book Matilda.
Digbeth-based Yamination was recruited during the summer by The Roald Dahl Story Company, which manages the copyrights and trademarks of the author, to help design and build the statues.
Founder Drew Roper said: “The reaction has been great since the pictures were first published, the phones have not stopped ringing and we’ve received many emails about them. It’s lovely to be involved in such a project.
“It’s not meant to be a political thing or making any kind of statement, it’s just the art of creating some beautiful statues and having a bit of fun with it.”
The idea for the statues came from a public survey conducted by The Roald Dahl Story Company.
In the novel, Matilda famously stands up to headmistress Miss Trunchbull but the company wanted to discover what people thought Matilda would be doing today if she were alive and in her 30s. A total of 42 per cent of respondents said President Trump would be the person she would stand up to with Theresa May coming in second (21 per cent) and Piers Morgan third (16 per cent).
The public also voted for who they thought Matilda would be friends with and actress Emma Watson (24 per cent), Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (14 per cent) and musician Ed Sheeran (nine per cent) were the most popular picks.