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• 2010 Academy Award nominee
• Narrated by Helena Bonham goices of an all-star cast
• Studio: NCircle EntertainAugument
• DVD Release Date: st 16, 2011
• Run Time: 40 minutes plus bonus content
•Synopsis : The Gruffalo tells the magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three predators who all wish to eat him, the adorable and confident mouse has to use his wits to survive. He tells his predators that he is meeting a monster, which scares each of them, but what will mouse do when comes face to face with the terrible product of his imagination?
The film is based on the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The special’s all-star voice cast features Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo; Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator, Rob Brydon as the Snake; James Corden as the Mouse; John Hurt as the Owl and Tom Wilkinson as the Fox. (Animated)
Our entire family sat down to watch this film on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We had read the book together and were anxious to see how it translated into a movie. Right from the start you can tell that this is not going to be a “Disney type” movie. It has a haunting intro song and the feel of the movie is a little bit darker. It wasn’t so dark that it was scary or inapprorpriate for the preschool set, it just had a different vibe. We really enjoyed that this movie wasn’t cookie cutter. It really held the attention of our children (and the adults as well). I love the animation and how it almost feels as if you are reading the book. The length of the film is perfect. I find that after 40 minutes our attention starts to wander anyway. I was able to put this movie on before betime or after naptime. The kids enjoyed the film and then continued on with their day. I didn’t need to feel guilty for letting them watch an entire film, which can often occupy up to 2 hours of their day. 2 thumbs up!
My kids just loved this film and ask to see it again and again. I also want to recommend The Gruffalo website. After watching the movie, we looked up the website and were instantly charmed by the music and activities available. They have a ton of information for fans, song clips and games for the kids.
The Gruffalo can now be purchased at your local retailer or on Amazon. It retails for $9.99
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I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.