Matthias the mouse is a young novice living in the Abbey Redwall, adopted by the order when his family were killed by the evil warlord Cluny the Scourge. Despite growing up in such peace-loving surroundings Matthias dreams of becoming a warrior, and when Redwall itself falls under threat from the evil rat Cluny, Matthias and his friends Basil the hare and Cornflower the mousemaid have to do all in their power to save their home. In so doing Matthias uncovers a secret prophecy that seems to implicate him in ways he'd never have imagined.
Brian Jacques' has a dedicated following of young readers across the globe who are totally enthralled by his Tales of Redwall books.
Fans of the series will be pleased to hear that the atmosphere of the bestselling books is captured perfectly in this stunning full-length feature, which follows the story of a young Matthias, a heroic mouse in search of his destiny, and the beautiful and brave mousemaid Cornflour. Together, they begin their quest to find the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior so they can save Redwall Abbey from the evil Cluny the Scourge--a wicked one-eyed rat intent on bringing Redwall to its knees.
Adapting such a popular book for the screen could so easily have detracted from the essence of the original story, with its battle of good versus evil interspersed with warmth and humour, and its ability to truly capture a child's imagination. But this team have pulled it off with aplomb: the animation is spot on, the atmosphere is highly charged, the characters are true to Jacques' originals and, although those who know the book well will spot that some detail is missing, the important, magical, elements of the story are all there.
This is exciting stuff, filled with heroism and humour, and packaged into 85 minutes of pure, unadulterated pleasure for lovers of fantasy and adventure. Age range: 7 and over. --Susan Harrison. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.