has a dedicated following of young readers across the globe who are totally enthralled by his Tales of Redwall
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.
Three more animated adventures for daring mouse Matthias. In 'Sparra's Kingdom', Matthias follows a series of clues to the kingdom of the mad King Bull Sparra, where he discovers an end to his quest. 'Cluny's Clown' sees Cluny attempting to infiltrate the Abbey disguised as a clown when a travelling circus comes to town. In 'High Standard', it seems that Basil and Jess the Squirrel have deserted Redwall when Cluny tries to starve the Abbey occupants out.