The Gruffalo 2009

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Animated adaptation of the bestselling children's book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. When a cunning little mouse goes for a walk in the forest, he manages to outsmart not only a succession of woodland predators but the purple-prickled, wart-nosed Gruffalo too. The film features the voice talents of actors including Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, John Hurt and Rob Brydon.

Starring:
John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson
Rental Formats:
DVD

The Gruffalo

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 27 minutes
Starring John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, James Corden, Robbie Coltrane
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 22 March 2010
Main languages English

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John Talbot on 29 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
When I first heard that the Gruffalo was to be animated I was filled with a mixture of excitement and tredipidation. Like many other parents, I'm sure that I actually enjoy reading the book as much as (if not more than), my 3 year old loves hearing it and looking at the illustrations. In my mind, I know exactly how mouse, fox, owl and snake sound and, of course, the voice of the mysterious Gruffalo.

I needn't have worried. The casting is spot on: James Corden is cheeky enough for mouse, Tom Wilkinson sneery enough for Fox, John Hurt wise enough for Owl and Rob Brydon a fantastic welsh snake (surely a first). The icing on the cake is Robbie Coltrane as a perfect Gruffalo.

The animation stays very close to the look and feel of the original illustrations and the squirrel storytelling is a nice conceit to retain the wonderful rhymes. Oh, and the music is magical.

Best adaptation I could have hoped for and watched twice in a row by my daughter who loves it. Next year let's hope they also animate the sequel - The Gruffalo's Child - that would be a Christmas treat.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alfie's mummy on 28 Dec 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We love the original Gruffalo book in our household and so when we saw this was going to be aired on Christmas Day (and later repeated on BBC3 on Boxing Day), we just had to watch it. And we weren't disappointed. In fact I can honestly, hand-on-heart say that this 30 minute animation is the best thing I've seen on TV all year.

It was just magical in both the way the book has been so faithfully animated (not Disneyfied thank goodness!), with beautiful soundtrack too and it kept both my husband and I entranced from start to finish. Sadly my little boy (18months) was in bed already, so I'm thrilled to see that it's being released on DVD.

If you haven't seen it yet, then do catch it on BBC's iplayer while it is available (a week or so?) but if you're shopping once it's been removed, then don't hesitate to buy this on DVD! If you love the book, you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jade M. Hodson on 9 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
i have read this lots of time because i work with chilren now tbh i think i enjoy it more than them, i cart wait for it to come out on dvd cuz ill enjoy watchin it more than reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Villa on 30 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
If you liked the book you'll love this adaptation. If you haven't read the book you'll love this adaptation. Let's face it, if you don't love this adaptation then there is something missing from your soul! Beautifully interpreted from both the text and original illustrations, this is an exquisite piece of television.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
I must admit that at my age I am too old to have read 'The Gruffalo', although I have heard of it, and seen the plush monster. I watched this on the off chance that it may be good, and I was glad that I did.

Whether this is faithful to the book I can't say but it is good tv. A squirrel tells her children the story of a mouse in the woods. The mouse is on the search for a nut after a bird steals the one he already has. A fox, an owl and a snake all try to tempt him home with him so that they can eat him. He politely declines on each occasion, telling them that he is on the way to meet a Gruffalo for dinner. When these creatures are told what the Gruffalo looks like, and that they are particular tidbits that he likes they all become scared. Of course the mouse is happy at his cleverness, after all a Gruffalo is just something he made up. Or is it? Can there really be a Gruffalo?

Poor old mouse finds that there is a Gruffalo, and that he is just what the monster likes to eat. With his cunning he tries to persuade the Gruffalo that he is the fiercest and most fearsome animal in the forest, but will the plan work?

This is great fun for little children, but it will probably be enjoyed just as much by adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Jackson on 2 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Having read the book to my two year old daughter nightly for months, i was excited to learn it was to be made into a 30 minute programme by the BBC. Family and friends eagerly sat down to watch it on Christmas Day - it did not disappoint, it was beautifully done. My daughter was glued, waving her hands with excitment when each creature (mouse, fox, owl, snake and Gruffalo) came on the screen! I'd already purchased the cd, with Imelda Staunton, which my daughter also demands to be played on repeat in the car, so i was a little nervous as to whether it would match expectations. Everyone who i have spoken to, who has seen it, thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm now hoping to purchase the dvd to send to my niece in New Zeland. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, it would delight adults and children alike. The only addition to the story, that is not in the book, is the narrator - the squirrel (Helena Bonham Carter). The famous voices of James Corden (mouse), Tom Wilkinson (fox), John Hurt (Owl), Rob Brydon (Snake) and Robbie Coltrane (Gruffalo) were excellent, especially James Corden, whose clever mouse had changes of tone and moments of humour to make even the adults laugh. The animation translated the book perfectly and the music (which at times made my daughter jump - all in the right places and was not too scary, especially for a two year old!) was unexpectedly beautiful. This was definately the best thing on TV this Christmas!
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