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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By John T 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alfie's mummy on 28 Dec. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Settle on 9 Jan. 2011
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An enchanting animation of the much loved book. The characters and story remain true to the book and the music is magical. My 20 month old loves it and at 25 mins long she just has enough attention span to see it through. My husband and I also loved it, a well worthy purchase, no doubt to be watched over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Ross on 23 Mar. 2010
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Having read The Gruffalo to my son most days (it is a firm favourite of his), I was so excited to see this on BBC over Christmas. It didn't disappoint. True to the book, with some gorgeous animation and well-selected celebrity voices, it really is a joy. I was really pleased to see that it was coming on DVD (which arrived this morning) because it is lovely to watch, not just for children, but adults too.

The story revolves around a clever - but appetising - little mouse. Off in search of a tasty nut, he goes for a stroll through a deep, dark wood, meeting several characters who want to eat him. He tells them of a Gruffalo - a terrifying creature, who will eat them all ... little do they know that this creature exists only in the imagination of the little mouse. Or does he?

So much fun, the book and the DVD are fantastic. At a nice length of 30 minutes, it's not of a length that would cause young children to lose interest, and is so beautifully done that it will hold the attention of even the most cynical adults.

Well worth it's 5 stars!
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30 of 35 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 Mummy28 on 21 Oct. 2010
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I bought this DVD for my two year old daughter after renting it out from our local library. She was given the book for her second birthday and loved it straight away, (So did mum and Dad!). Over the week that we rented this film it was viewed in excess of 9 times! So we decided to purchase a copy of our own.

Amazon was, as always, the cheapest option with free postage and packing. As we knew the product before we ordered it I can't comment on the information offered about this product but I can say how fantastic it is! If like us you love the story, this dvd won't dissapoint you. It is beuatifully presented with an all star cast for the voice overs. It lasts approximately 25 minutes, which is a perfect length for any pre- school viewers but can be enjoyed by any age group. The BBC has produced a truely brillant version of this excellent story at very high standard.

Highly recommened product!!!
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