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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:
Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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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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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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By Max on 1 April 2010
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We have known and loved the book with our children for about 6 years and have watched and rewatched the DVD of the stage play until the disc almost wore through. We were slightly nervous before Christmas, when this new version was due to be on TV, but we needn't have worried - it's perfect! A lovely retelling of one of our favourite stories. And yes indeed Hagrid - sorry, Robbie Coltrane - is indeed a very fine Gruffalo. Highly recommended.
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I bought this DVD for my 2 year old twins who are huge fans of Julia Donaldson books, The Gruffalo being a particular favourite. I too love the book and was a little wary of this DVD in case it 'spoiled' the book for us all. Nothing could be further from the case! The adaption is carefully and cleverly done. The animation is just superb, as is the voice casting. We all watched it spellbound. I thoroughly recommend this and can only hope that 'The Gruffalo's Child' will be adapted next, hopefully in time for Christmas!
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The books are wonderful and the dvd of 'The Gruffalo' is absolutely marvellous. It only lasts for about 30mins, but it captivates the attention and the imagination of your little one from start to finish. It is a modern masterpiece of animation and everything about it is spot-on from the drawings of the characters to the voices that they are given. Robbie Coltrane as the voice of the Gruffalo is fabulous. If you like the books - buy this dvd, you will love it too.
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My two children, one aged 3 and the other, 21 months, love this animated film. I can often get on with many chores, while they both sit, angelic, in front of the TV.
They both love the books and browsing through the calendar!
I've even had to buy them a well known bookstore's giftcard which has The Gruffalo on it!!!!
Great casting, all the voices fit the characters perfectly, and the story is true to the book.
Brilliant!!!!!!!! Can't wait to receive this DVD!!
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What can I say? This is a wonderful DVD and true to the book. As an adult I enjoyed the section covering the making of the DVD, but nothing can describe the joyous moments I've had and continue to have with my 2 year old granddaughter each time we watch this film, which is just about twice a week for the past 11 months. I find that she is able to express many emotions through the film and what fun as well as special time we have together. Great Stuff!!
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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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