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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
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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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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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 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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Everyone in my house is a big fan of Julia Donaldson! My children have read all her books (again and again). We purchased this film because my youngest son really is a big fan of The Gruffalo. We were not disappointed. The voice overs were very good (and recognisable!). This film certainly entertained all our family regardless of age. It is nice to have some quality family time and watch a simple film like this together. The premise of the story is good fun and it's great to relax and unwind after a busy day to watch something uplifting and fun.

There is nothing about this film that we as a family dislike. The Gruffalo is a film that my children are happy to continue watching and ask for me to replay it often. To me, this is a good sign of a good film! I would definitely recommend purchasing this film. Enjoy!
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After being disappointed with the Room on the Broom animation, I wasn’t sure what I’d make of this one, but I thought it was really good.

I watched with my 2 year old who loves the book. At 27 minutes long, we ended up watching in two sittings as her attention waned a bit, but otherwise it was really good.

I thought Robbie Coltrane was a good choice for the voice of the Gruffalo, although I wouldn’t have chosen James Corden to voice the mouse personally. The pace was fast, easy for little ones to follow and true to the book. We will definitely watch this again.
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By Keith VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2016
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Absolutely one of the best short stories for children ever written. Beautifully produced in this animated film. The only downside is when the child watches and watches and watches - for they never seem to tire of it.
Warning - you'll end buying Gruffalo toys and clothing LOL
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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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