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The Gruffalo (2009)

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A cunning mouse goes for a walk in the forest and outwits a succession of predators.




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Complete credited cast:
Mother Squirrel (voice)
Mouse (voice)
Fox (voice)
Owl (voice)
Snake (voice)
Gruffalo (voice)
Sam Lewis ...
First Little Squirrel (voice)
Second Little Squirrel (voice)


Threatened in turn by a fox, an owl and a snake, a little mouse scares them all off by claiming he is waiting for his monstrous friend the Gruffalo. He believes the Gruffalo does not exist but it does and it too wants to eat him. However, the mouse survives by tricking the Gruffalo into believing who is the most scary creature in the wood. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

9 December 2010 (USA)  »

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De gruffalo  »

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A cute animated short about a little mouse who outsmarts his predators.
20 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This came on BBC1 on Christmas Day, and like Wallace and Gromit before it, I recorded it so it could be watched later. I've finally got around to watching it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

With a solid voice cast voicing the animals, the rhyming dialogue is sweet and never annoying.

The story of the mouse, as told by a mother squirrel to her two babies is episodic but suitably so. The jokes were funny and it was even somewhat dark in places where it needed to be.

The animation is probably not as polished as Lost and Found(2008) but has it's own caricatured, simplistic charm and is aesthetically faithful to the book(haven't read it, but have seen the cover).

Overall, an entertaining and amusing short about deception and survival done in a colourful and light way. I enjoyed it along with The First Snow of Winter, also based on a picture book, that has a similar tone, also featuring a 'big, bad' wolf. Good for young kids and the young at heart.

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