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There's no such thing as a Gruffalo!
The Gruffalo (DVD)
Member Name: magenta23
The Gruffalo (DVD)
Advantages: Cast, story, characters, animation.
Disadvantages: I wish it was longer!
The Gruffalo is a Children's book by Julia Donaldson, first published in 1999, and I think it's fair to say has already achieved the 'classic' status. I first read the book when I was really far too old, I have no children or younger brothers and sisters either so I can't use those as an excuse. Though I'm not really sure I need an excuse as the characters, pictures and beautiful rhyme in which it's written can bring a smile to all ages.
I first saw the animated TV adaptation when it aired on the BBC on Christmas Day 2009. I have since purchased the DVD so I can enjoy it whenever I like. For lovers of the book, The Gruffalo has not been messed around with, it has kept all the charm of the book, and is just the same really except it's been read to you.
For those of you not familiar with The Gruffalo, I'll summarise the story. It tells of a little mouses journey through the woods, on which he meets an owl, a fox and a snake, who are all intent of having him for supper. Until the little mouse tells them that he is going to meet a fearsome Gruffalo. The mouse of course knows there is no such thing as a Gruffalo...or is there?
Reading up on the Gruffalo, it's apparently based on a Chinese folk tale of a fox, and the 'Gruffalo' character would have been a tiger, but the author was unable to find rhymes for tiger so changed the creature to one who's name ended in o.
The animated adaptation has an all star cast, headed by James 'Smithy' Corden as the mouse. For those familiar with Gavin and Stacey, at first you can't help but just hear Smithy as Mr. Corden has a rather distinctive voice, however after a few minutes, the film is so good that you accept that this is in fact the voice of a mouse and forget about Smithy altogether. Other star voices include Rob Brydon (keeping the theme going), Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane. All perfectly cast and providing excellent voices.
Whether you are 6 or 26 I thoroughly recommend The Gruffalo to all.
Summary: A flawless adaptation of a fantastic children's book