“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Animation / Universal, suitable for all / Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley Henderson, James Corden, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt ... / DVD released 2012-02-13 at Entertainment One / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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When I first watched this story I was enthralled but became so relaxed watching it the steady and leisurely pace led me to drift off to sleep. This does not mean that I did not enjoy it only that it was one of the most relaxing things I had ever watched.
I have since watched it with young family members and have watched them watching it. It is entrancing to one of my family members and she often chooses to watch it when she wanting to chill out or have a nap. This means she does not need to tell us she wants a nap or admit that she is tired! Perfect!
The characters are great and I love the celebrity voices that are used.
It is a perfect way to let your child relax and not admit they want a nap. You don't event have to put it on very loud as the story can be followed fairly easily especially if they already know the book.
I love it! There are worse things that your child could enjoy.
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's child are two favourite books in our house and as such we got the DVD's as well so we could see the stories brought to life on the small screen. We actually first saw The Gruffalo's child on television last year over the Christmas season and liked it so much that we decided to get it from Amazon and have it as a keepsake DVD rather than just having it on our Sky Plus.
The story is again very simple but very effective and teaches us all a really good lesson is a very subtle, entertaining way. The Nice thing about this story is that you don't need to have seen or read The Gruffalo to watch and understand this story but it's nice to have seen it anyway.
In the first film we follow a little brown mouse as he takes us on a journey through the forest, encountering foes along the way and explaining to them exactly what or who is a Gruffalo. The foes he happens upon are a fox, owl and a snake. Each of these animals wants to eat the mouse but he tells them he is off to eat with the Gruffalo. He portrays the Gruffalo as a scary character, each time getting more descriptive telling them it is a big animal with a black tongue, orange eyes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, to name just a few afflictions.
In the second film we meet the Gruffalo's daughter who has heard all the stories about the big bad mouse from her father but does not believe him, so she goes out into the woods herself to try and find this mouse. On the way she encounters all the old characters from the original film, the snake, owl and fox who tell her where she can find the mouse. We she finally finds the mouse he's not really as big and as scary as she thought. However, the mouse tricks her as well by standing on a tree branch to use the moonlight to enlarge its shadow. The Gruffalo's daughter then runs off because she is scared of the big bad mouse!!.
This DVD really does the book justice in my opinion and brings The Gruffalos child to life and into the hearts of little ones. I think it helps that the animation is based on the original illustrations by Axel Schaffer. The characters are wonderful and the scenery is so bright and vivid.
I like the fact that they have kept the same voices and actors from the first film and had them do the voices for the second film otherwise I think the characters would. Of seem the same. Robbie Coltrane plays The Gruffalo and Shirley Henderson plays The Gruffalo's child. The snake is played by Rob Brydon, the fox by Tom Wilkison, the owl by John Hurt and the mouse by James Corden.
Although The Gruffalo is meant to be scary I think the little daughter is very cute and a nice little character for young children to relate to.
The story is based on the book by Julia Donaldson, a writer and a playwrite. The DVD only lasts for 30 minutes but this is definitely long enough to tell this short story and to keep young children interested. I purchased mine from Amazon for £7.49 and definitely think it was a good investment.