DVD Review: The Gruffalo

2011 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film! An animated film based on the classic children’s picture book, The Gruffalo tells the magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk though the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three animals who all wish to eat him – a fox, an owl and a snake – the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. He announces that he is meeting a monster with terrible features, a ‘Gruffalo’, and the three animals are each panicked into running away. Mouse is now increasingly confident; there is nothing that can touch him….. or so he thinks. That is, until he rounds a corner and comes face-to-face with the terrible creature of his imagination: the Gruffalo himself! Beautifully animated and appropriate for children of all ages. Features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Robbie Coltrane and Rob Brydon.

An interesting story and a movie that is extremely eye catching and adorable in many ways. A lot of people may have been introduced to The Gruffalo by book but for my family, the DVD movie version of it was our first take and introduction on this fun tale. After reading up about the movie, it was brought to my attention that word for word found in the book was taken to create this film. How pleasing to know that nothing was added or taken away story wise. The visuals on the other hand are completely amazing breath taking even, for a child’s movie. I don’t often get blown away by the main visuals but the background imagery as well. Brava!

I would say that this story and film would be best appreciated by children ages four year old and up. It might be a little scary for the younger crowd but both my kids found the movie interesting and have watched it numerous times. Even their Grandma who watched it with them a few weeks ago really liked it! From start to finish the movie is about 1/2 an hour, so not too long or too short for the attention span of young children! There are also special features which include the making of photos gallery!

Buy it: If you are interested in sharing The Gruffalo with your own family, you can purchase the title from Ncircle Entertainment or at Amazon.com for just $7.99 right now!

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.