The Gruffalo's Child (film)

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The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child poster.jpg
Film poster
Based onThe Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
Written byJulia Donaldson
Axel Scheffler
Directed byJohannes Weiland
Uwe Heidschotter
StarringHelena Bonham Carter
Rob Brydon
Robbie Coltrane
James Corden
Shirley Henderson
John Hurt
Tom Wilkinson
Theme music composerRené Aubry
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Martin Pope
Michael Rose
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Magic Light Pictures
Studio Soi
DistributorE1 Entertainment
Original networkBBC One
Original release
  • 25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)

The Gruffalo's Child is a 2011 British short computer animated TV film based on the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A sequel to The Gruffalo, the film was shown on Christmas Day 2011 in the United Kingdom, exactly two years after the debut of the first film.[1][2]

Directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschotter, the film was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures, London, in association with Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In June 2013, the film was given the Award for Best TV Special at the 8th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials[3]


In a snowy wood the squirrel mother daughter gets her brother. Then the boy asks, "Whose footprints are these?" Then the girl tells him, "The Gruffalo". So the boy tries to tell his mother that the gruffalo was there, then Mother Squirrel doesn't believe them, until she tells her children a story of how the Gruffalo escaped from the mouse.

The story starts with the Gruffalo's daughter attempting to follow a hedgehog because she wants to explore the outside world. Her father, however, does not want her to do that. He warns her against going outside and tells her about the time when he met the mouse. He describes the mouse as a monster, and the daughter imagines the mouse to be just as her father depicts it.

One snowy night, the daughter decides to explore the outside world, and she begins to follow some footprints. She meets the snake and later the owl and finally the fox, realizing the monster doesn't exist. She begins to cry and wishes to be with her father when suddenly she runs into the mouse. The mouse tells her the monster is real, and he makes a scary shadow. The daughter runs away to her father's cave, but the mouse begins to follow her.

In the cave of the Gruffalo, she is now comfortable at her father's side.



  1. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  2. ^ "First Image From BBC Christmas Special The Gruffalo's Child". twitchfilm. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  3. ^ 11. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál 8. Európai Animációs Játékfilm Fesztivál. Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 2013.
  4. ^ "Here's what's best on the box this Christmas". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 December 2011.

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