The Gruffalo's Child (film)
|The Gruffalo's Child|
|Based on||The Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
|Written by||Julia Donaldson
|Directed by||Johannes Weiland
|Starring||Helena Bonham Carter
|Theme music composer||René Aubry|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Magic Light Pictures
|Original network||BBC One|
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.
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 a snowy wood the squirrel mother daughter gets her brother. Then the boy asks, "Who's footprints are these?" Then the girl tells him, "The Gruffalo". So the boys 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.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Mother Squirrel (Narrator)
- Shirley Henderson as The Gruffalo's Child
- Robbie Coltrane as The Gruffalo
- James Corden as Mouse
- Tom Wilkinson as Fox
- John Hurt as Owl
- Rob Brydon as Snake
- Sam Lewis as First Little Squirrel
- Phoebe Givron-Taylor as Second Little Squirrel
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
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