FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: The Gruffalo (2009)
NO SUCH THING?
I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is the animated short The Gruffalo…
Based on Julia Donaldson’s children’s book, The Gruffalo is a short animated made-for-television film about a mouse who goes into the woods in search of food. On his way, he crosses paths with a fox, an owl, and a snake. All three think the little brown mouse would be good to eat. To their surprise, the mouse has a great imagination and tells them about a monster he makes up just to escape their clutches.
“Don’t they know, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!”
The Gruffalo is quite the adorable animation and very different to most other animated films that I have watched in my time. The visual style is unique and resembles claymation. The CGI used to create it works really well and it has a lovely aesthetic.
I enjoyed the innocence of the story and is definitely aimed at a younger audience around the five- to eight-year-old range. Although, I must say, there are a couple of moments that might seem a little scary for the kids but nothing they can’t handle.
Helena Bonham Carter does a wonderful job narrating as the mother squirrel with a calmness in her voice. James Cordon, for the first time according to me, doesn’t actually sound like himself when voicing the mouse. I was kind of relieved, actually! It made the story more interesting and I was engaged the whole way through.
Parents, if you need a short break from the little ones, chuck on The Gruffalo, it will give you twenty-seven minutes of uninterrupted quietness (at least I hope so). And remember, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo! 3 / 5
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson.
Directors: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh | Writers: Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (based on The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson) | Producers: Martin Pope, Michael Rose | Music: René Aubry | Cinematotgraphers: Ulli Hadding, Hubert Märkl | Editor: Robin Sales
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