The Gruffalo – Upcoming

Beloved Monster

‘The Gruffalo’ is a magical tale of a mouse who takes a stroll through the woods. Encountering three presdators – a fox, an owl and a snake – the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive.

This Oscar and Bafta nominated half hour special premiered in the UK on BBC One Christmas Day 2009 to 10m viewers and continues to be enjoyed by families worldwide.

Feature length: 26 minutes

Creative Details

Directed by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, the film was produced by Magic Light in association with the award winning Studio Soi based in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Based on the best the best-selling children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Adapted by Julia Donaldson, Jakob Schuh & Max Lang

Music composed by René Aubry

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Produced in association with BBC1, Nick Jr and ZDF

Distributed on DVD in the UK by Entertainment One, and in the USA by N Circle

Mouse Standing on Mushroom

The Story of ‘The Gruffalo’

A mother red squirrel tells a story to her son and daughter about a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three predators who all wish to eat him – first a fox, then an owl, then a snake – the plucky mouse uses his wits to survive. He lies to each one that he is meeting a monster with terrible features (calling his imaginary creature a ‘Gruffalo’), says that its favourite food is whichever animal he is speaking to at the time, and that he is meeting the Gruffalo “right here”. Each predator then panics and runs away.

Gruffalo Holding Mouse

Mouse is confident until he suddenly comes face to face with a real Gruffalo, exactly as he had described it. Mouse then says that everyone is afraid of him in the forest, asking the Gruffalo to follow him and see. As the two of them meet animals in the forest, the presence of the Gruffalo frightens them: The Gruffalo believes they are afraid of the mouse. Mouse’s tummy rumbles and he says his favourite food is Gruffalo crumble, causing the Gruffalo to retreat in fear. Finally safe, he finds a nut, and can eat it in peace.

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