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Thursday, 25 June 2009

The Gruffalo To Be Turned Into An Animated Feature


If you're a parent, or even a children's book fan, you can't help but know the 'The Gruffalo' and its sequel 'The Gruffalo's Child'. Both are fun little stories and have some great artwork which made them a big hit with my two girls.

The first book is now being made into an animated feature to be screened this Christmas.

The film will be voiced by Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo, Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator, Rob Brydon as the snake, James Corden as the mouse, John Hurt as the owl and Tom Wilkinson as the fox.

The Gruffalo, which has become a modern classic, tells the magical story of a mouse who walks though the woods in search of a nut.

Encountering three predators who all wish to eat him - a fox, an owl and a snake - the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive, creating an imaginary monster who turns out to be only too real.

The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-selling book, will be broadcast as a 30-minute show on BBC1.

Scheffler's artwork is being brought to life with a mixture of model and computer-generated animation.

Donaldson said: "I'm very excited by what I have seen of the animation, in particular by how faithful it is to the original story, while incorporating lots of imaginative touches to bring the deep dark wood alive."

The Gruffalo celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and more than four million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.

My kids will be ecstatic!

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