What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this beautiful adaptation is based on the acclaimed children's book of the same name, so kids might be encouraged to follow up with a reading session. A few scenes show Mouse envisioning being eaten by the animals he encounters, so very young kids might need an extra cuddle, but other than that, this is a wonderful special to enjoy with little ones.
What's the story?
On a stroll through the deep, dark wood, Mouse (voiced by James Corden) encounters three animals who think he looks like a tasty meal -- but he outwits each one by telling them that he's scheduled to meet a Gruffalo, an imaginary creature that Mouse describes as having large teeth, sharp claws, and a poisonous wart on his nose. Imagine Mouse's shock to discover that the Gruffalo (Robbie Coltrane) actually exists! When the Gruffalo then threatens to eat him, Mouse claims to be the fiercest creature around, offering to prove it if the monster will follow him back through the wood. As they encounter the three animals again, each is frightened by the sight of the Gruffalo, who interprets their fear as directed at Mouse and flees for his life.
Is it any good?
Masterfully animated to reflect the book's original drawings and set to beautifully crafted music, this enchanting adaptation is a great opportunity for parents to hit the couch with their kids and take in a truly wonderful story. Based on the award-winning children's book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the show breathes life into these loved characters and teaches a lesson about not letting size intimidate you. The crafty mouse uses his smarts to escape the larger and more powerful animals, who fall for his tricks out of unfounded fear.
There are some perilous scenes when the mouse envisions his own death at the hands of the animals, but other than that, it's perfectly suited -- and very entertaining -- for kids of all ages.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the story. Do you think Mouse was scared when he met the animals who wanted to eat him? Did he show his fear? How did he outsmart them? Were you surprised that they fell for his trick?
Kids: How does the show compare to the book? Did you like the animation style? Were the characters like you imagined them? What other books would you like to see made into TV shows or movies?
What are your family's rules about TV? Why do parents set time limits and monitor what shows you can watch? How do these rules keep you safe?