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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The story has some good lessons about standing up for yourself and using quick thinking to outwit an opponent.
Kids see that, despite his size, the mouse is able to use quick thinking to outsmart the animals who want to eat him.
Positive Role Models
The mouse doesn't allow the animals to intimidate him because of his size, and he proves that brains can overcome brawn.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild peril, as the mouse encounters three animals and a monster that want to eat him. A few scenes show the mouse's visions of being eaten by the animals, and others show frogs swallowing flies and birds catching fish to eat.
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The show is based on the book of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gruffalo 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This enchanting adaptation is masterfully animated to reflect the book's original drawings and set to beautifully crafted music. It offers 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, The Gruffalo is perfectly suited -- and very entertaining -- for kids of all ages.
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