The Gruffalo's Child

  • Review Date: August 13, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 40 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Some peril in sweet storybook sequel.
  • Review Date: August 13, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 40 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This title entertains more than it educates, but there are some sweet examples of love between parents and kids.

Positive messages

The story illustrates the value of clever thinking and courage in the face of danger as kids see the Mouse craft his way out of a tight spot with the Gruffalo's Child.

Positive role models

The Mouse proves that brains are more important than brawn when you're facing an adversary, and the Gruffalo's Child's experiences are a good example of why it's important to heed your parents' advice.

Violence & scariness

There are a few surprises that might frighten kids, like when an owl suddenly flies out of a tree. In one scene, the Gruffalo's Child puts the Mouse in her mouth to eat him, but he manages to talk his way out of the situation.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The movie is inspired by a book of the same name and follows an original story and accompanying movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Gruffalo's Child is as beautifully adapted from the storybook of the same name as was the original tale, The Gruffalo. This movie is a wonderful choice for families, but very young kids might find some of the animals a little frightening or be upset by the Mouse's initial peril when the two characters meet. The movie reinforces positive themes about courage and the value of brains over brawn and celebrates the sense of security a child feels at home with his or her parents.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD, the young daughter (voiced by Shirley Henderson) of the forest Gruffalo (Robbie Coltrane) gathers her courage and sets off into the woods in search of the Big Bad Mouse (James Corden) that her father's warned her about. Her journey brings her face to face with the Snake (Rob Brydon), the Owl (John Hurt), and the Fox (Tom Wilkinson), each of whom directs her further into the woods on her quest for the legendary monster of her father's stories. But when she finally encounters him, she feels unthreatened by his size, and the clever little Mouse has to think fast to avoid becoming a late-night snack.

Is it any good?

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This darling film based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler turns the tables on the original story's plot, making the Mouse the object of fascination for the mini Gruffalo. In some ways, this makes it even more fun for kids, since they know from the start that a mouse would be no match for the young Gruffalo, yet her anxiety grows with every step that brings her nearer to his whereabouts. What's more, there are some good life lessons tied up in the story, particularly when it comes to fearing the unknown and creative problem-solving.

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and set to beautiful music that complements the enchanting animation, The Gruffalo's Child spans the age divide to entertain families, but if your little one is a sensitive sort, you may want to preview the movie to suss out the impact of some of the more perilous moments before you tune in together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about coping with fear. What scares the Child the most about the Mouse? How does her impression of the Mouse change once she's face to face with him? Have you ever been afraid of something only to discover it's not so bad?

  • How does the Mouse compensate for his size and win his freedom from the Gruffalo's Child? Can you think of another way he could have tricked her?

  • Kids: What are some of your favorite characters from books? Are they also on TV or in movies? If not, would you like it if they were?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 14, 2012
Cast:Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Shirley Henderson
Director:Uwe Heidschotter
Studio:NCircle Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Wild animals
Run time:40 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 4 year old Written bygauberger February 9, 2013
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5
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Faithful to the book

Our son loves the book. This is very faithful rendition of the story. A little scary at first watch.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent Written byammok February 23, 2014
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5
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Good movie but the big, bad mouse may be scary

Me and my toddler enjoyed this 30 minute movie but this movie may be a little scary for 4 years olds. My 4 year old constantly kept talking about the big, bad mouse after the movie. Asking me questions as to what if the mouse is real and such, and I had to comfort him that it was part of the fiction, which he understood (but still scary for him, nonetheless!)
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 February 10, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

generic, pathetic, and dumb kids flick will offput ANYONE

a mess of a movie, you can guess what they are exactly going to say next. its a boring, stupid, and dumd mess.

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