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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This title entertains more than it educates, but there are some sweet examples of love between parents and kids.
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.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is inspired by a book of the same name and follows an original story and accompanying movie.
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. 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 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.
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