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The Highway Rat

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Animated adaptation shows it's never too late to change.

Movie NR 2018 25 minutes
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Another adaptation from the Julia Donaldson stable of preschool books, this cartoon adventure fails to capture the magic of the likes of The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. The animation looks great and once again the appeal of Donaldson's stories pulls in an array of voice talent including Tennant, Rob Brydon, and Tom Hollander. But whereas Donaldson's other tales captured the imagination with clever plot twists, here the rat's predictable journey to redemption is pedestrian and lacks any cutting edge, much like the rat's pointy sword.

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