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The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Fall 2012 DVD
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $9.99

Enchanting, charming, stunning, delightful, are four words that just begin to praise The Gruffalo's Child.

This 2011 animated British film is based on the children's books by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Here, a plucky little monster-like creature ignores her father's warning to stay away from the woods. One winter night she sneaks out in search of the fabled Big Bad Mouse and along the way she encounters wily animals and stormy skies and her journey becomes as emotional as it is physical.

The story is a poetic, rhyming work of art with an impressive cast - including Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Robbie Coltrane - providing exceptional interpretations of the material. Adults will be as engaged in the story as children, and film buffs will have the added pleasure of soaking in the filmmaking techniques used to create this masterpiece. Germany's Studio Soi made miniature three-dimensional sets and then populated them with CGI-animated characters, creating much more depth and visual interest than 2D or motion-capture animation. The result is a sumptuous world filled with magic and shadows and moonlight shimmering on snow and ice.

The film itself runs 40 minutes and the DVD offers several bonus extras, including an absorbing behind-the-scenes look at the rise in the Gruffalo's popularity in Britain and beyond, as well as the innovative filmmaking process.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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