The Gruffalo's Child (2012)





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Based on the children's picture book by author Julia Donaldson, this animated tale follows a creature called the Gruffalo and his young daughter, who wants to explore life outside of their clearing despite her father's warnings of a Big Bad Mouse that lurks in the forest.
Animation , Kids & Family
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Kidtoon Films

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Shirley Henderson
as Gruffalo's Child
Helena Bonham Carter
as Mother Squirrel
Rob Brydon
as Snake
Robbie Coltrane
as Gruffalo
Sam Lewis
as First Little Squirrel
Phoebe Givron-Taylor
as Second Little Squirrel
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Critic Reviews for The Gruffalo's Child

All Critics (1)

Some peril in sweet storybook sequel.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Gruffalo's Child

The big, bad mouse. One morning the squirrel children wake up from hibernation to discover some strange tracks in front of their house. They tell their mom they think it is Gruffalo tracks. The squirrel mom looks at the tracks and tells the squirrel children a tale of the baby Gruffalo and how he wondered into the forest one day looking for the big, bad mouse." "No Gruffalo should set foot in the deep dark woods." Uwe Heidschooter and Johannes Weiland collaborate to delivers The Gruffalo Child. The storyline for this picture is well written and fun to watch unfold and the animation are excellent. I loved the characters and the interactions between characters. The voices also fit the content perfectly. "Into the woods went the Gruffalo's child." I came across this picture on Netflix and had to add it to our wishlist. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the first gem and enjoyed this one just as much. Overall, it would be nice if this 26 minute short film was longer, but it is still worth watching with your child for sure! "He's somewhere nearby, eating Gruffalo pie." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Mythology in action. Brilliant.

Angela Alcorn
Angela Alcorn

Super Reviewer


One of the honorable mentions in the Oscar nominated animated shorts program. This sequel again uses Helena Bonham Carter as a mother squirrel to narrate the rhyming fable. The same snake, owl, and fox who appeared in the Oscar nominated short from a couple years ago play lesser parts this time around. Instead the Gruffalo's child tests her courage by seeking the Big Bad Mouse that her father tells her tales about to keep her from wandering alone in the woods. The mouse does not play such a large role as before either, but again survives by his quick wits. And the Gruffalo's child learns to stay sheltered in her cave with her father's protection.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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