Have you ever read The Gruffalo? It’s a modern kidbook masterpiece! Seriously, it’s easily as cool as Where The Wild Things Are, which is being turned into a feature length film by Spike Jonze. So where’s our Gruffalo flick? Well, fear not. You see, The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, will be turned into a film for BBC One and shown this Christmas! Wahoo! What’s more, it’s going to have a proper, all-star super cast doing the voices! The Gruffalo features the voxular talents of Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo; Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator’ James Corden as the Mouse, Rob Brydon as the Snake; John Hurt as the Owl and Tom Wilkinson as the Fox. How great does that sound? Very great.
Jay Hunt, controller of BBC One, says: It’s a real privilege to bring a modern classic like The Gruffalo to BBC One. This captivating animation is a charming addition to the channel.
If you don’t know, The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three predators who wish to eat him – a fox, and owl and a snake – the plucky rodent has to use his wits to survive, creating an imaginary monster who then turns out to be only too real.
Axek Scheffler’s brilliant artwork is being brought to life with a unique mixture of model and CGI animation.
Julia Donaldson says: “I’m very excited by what I have seen of the animation, in particular by how faithful it is to the original story, which incorporating lost of imaginative touches to bring the deep dark wood alive.”
This looks like a dead-cert to be a Christmas classic for years to come for both children and adults.