Our new intern Ashley got to go see a movie called The Gruffalo today. The Gruffalo will be showing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Saturday, April 16th at 12:45 p.m. in Toronto, as part of the Sprockets International Film Festival for Children and Youth. Read on to see what Ashley thought of the movie!
The Gruffalo is a fantastic children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and now it has been adapted into a 30-minute short film. The story follows a brave mouse in search of a nut to eat. In his journey he meets several forest dwellers that want to eat him. He scares them off with his story of the Gruffalo, a creature with terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaw. The mouse marches on through the woods, feeling pretty good about himself, until he comes face to face with the one and only Gruffalo. Now the mouse must convince the Gruffalo not to eat him too!
I won’t ruin the ending for you, because this movie is a must-see for fans of the book and of animated movies.
Here are a few fun facts about the film:
1) The animation is brilliantly done with great detail; it is as if the storybook has come to life in front of your eyes.
2) It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Animated Film and a BAFTA award in England.
3) Just like the book, the entire movie is told in rhymes. Who doesn’t love rhyming mice?
4) A sequel is already being made is and expected to be out around Christmas 2011. The second book in the series The Gruffalo’s Child is the story of the Gruffalo warning his children about the dangerous mouse that lives in the forest.
If you are in Toronto, make sure to check out The Gruffalo, or any of the movies playing at Sprockets this weekend.
Talk to you later!
Ashley, Chirp Intern