The Gruffalo (film)
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Poster for The Gruffalo
|Distributed by||Magic Light Pictures|
|Directed by||Max Lang
|Produced by||Martin Pope
|Written by||Julia Donaldson
Helena Bonham Carter
|Music by||René Aubry|
|Production company||Magic Light Pictures
|Country||United Kingdom, Germany|
|Running time||27 minutes|
Directed by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, the film was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures, London, in association with the award winning Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg, Germany, who developed and created the film.
9.8 million people watched the UK premiere on BBC One, Friday December 25, 2009 and the film went on to receive both an Academy Award and a BAFTA nomination. The short will be screened in US theaters, where it will be distributed by Kidtoon Films. Also, a The Wiggles feature will be screened alongside it. In December 2012, the film and its sequel The Gruffalo's Child premiered on television in the United States on PBS Kids Sprout.
The Gruffalo tells the tale of a mouse who takes a walk though the woods in search of a nut. Encountering three predators who all wish to eat him - a fox, an owl and a snake - the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. He announces that he is meeting a monster with terrible features, a ‘Gruffalo’, and the three predators are each panicked into running away.
Mouse is now increasingly confident. There is nothing that can touch him in these woods. Until he rounds a corner and comes face to face with the extraordinary product of his imagination: the Gruffalo itself. Once again Mouse has to dig deep to escape the danger, saying that he is the scariest.then his tummy rumbles and he said his favourite food is Gruffalo crumble. Finally safe, he finds a nut, and can eat it in peace.
Background and production
The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, was published in 1999 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In a BBC Radio 2 poll in 2009, the book was voted as the UK’s favourite bedtime story.
The film premiered on BBC One, Christmas Day 2009, watched by 9.8 million people, with The Daily Mirror hailing it as "a family classic for years to come". Review website Den of Geek described it as an "utterly charming piece of magic". Paul Connolly of The Daily Mail called it "captivating".
The film has been broadcast across the world, including on ZDF in Germany. It premiered on United States television on December 9, 2010 on ABC Family during its 25 Days of Christmas programming block. It also aired on YTV in Canada on December 18, 2011.
The Gruffalo has also been shown on Nick Jr in the UK and is distributed on DVD by Entertainment One. NCircle distribute the DVD in the USA, Phase 4 in Canada and Concorde in Germany.
A Scottish Gaelic version has also been produced, with the voice of the Gruffalo provided by Bill Paterson. An Gruffalo was first shown on BBC Alba on Christmas Eve 2010.
The film has also proved a hit with festival audiences around the world. On top of its Academy Award and BAFTA nominations it has also been awarded prizes at festivals including Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Anima Mundi (Brazil), The Broadcast Awards 2011 (UK), Cartoons on the Bay (Italy), Chicago International Children's Festival (Canada), CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Prix Jeunesse (Germany), Sapporo Short Fest (Japan), Shanghai Television Festival (China) and Internationales Trick Film Festival (Germany). The Gruffalo was also nominated for the prestigious Cartoon d'or 2011.
Awards and Nominations
|83rd Academy Awards||Jakob Schuh
|Best Animated Short Film||Nominated|
|63rd British Academy Film Awards||Michael Rose
|Best Short Animation||Nominated|
|Cartoon d'or ||Jakob Schuh
|Anima Mundi Festival 2010 ||Jakob Schuh
|Best Short For Children||Won|
|Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2010 ||Jakob Schuh
|Award For Best TV Special||Won|
|Broadcast Awards 2011||Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi||Best Children's Programme||Won|
|CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2011||Jakob Schuh
|Chicago International Children's Film Festival||Jakob Schuh
|Best of the Fest||Won|
|Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010 ||Jakob Schuh
|Best Television Animation Made for Children||Won|
|Sapporo Short Fest 2010||Jakob Schuh
|Children's Choice Award Silver||Won|
Main article: The Gruffalo's Child (film)
The sequel to the Gruffalo, based on the follow-up to the picture book, was shown on BBC One on Christmas Day 2011.
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