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The Gruffalo's Child
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Created by Max Lang
Based on The Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
Written by Julia Donaldson
Axel Scheffler
Directed by Johannes Weiland
Uwe Heidschotter
Starring Rob Brydon
Robbie Coltrane
James Corden
Shirley Henderson
John Hurt
Tom Wilkinson
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter
Theme music composer René Aubry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Martin Pope
Michael Rose
Editor(s) Robin Sales
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Magic Light Pictures
Studio Soi
Distributor E1 Entertainment
Original network BBC One
Original release 25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)

The Gruffalo's Child is a 2011 British short computer animated TV film based on the 2004 picture book of the same name written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A sequel to The Gruffalo, the film was shown on Christmas Day 2011 in the United Kingdom, exactly two years after the debut of the first film.

Directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschotter, the film was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures, London, in association with Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In June 2013, the film was given the Award for Best TV Special at the 8th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials


In a snowy wood, the squirrel mother's daughter shows her brother footprints in the snow, telling him they are the Gruffalo's. The squirrel boy tells their mother. However, the Mother Squirrel says the footprints are too small and tells her two children the story of the Gruffalo's child.

The story begins with the Gruffalo's daughter attempting to follow a hedgehog into the deep dark wood. Her father, however, forbids it and tells her about the time when he met the mouse. He can not remember what the mouse looks like and describes him as a monster, calling him "the big bad mouse", and his daughter imagines the mouse to be just as her father depicts him.

That night, however, the Gruffalo's daughter decides to explore the deep dark world and find the big bad mouse. On her journey, she follows footprints and meets the animals from the previous story (first the snake, then the owl, and finally the fox), who tell her where to find the mouse. She finally decides that the monster does not exist and that the animals and her father tricked her. She begins to cry but then notices the mouse. When she ruthlessly threatens to eat him, he manipulates her to let him show her the monster is real. He makes a scary shadow in the moonlight on the branch of a hazel tree. The Gruffalo's child believes the shadow to be the big bad mouse and runs out of the forest in fear, with the mouse following her. In the Gruffalo cave, she is now comfortable at her father's side and the mouse watches over them.

When the Mother Squirrel finishes the story, her daughter reveals that she made the Gruffalo footprints to prank her brother and they go to play.

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