An animated film based on the classic children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo tells the magical 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'.
This was shown on TV as part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season and you can watch it again on BBC iPlayer until 7.29pm on Saturday 2nd January 2010. I predict we'll have watched it online at least seventy hundred times by then, so thank goodness we can pre-order the DVD. I might even get my laptop back.
The animation is perfect, bringing the book to life flawlessly, and the all-star cast makes it something I'm happy to watch over and over again. James Corden of Gavin & Stacey fame is completely brilliant as the mouse, and Rob Brydon has the snake down to a fine art. And who better to play the Gruffalo himself but Robbie Coltrane? Genius. Even the seventy hundredth time round.