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The Gruffalo: The Charming Oscar-Nominated Family Film

With appeal to children of all ages, “The Gruffalo” features wily characters and timeless themes brought stunningly to life through a mixture of animation techniques including stop motion and CGI. “The Gruffalo” is the story of a plucky mouse who takes a walk in the woods to find a nut. Surrounded by the brilliant sights and sounds of the forest, Mouse must use his wits to scare off a series of hungry predators who think he’d make a fine meal. In this classic tale, even the fiercest denizens of the woods are no match for the brave and clever little mouse.

“The Gruffalo” aired on ABC Family in December 2010 and is scheduled to be re-broadcast on ABC Family during the 2011 holiday season. Also nominated for a BAFTA, the film was directed by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang and produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope.

NCircle Entertainment has acquired US DVD distribution rights to “The Gruffalo,” a 2011 Academy Award nominee for best animated short film, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter (best supporting actress Oscar nominee for “The King’s Speech”). An enchanting tale about courage, wit and determination, “The Gruffalo” is voiced by a who’s who of British character actors including Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt and Robbie Coltrane in the title role. The film is based on the internationally beloved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler that has sold nearly five million copies worldwide.

NCircle released the DVD on August 16 for a suggested retail price of $9.99. Bonus content includes a photo gallery and a “making of” documentary. The total running time is only 40 minutes. *perfect for squirmy little ones*

Established in 2006, NCircle Entertainment currently distributes over 300 DVD titles from 20 popular animated and live-action children’s programs, primarily geared to a preschool audience, that combine high-quality production, entertainment and education values. As part of its commitment to making a positive difference in all children’s lives, NCircle is a proud member of K.I.D.S. (, whose efforts to date have reached over 65 million kids globally with new products valued at over one billion dollars.

Would you like to own this?

We are giving away 1 copy of this DVD, leave a comment below. We will pick a winner randomly next week! Must be 18, US only.

Winner is Lisa M: Bruno****[email protected]

It really is an adorable movie. I received a copy to review and my daughter sat still through the entire thing. I think you will love it. Good luck!

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  • Angela

    Looks really cute! I would love to see it!

  • Stacey Chaffee

    Sounds cute! I’d love to enter but your website goes wacko on my phone :( I’ll have to check back later and see if it changes.

  • Kaydee

    I’ve never heard of this movie before, but it looks and sounds like something my 2 boys and nephew would love!

  • Modern Day Moms

    Sorry to hear! Maybe we should install a mobile app that is compatible with your phone? What kind of phone do you have?

  • Lisa M

    Would love this for my kids and nephew, it looks cute :) I haven’t found very many movies that my kids will sit through! Thank you!

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