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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Programme Information

Network TV BBC Weeks 51/52
Gruffalo feature

If you go down to the woods today...

James Corden and Robbie Coltrane provide the voices for the Mouse and the Gruffalo in BBC One's animation of the popular children's book

The Gruffalo


The magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut comes to BBC One this Christmas.

Here, Programme Information gives the lowdown on the colourful creatures in this animation film, based on the popular children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Gruffalo (Voiced by Robbie Coltrane)
Gruffalo is big and strong, but simple-minded and direct. In contrast to all the predators, he always speaks the truth and has a hard time imagining that others wouldn't. He's not manipulative or evil – he's just very big and very hungry. And mice happen to be his favourite food.

Mouse (Voiced by James Corden)
Mouse is new to this forest world – a fledgling. He's clever and a fast learner and an incorrigible optimist. At first, he has to rely on pure instinct. Cornered by a predatorial Fox, Mouse is kissed by inspiration and invents the imaginary Gruffalo. To his great surprise, however, the story gets him out of trouble and he then uses it with increasing confidence in the following encounters with Owl and Snake.

Mother Squirrel (Voiced by Helena Bonham Carter)
A nurturing mother, Mother Squirrel is at ease with the woods and accustomed to skilfully avoiding dangers from predators on her daily mission to collect nuts. She loves telling stories to her children, while drawing on her rich imagination to conjure up a magical world.

Owl (Voiced by John Hurt)
Owl is visibly past his prime, but he's in denial of that. A big-headed, rather self-absorbed schlump, he is still a tougher, more complete predator than Fox. Frail to look at, Owl is still murderous by nature. Mouse's refusal to have tea with him, however, is a major insult to one so vain.

Fox (Voiced by Tom Wilkinson)
Fox thinks of himself as a charmer. He's not the brightest but is perfectly capable of seducing his prey and he's used to success – that is until he meets Mouse. Outwitted in their first encounter, Fox reveals his inner coward and leaves in a panic. Fox's sneezing, due to a pollen allergy, is a recurring feature of the film.

Snake (Voiced by Rob Brydon)
Snake is a cold-hearted eating machine. While one victim is in his mouth, his mind is already on his next prey. His invitation to Mouse to come to feast with him is entirely rhetorical – Mouse has no choice whatsoever and Snake already knows the answer.

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