Character profile: 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.
Character profile: Mouse (Voiced by James Corden)
Mouse is new to this forest world – a fledgling. He's clever, 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.
Character profile: Mother Squirrel (Voiced by Helena Bonham Carter)
A nurturing parent, Mother Squirrel (left) 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.
Character profile: 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.
Character profile: 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.
Character profile: 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.
- Mother Squirrel
- Helena Bonham Carter
- Rob Brydon
- The Gruffalo
- Robbie Coltrane
- James Corden
- John Hurt
- Tom Wilkinson
- Michael Rose
- Martin Pope
- Julia Donaldson