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Gruffalo stars as centerpiece of BBC's Christmas

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 9th 2009 1:02PM
The Gruffalo is becoming a BBC star this Christmas.When Christmas time rolls around, you can enjoy visits from Santa Claus, St. Nick, the Ghost of Christmas Past and, if you're watching the BBC, the Gruffalo.

The popular children's book is now an animated special for the BBC (soon to visit the U.S.) and is now the centerpiece of the network's holiday season.

Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and published in 1999, The Gruffalo is a 700-word story that's been translated into multiple languages and adapted into a stage play. It tells the story of a mouse outwitting several deadly animals as he walks through the forest until he meets the title beast.

The new animated special features the fantastic Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo, Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator, John Hurt as an owl, and Tom Wilkinson as a fox. It's been brought to life with stop motion and CGI animation by Magic Light -- led by producer Michael Rose, who worked on Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.

Airing multiple times through the season on BBC1 and CBBC in the U.K., it's rumored to be destined for a BBC America pick-up and an international children's DVD release. Stay tuned for more on that if you'd like to treat a kid in your life to this animated treat.

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