The Gruffalo's Child

Synopsis: A little Gruffalo ignores her father's warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.
Genre: Animation, Family
Production: Kidtoon Films
  3 wins.
27 min

Whose are these footprints?


The Gruffalo's been here!

Hmm. No.

- Too small.

- Huh?

- What else could it be?

- What else could it be?



I'll tell you what it could be.

- Ahhh!

- Oh!

The Gruffalo said that...

No Gruffalo should ever set foot

in the deep, dark wood.

Why not?

Why not? Oh!

Because, if you do,

the Big Bad Mouse will be after you.

I met him once.

Said the Gruffalo.

I met him a long, long time ago.

What does he look like?

Tell us, Dad.

Is he terribly big and terribly bad?

Um... I can't quite remember.

The Gruffalo said.

Then he thought for a minute...

and scratched his head.

The Big Bad Mouse... terribly strong.

Terribly strong?

And his scaly tail is terribly long.

Terribly long?

His eyes are like pools

of terrible fire.

Terrible fire.

And his terrible whiskers

are tougher than wire.

Tougher than wire?

The Big Bad Mouse... terribly strong.

And his scaly tail is terribly long.

His eyes are like pools

of terrible fire

and his terrible whiskers

are tougher than wire.

The Big Bad Mouse.

One snowy night

when the Gruffalo snored...

...the Gruffalo's child

was feeling bored.

The Gruffalo's child was

feeling brave

so she tiptoed out

of the Gruffalo cave.

The snow fell fast

and the wind blew wild.

Into the wood went

the Gruffalo's child.


A- ha! O-ho!

A trail in the snow.

Whose is this trail?

And where does it go?

A tail poked out of a log-pile house.

Could this be the tail...

...of the Big Bad Mouse?

Out slid the creature.



His eyes are small.

And he doesn't have whiskers.

No, none at all!

You're not the mouse!

Not I.

Said the snake.

But he's down by the lake...


...Eating Gruffalo cake.





The snow fell fast

and the wind blew wild.

I'm not scared.

Said the Gruffalo's child.

A- ha.

O- ho!

Marks in the snow.

Whose are these claw marks?

Where do they go?


Two eyes gleamed out

of a treetop house.

Could these be the

eyes of the Big Bad Mouse?

Down flew the creature.

His tail is short...

and he doesn't have whiskers

of any sort.



You're not the Mouse.

Too-whit, too-whoo!

Not I.

But he's somewhere nearby.


Gruffalo pie!



The snow fell fast

and the wind blew wild.

I'm not scared.

Said the Gruffalo's child.

And then?


A- ha!

O- ho.

A track in the snow.

Whose is this track?

And where does it go?

Whiskers at last,

and an underground house.

Could this be the home

of the Big Bad Mouse?


Out slunk the creature.

His eyes aren't fiery.

His tail isn't scaly.

His whiskers aren't wiry.


Achoo! Oh!

You're not the Mouse!



You're not the Mouse.


Oh! Oh, no, not me.

He's, er...

He's under a tree!

Er, drinking...

...Gruffalo tea.

Ha ha.

Ha... ah!

It's all a trick.

Said the Gruffalo's child

as she sat on a stump

where the snow lay piled.

I don't believe

in the Big Bad Mouse.

But here comes a little one

out of his house.

Mmm, not big... not bad...

but a mouse at least.

You'll taste good

as a midnight feast.


Wait... wait!

Said the Mouse.

Before you eat...

There's... a... friend of mine...

that you ought to meet.


If you let me hop on to a...

...hazel twig...

I'll beckon my friend...

so bad and big.

The Gruffalo's child

unclenched her fist.

The Big Bad Mouse?

So he does exist?


The Mouse hopped

into the hazel tree.

He beckoned, then said...

Just wait and see.

Out came the moon.

It was bright and round.

A terrible shadow

fell onto the ground.

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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson (born 16 September 1948) is an English writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Reading Tree. more…

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