Review: The Highway Rat DVD

As I mentioned recently, my two-year-old daughter is completely obsessed with The Highway Rat at the moment. The animated version – which was on BBC1 over Christmas – has really captured her imagination. Indeed, she regularly recounts favourite moments in the same intonation as the voice talent!

She was very happy, then, when a review copy of The Highway Rat DVD arrived. Featuring the voices of David Tennant, Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya, Frances De La Tour and Tom Hollander, the adaptation brings the book to life brilliantly.

If you’re not familiar with the story, you can probably guess the basic plot. A greedy rodent steals food from other creatures before learning his lesson.

What I really like about the adaptation – and, indeed, the other Donaldson/Scheffler-inspired animations – is the way that it is so faithful to the original while standing up on its own too.

For example, while the story is quite rightly told word-for-word, the rat is much more likeable. There’s a specific scene towards the end – don’t worry; I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet – that doesn’t appear in the book but which complements it beautifully. It’s creative and insightful and adds to the story without the addition of extra dialogue.

Extras include a live performance of The Highway Rat. This features both Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, which I think is a lovely touch. There’s also a nice behind-the-scenes feature which shows how the thieving rodent made his way from page to screen.

It was interesting to learn about the inspiration for the tale as well as the animation process. I was fascinated to see how the animators approached a scene in which the rat steals flies from a spider’s web. So much goes into the briefest of moments and this definitely shows in the finished product.

We love The Highway Rat and will be watching it again and again now we have a copy of our own.

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59 Comments
  • iain maciver
    February 5, 2018

    the gruffalo

  • Kayleigh Watkins
    February 5, 2018

    My five year old daughter loves the gruffalo and the gruffalos child xx

  • Susan Smith
    February 5, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Tracy Nixon
    February 5, 2018

    The Witch from Room on the Broom!

  • Ashleigh Allan
    February 5, 2018

    The gruffulo such a great storyline

  • Sharon hirst
    February 5, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Sue Bowden
    February 5, 2018

    Room on the Broom = a lovely story.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    February 5, 2018

    The GRUFFALO for us

  • Margaret Clarkson
    February 5, 2018

    The Witch from “Room on the Broom” – I love that book!

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    February 5, 2018

    Has to be the gruffalo for sure!!

  • laura banks
    February 5, 2018

    the gruffalo

  • Pam Francis Gregory
    February 5, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • JULIE WARD
    February 5, 2018

    Room on the broom, I’ve just read it with my youngest grandson

  • Laura Harrison
    February 6, 2018

    The Gruffalo, love reading that story to my boy x

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    February 6, 2018

    Definitely has to be The Gruffalo! Initially my daughter was frightened by him but as she’s come to love the story she understands that he’s ‘just big, different and friendly ‘! Her words!

  • michelle o'neill
    February 6, 2018

    the gruffalo

  • Clare Hubbard
    February 6, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • jo liddement
    February 6, 2018

    Tyrannosaurus Drip

  • Ray Dodds
    February 6, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Hannah Wallington
    February 6, 2018

    The gruffalo

  • LARA Latchem
    February 7, 2018

    Tiddler

  • aj
    February 7, 2018

    we are Grufalo fans

  • Solange
    February 8, 2018

    The Gruffalo.

  • Jade Hewlett
    February 9, 2018

    The gruffalo

  • claire woods
    February 11, 2018

    the gruffalo

  • Lynn neal
    February 13, 2018

    The mouse in the Gruffalo is my favourite character!

  • Nicola Marshall
    February 13, 2018

    We like the stick man and the gruffalo.

  • Ruth Harwood
    February 14, 2018

    the gruffalo

  • Ron Goodwin
    February 14, 2018

    Stick Man

  • Sheri Darby
    February 15, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Ana N.
    February 15, 2018

    Stickman

  • Susan B
    February 16, 2018

    Spinderella is fun and probably my favourite but also love Stick Man.

  • Stevie
    February 16, 2018

    Cave Baby.

  • Gill Williams
    February 16, 2018

    stick man!

  • MANDY DOHERTY
    February 16, 2018

    Stick man

  • Ian Yates
    February 16, 2018

    The Gruffalo.

  • Stephanie
    February 17, 2018

    Stick man

  • Karen Barrett
    February 17, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Carol Boffey
    February 17, 2018

    STICK MAN

  • Kim M
    February 17, 2018

    The witch from Room on The Broom – we love her flying upside down x

  • laura stewart
    February 17, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Lucy Carter
    February 17, 2018

    Our favourite is Stick Man

  • Adrian Bold
    February 17, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • paula cheadle
    February 18, 2018

    The Gruffalo

  • Rachel Craig
    February 18, 2018

    The Gruffalo.

  • Natalie Crossan
    February 18, 2018

    Stick man 😀

  • Simone Griffin
    February 18, 2018

    I love mouse from The Gruffalo

  • Emma Middleton
    February 18, 2018

    The gruffalo

  • Christina Palmer
    February 18, 2018

    The Gruffalo And the Gruffalo child. Fantastic stories and my grandson loves them

  • Laura Pritchard
    February 18, 2018

    I love the Snail from The Snail and the Whale

  • Carla mooney
    February 18, 2018

    The Gruffalos child is my favourite character. My kids love it but to be honest they love them all

  • Michelle Ferguson
    February 18, 2018

    Has to be the Gruffalo

  • Rachael Sexey
    February 18, 2018

    The gruffalo

  • Clare Tate
    February 18, 2018

    my kids love the Gruffalo

  • Kate Davies
    February 18, 2018

    The mouse from the gruffalo.

  • janine atkin
    February 18, 2018

    the gruffalo 🙂

  • Gaynor Vincent
    February 18, 2018

    The snail and the whale – love the art work and all the fantastic places they go, and the ending – so dramatic

  • Tammy Neal
    February 18, 2018

    The gruffalo x

  • Pauline Dring
    February 18, 2018

    Tabby McTat was a busker’s cat with a miaow that was loud and strong.

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