The Highway Rat was released yesterday on DVD and we were kindly sent a little gift bundle of goodies to enjoy in order to celebrate the release… and I have a giveaway of the DVD for my readers at the end of this post, too!
The girls and I curled up on the sofa after school today to watch the animated tale of the “baddie” rat, brilliantly brought to life by Magic Light Pictures, who also produced The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man, and Room on a Broom. It seems to have become a yearly tradition for one of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s books to be adapted for the screen by the company, and all of them have been simply wonderful – and The Highway Rat is no different.
They have managed to tell the tale of the book very well in what is essentially a short period of time for a lot of story – quite a lot happens in The Highway Rat, really! The music is brilliantly scored and the voices of David Tennant and Rob Brydon as the Highway Rat and the Narrator are just perfect. It’s a star studded cast, also including Frances De La Tour, Tom Hollander, and Nina Sosanya. The girls were glued to the telly while it was on, as we managed to miss it over Christmas with all the illness, and this was our first viewing.
Lydia enjoyed following the story in the book while it played out on screen, cuddling her new rat the whole time… and then promptly did all four puzzles after we finished watching and I’d read the book to her. It’s safe to say she’s been enjoying The Highway Rat today!
Brought to DVD by Entertainment One, there are also some special features to enjoy which the girls and I watched after the animated tale had finished. I found the behind the scenes fascinating – especially seeing the voice actors at work – and Lydia and Georgie both really enjoyed Julia reading the book aloud while Axel prances about in a Highway Rat costume.
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THE HIGHWAY RAT IS AVAILABLE ON DVD ON 5th FEBRUARY, COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT ONE