The Highway Rat is available to buy now on DVD from good retailers and Amazon, courtesy of Entertainment One. This is a short adorable animated film based on the richly imaginative book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
This beautiful 25 minute film, seen on BBC1 last Christmas is a swashbuckling adventure of bandits and biscuits. The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all things sweet. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. This sweetly satisfying animation features the voice talents of an all-star, home grown cast; David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch) as the eponymous rat; Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Cinderella, Stick Man) as narrator; Frances De La Tour (The History Boys, Into The Woods, Alice in Wonderland); Tom Hollander (Pride & Prejudice, The Night Manager, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation); and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, W1A, Last Tango in Halifax) as the Duck.
Additionally, the extras includes Behind the Scenes, Artwork Gallery and a Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler Live Performance which is definitely worth a watch! There are also subtitle options for this DVD.
We were so excited to receive the Highway Rat merchandise pack, including the DVD, a Highway Rat plush, puzzle and a copy of the book to really get our family in the mood.
This is a beautifully animated and captivating story that will be loved by little ones. It also delivers a message about the risk of selfishness and greed, as well as a potent reminder of how good deeds can bring even better ones. This is another great story by Julia Donaldson. It is an enjoyable film for all the family.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link. Image used with permission.