JULIA Donaldson’s popular book The Highway Rat has been adapted to a wonderful animated film. This 30 minuet film is one that children and adults alike will enjoy.
The film sees the Highway Rat is as a pretty mean character that torments the other animals by stealing their sugary foods.
The highway rat of the title (voiced by David Tennant) begins the tale as a good-for-nothing bully… a swashbuckling rodent who terrorise’s his local neighbourhood for the food needed to fill his belly. But no creature is safe from his tyranny – no matter how useless the food to himself.
A little squirrel is forced to relinquish his nuts, and a rabbit is forced to hand over her clover, just so that the rat can maintain the vice-like grip he holds over anyone foolhardy enough to be caught on his highway stretch.
Things change, however, when a duck lures the rat to a cave, high up a mountain, and traps him inside to ponder his ill-gotten gains. However the rat gets stuck in a puddle and only manages to escape when he changes his ways.
The film delves into the turning point of Rats journey. He changes from a villainous character to realising the error of his ways. As a result he wants forgiveness for his ways and seeks personal redemption.
The film also delivered a timely message about the pitfalls of selfishness and greed. Throughout the film there is a lot to savour, a wonderful vibrant animated film. It was so enjoyable that it is one of those films that you can watch over and over again.
I absolutely recommend this wonderful film..
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UK only and the closing date is 15 February 2018.