The Highway Rat Film Review and Giveaway

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 Highway Rat

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..

We have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers. Enter via the Gleam app below.

UK only and the closing date is 15 February 2018.

The Highway Rat DVD

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  1. Margaret Clarkson
    February 1, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I love “The Ladykillers” because it is so entertaining, the cast are great, especially Alec Guinness.

  2. Tracy Nixon
    February 1, 2018 / 1:04 pm

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  3. Susan B
    February 1, 2018 / 1:17 pm

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  4. iain maciver
    February 1, 2018 / 2:29 pm

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  5. Susan Smith
    February 1, 2018 / 2:39 pm

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  6. john prendergast
    February 1, 2018 / 2:41 pm

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  7. Chris Andrews
    February 1, 2018 / 2:54 pm

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  8. Catherine McAlinden
    February 1, 2018 / 4:14 pm

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  9. Lesley Bradley
    February 1, 2018 / 5:31 pm

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  10. LARA Latchem
    February 1, 2018 / 7:54 pm

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  11. Hannah Scudder
    February 1, 2018 / 7:54 pm

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  12. Solange
    February 1, 2018 / 9:23 pm

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  13. ashleigh allan
    February 1, 2018 / 9:36 pm

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  14. Emma chapman
    February 2, 2018 / 8:26 am

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    February 2, 2018 / 9:32 am

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  16. Becky Yeomans
    February 2, 2018 / 9:55 am

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  17. Rhia
    February 2, 2018 / 10:49 am

    It’s only a short animation so I don’t know if it counts, but my son and I love watching ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’. Fab story, beautifully illustrated on screen and with gorgeous music too.

    When he’s asleep though, my film tastes seem to be a bit darker, like ‘V for Vendetta’ or ‘Withnail and I’. Not family viewing!

  18. Sarah Lambert
    February 2, 2018 / 11:20 am

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  19. helen tovell
    February 2, 2018 / 11:24 am

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  20. Laura Pritchard
    February 2, 2018 / 11:28 am

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  21. Jo Carroll
    February 2, 2018 / 11:47 am

    If we’re talking children’s stories…we watch The Gruffalo all the time – so can’t wait to see this other Julia Donaldson tale on the tv. x

  22. Clare Hubbard
    February 2, 2018 / 12:02 pm

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  23. kRIS
    February 2, 2018 / 3:35 pm

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    February 2, 2018 / 4:39 pm

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  25. A.E. ADKINS
    February 3, 2018 / 8:13 am

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  26. Jackie Howell
    February 3, 2018 / 10:00 am

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  27. Kathleen marsden
    February 3, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    It reminds me of the films I used to watch in the 70’s. Great storyline and British actors

  28. laura banks
    February 4, 2018 / 11:39 am

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  29. Jade Hewlett
    February 4, 2018 / 2:16 pm

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  30. Tasha
    February 4, 2018 / 8:09 pm

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  31. Laura Harrison
    February 5, 2018 / 2:31 am

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    February 5, 2018 / 1:43 pm

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    February 7, 2018 / 1:17 am

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  36. Jennifer
    February 8, 2018 / 1:48 am

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  37. Rich Tyler
    February 8, 2018 / 11:25 pm

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  38. kimberley ryan
    February 9, 2018 / 9:53 am

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  39. Lynn Neal
    February 9, 2018 / 8:13 pm

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  40. Samantha R
    February 10, 2018 / 4:58 pm

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  41. aj
    February 10, 2018 / 5:12 pm

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  42. Kirsty Hosty
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  43. janine atkin
    February 12, 2018 / 2:01 pm

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  44. Stef
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    February 13, 2018 / 4:46 pm

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  46. Christina Palmer
    February 13, 2018 / 5:07 pm

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  47. Stephanie
    February 13, 2018 / 6:56 pm

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      February 13, 2018 / 7:50 pm

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  48. sheri Darby
    February 13, 2018 / 7:49 pm

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  49. Maria Jane Knight
    February 14, 2018 / 11:29 am

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    February 14, 2018 / 12:00 pm

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  51. Adrian Bold
    February 14, 2018 / 1:05 pm

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    February 14, 2018 / 4:48 pm

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    February 14, 2018 / 7:08 pm

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  55. Lisa Wilkinson
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  57. Diana
    February 14, 2018 / 11:25 pm

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    February 15, 2018 / 6:05 am

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    February 15, 2018 / 6:16 am

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  61. Jo Hutchings
    February 15, 2018 / 8:25 am

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  62. Katie
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      February 21, 2018 / 1:47 pm

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  63. Carla mooney
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  64. Sarah Lee
    February 15, 2018 / 12:41 pm

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  65. Jenny Prest
    February 15, 2018 / 1:32 pm

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  66. zoe brown
    February 15, 2018 / 2:03 pm

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      February 21, 2018 / 1:46 pm

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      February 21, 2018 / 1:45 pm

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  69. Jeanette Leighton
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    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      I haven’t seen that film, I will add it to my list of one’s to watch.

  70. joanne cox
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  71. Danielle Graves
    February 15, 2018 / 9:38 pm

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    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Oh such a wonderful film, I’ve only seen it once but enjoyed it.

  72. Cathryn Crawshaw
    February 15, 2018 / 9:50 pm

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    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      I used to be a massive fan of that film.

    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      That’s a favourite of mine.

  73. Natalie Crossan
    February 15, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Titanic. It’s such a beautiful love story x

  74. Kate Davies
    February 15, 2018 / 10:59 pm

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    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      That is such an awesome film, I remember watching it will my parents several times when I was younger.

  75. Tammy Neal
    February 15, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    Green mile classic film x

    • Lynsey Ward
      February 21, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Oh I do love that film

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