This Christmas one of the must see animations was the adaptation of the classic tale 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt'. The story is one we know well and one we often recite on our many outdoor adventures. The girls love to pretend that we are going on a bear hunt when we are out and about and it really is a true favourite of ours.
As always when a classic book comes to screen I feel apprehensive hoping that the screen adaptation will remain true to the book. We're Going on a Bear Hunt has been adapted and produced by the makers of the hugely popular The Snowman and The Snowdog and given how much we love watching those as a family I was very confident we would enjoy We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
We settled down together to watch the DVD. As the story unfolded we could see the animation had expanded upon the classic story. This was done in such a way that it enhanced the original story and we enjoyed the film as much as we enjoy the book. The film did however touch on a separate range of emotions from the book, one of empathy towards the bear. My youngest daughter falling in love with the song entitled Me & You specially composed for the film by British singer-songwriter George Ezra.
One of the aspects of the film I really liked is that the animation was similar to that of the original story. Everything from the colours to the way the characters were drawn. I liked this touch as in my opinion it gave the film more credibility and watch-ability. Another lovely touch is that the author Michael Rosen also makes an appearance as the Bear.
The film features the voices of Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams as brand new characters Mum, Grandma and Dad. In addition to the film the DVD comes with some great special features and even some bear ears!
With half term around the corner this is such a heart warming film to enjoy all together and for many years after.
The DVD was sent for review, all words are my own opinion