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141. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild
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141. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Director: Norman Foster
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Fess Parker captured the hearts of millions with his strong, confident portrayal of the legendary king of the wild frontier. There's never been a folk hero quite like Davy Crockett, and you'll see why when you watch him "grin" down a bear, battle an Indian chief in a tomahawk duel, and fight for freedom at the Alamo. Disney's popular action-adventure inspired millions of children to sport coonskin caps and sing "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett," which topped the nation's hit list for 13 weeks! As Walt Disney himself proclaimed, the story of Davy Crockett, with its entertaining blend of drama, humor, and adventure, will always be a colorful reflection of the frontier spirit. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The original Disney trilogy of Davy Crockett adventures
I missed out on the Davy Crockett craze, which means I did not have a coonskin cap and was not running around the neighborhood singing 'The Ballad of Davy Crockett" over and over again. By the time I was watching television Fess Parker was Daniel Boone and not Davy Crockett, so it took a bit of mental rearrangement to get my young mind around the idea that he was both when "The Wonderful World of Disney" rebroadcast the three adventures of Davy Crockett that were combined into the theatrical film, "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier." They made enough of an impression that my brother and I compelled our parents to buy us the Disney record that had audio versions of the three adventures. So it has been nigh on thirty, thirty-five years since I done seen these original adventure of Davy Crockett and I was a might surprised to learn they hold up pretty well.

"Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" combines "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter," "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress," and "Davy Crockett at the Alamo." Davy and his sidekick Georgie Russell (Buddy Ebsen) stop a Creek uprising and convince Chief Red Stick (Pat Hogan) to return to the ways of peace despite the help of Captain Norton (William Bakewell) and with the tactic approval of General Andy Jackson (Basil Ruysdael), spends some time speechifying in the United States Congress, and then joins the small band of volunteers led by Jim Bowie (Kenneth Tobey) defending the Alamo against the Mexican army of General Santa Ana. The middle part of the trilogy is the weakest of the adventures seeing as how Davy has to dress up in fancy duds to walk around the halls of Congress. The conclusion at the Alamo is the most memorable sequence, having a more serious tone and some impressive production values when you consider the entire battle is being shot on a soundstage (for years when I drew the Alamo it was the Disney version and not the real one that I was drawing).

Directed by Norman Foster and written by Thomas Blackburn, the biggest surprise in these episodes is Davy's attitude towards the Indians. Instead of just killing Red Stick in their tomahawk duel Davy persuades the chief to return to the land. He stops Bigfoot Mason (Mike Mazurki) from stealing the land of Charlie Two Shirts (Jeff Thompson), gives a speech in Congress defending the right of Indians to their tribal lands, and befriends the brave Busted Luck (Nick Cravat) on the way to the Alamo. The climatic battle has an appropriate gravity and does a tolerable job of sticking to history beyond reducing the role of Colonel Travis (Don Megowan). When Davy sings a final song on the last night of the battle there is an unexpected poignancy, which contrasts well with the simple determination to stay there until the end. The sight of Davy swinging old Betsy as a club while about to be overwhelmed by the Mexican troops is a memorable final image of our hero.

Ultimately the main strength of these stories are the performances of the two leads. Parker completely natural in the role and Ebsen shows an understated comic touch throughout. The friendship between Davy and Georgie becomes the one constant throughout the adventures. There are several fine supporting performances as well, particularly Ruysdael as Andy Jackson and Tobey as a fatalistic Jim Bowie. Veteran character actor Hans Conreid plays Thimbelrig, a gambler the boys pick up on their way to Texas. Granted, the nostalgic aspects of "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" is going to be a strong part of the entertainment value here, but these are very good yarns for the Fifties. Walt Disney made two more adventures in the series, "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates," both of which are much more comedic than the original trilogy while making more of an attempt to present Davy as a proper role model for the younguns.

5-0 out of 5 stars What Legends Are Made Of
Davy Crockett is one of Walt Disney's most endeared and remembered live action characters from the television and silver screen as personified by Fess Parker. This colorful and entertaining film was re-edited from three segments of Disney's TV show for theatrical distribution. Parker, with his coonskin cap and homespun drawl and witticism created a nationwide phenomenon in 1955. Who can forget "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" composed by George Bruns and Tom Blackburn. Buddy Ebsen played his sidekick George Russel, whose adventures take them from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. to the Alamo. The film's third act focusing on the defense of the Alamo, though well remembered, is somewhat labored until we see the final image of Davy Crockett passing into legend and glory. This straightforward and beautifully photographed film expounds the virtues of honesty, integrity and bravery. Highly recommended family viewing personally produced by Walt Disney.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
There has never been a greater movie (in my estimation) than Davy Crockett. I'm a seventeen year old girl and I think this is great! There is so much action, and Fess Parker portrays Crockett as a good clean honest citizen who aims for the freedom of all men everywhere. This is an All-American classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars delightful
Fess Parker is just wonderful to behold in this role. Buddy Ebsen is a great sidekick, too. The technicolor is gorgeous. The matte shots of Davy riding toward old Washington City; the costumes; the wonderful sayings; the earnestness....if this doesn't make you nostalgic for old-fashioned television, nothing ever will! An absolute gem. It's out of print so get it on eBay or something and please make sure your kids see it. If any facts are wrong, it's more than made up for in the kindheartedness with which the tales are told. My 8-year-old daughter loved it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier
Disney's Davy Crockett is a classic, and a slice of americana.
to many people, Fess Parker is and always will be Davy Crockett.

King of the Wild Frontier explores the life of Davy Crockett, from his days of fighting bullies, to indians, to running for congress, and finally, to his final moments at the Alamo.

there are some excellent speeches in this one, espically his speech in congress.

but the best part of course, is for what Davy Crockett is mostly well known for, his participation in the battle of the alamo.

here, Disney created a miniature sized Alamo fortress which looks like more fun to play paintball in than for the actual movie.
regardless, the battle scene is excellent.

you will truly enjoy Disney's Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. ... Read more

142. Dinosaurs Vol. 6
Director: Jeff McCracken, Bruce Bilson (II), Tom Trbovich, William Dear, Brian Henson
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5-0 out of 5 stars My Friend Loves This Video
My Friend Loves This Video After Watching It At A New Years Eve Party I Liked It. ... Read more

143. Disney's Sing Along Songs: 101 Dalmatians - Pongo & Perdita
Director: Kelly Ward, Victor Cook, Rick Schneider, Peter Ferk
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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It's the day of the annual Bow-Wow Ball at the Dalmatian Plantation! Pongo, Perdita, and Nanny do their best to keep your favorite puppies from Disney's live-action hit, 101 DALMATIANS, out of trouble before their friends arrive for the big party. Videos features a never-before-released song from Disney's animated 101 DALMATIANS. Don't be late -- you'll have a ball. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I can't stand this! But my kid loves it!!
My husband and I bought this video because we mistakenly thought it was going to be a "cartoon", like the majority of the other Sing-Along videos. We were really disappointed when we played it for our 1 yr old for the first time- just a bunch of dogs running around to music. LOL My daughter is nearly 15 months old now, and today when the movie ended, she started crying! So we had to rewind it and play it again. Apparently seeing real live dogs is amazing to her. She's completely mesmirized! I rate the video low for my own reasons.. but I'm sure my daughter would give it a 5. LOL

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
My 2 year old son LOVES this video. He watches it nearly everyday and prefers it over his old favorites, Barney and The Wiggles. He loves watching the dogs and their antics and he also likes to dance along with the children. This is a cute video and definitely worth buying for the young dog lover in your household.

1-0 out of 5 stars Glad its gone
This video is quite different from the other sing along song videos because it does not have on screen lyrics,i had it at one time and now its gone and i'm glad because it was boring.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disney's Sing Along Songs: 101 Dalmatians - Pongo & Perdita
My girls love this video as well as all the Disney Sing Alongs (we own ALL of them). They tend to prefer these with the actual characters and kids (beach party, disneyland fun, campout, circus 101 dalmations) than the cartoons - but still love them all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wore out the first, had to buy another
My daughter has loved this tape since she was 18 months old. Now almost five, she only watches it once a month or so, but in the old days we used to watch it 2-3 times a day. Needless to say, we wore out one copy and had to buy another.

Unfortunately, the other Disney Sing Along Songs videos are not nearly in this tape's league. ...But this one is just a bunch of dogs and kids having a party, singing songs, and having fun. Very well done. ... Read more

144. Wishing Bear
Director: Karl Geurs, Terence Harrison, Ken Kessel
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5-0 out of 5 stars Disney at its Best
Disney animation is the best even if not a full feature. The saturday afternoon fare such as the Pooh series,Aladdin and others,
represent the Disney studios willingness to continue with what works best in animation and story.Not only great stories,but lessons to be learned as well."The Piglet Who Would Be King" is a perfect example.Being able to watch these with your kids is a joy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pooh Bear is the Best!!!
When I was little I used to watch Pooh Bear everyday. When I got older they put them out on video. I went out an bought all the Pooh Bear Videos. I love them and watch them everyday. ... Read more

145. Anne of Avonlea
Director: Kevin Sullivan
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Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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This video is the sequel to the beloved children's book and video Anne of Green Gables. It continues the story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and headstrong young orphan in 1890s Canada, whose hot temper matches her red hair. Anne of Green Gables told of Anne's adoption by an elderly brother and sister, Marilla (Colleen Dewhurst) and Matthew Cuthbert, and her childhood adventures in the idyllic village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Anne of Avonlea takes up the story soon after Matthew's death, when Anne has graduated from college. It follows her struggles and adventures as an aspiring writer and English teacher in a private school on the mainland. Girls seven and older, as well as adults, will enjoy this intelligent and beautifully made film, first shown on PBS. It's filled with themes parents can discuss with their daughters--including self-reliance, generosity, and perseverance. It also gives a realistic portrayal of the situation for women during this historical period, through characters that are multifaceted and human. Anne's struggle to find her voice as a writer, to handle difficult people maturely, to stay optimistic despite setbacks, and to nurture her students are both thought provoking and entertaining. Girls will also enjoy Anne's romantic travails, as she tries to decide between two suitors: her childhood friend Gilbert, and a rich, handsome, and mysterious widower. The film is beautifully filmed, and the costumes and settings portray an idyllic time and place. The cast is excellent. Megan Follows as the spirited Anne and Dewhurst as the gruff but tender Marilla give especially fine performances. --Elisabeth Keating ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Very Good!
Anne of Avonlea, also called Anne of Green Gables the Sequel is a wonderful movie and just as good as the first movie! In this movie Anne leaves home to take a job teaching English to some snotty rich girls who give her a hard time but she soon wins them over and soon Morgan Harris the father of one of her students falls for Anne and courts her. The father played by Frank Converse is quite a bit older then Anne and my aunt kept rooting for him but having read the books and knowing who Anne's true love is I of course rooted for her beloved Gilbert. Megan Follows once again gave a wonderful performance as Anne and I highly recommend this movie and also the first movie. The only movie in this series that I was disappointed in was the third movie the Continuing story but the first two movies are very good! I could be wrong but I don't recall the character Morgan Harris being in the books and I think he may have been an added character to the movie. I do think that the actor playing him was quite handsome in a rugged sort of way but Jonathan Crombie who played Gilbert was cute too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The movie was magnificent
Growing up as a child, I have watched this movie, with my grandmother, over and over again, along with Anne of Green Gables. Normally you can't find a sequel that lived up to the first movie, but this one broke that barrier. It lived up to every imagination that you came across in the first one. It made me laugh and cry time and time again. I recommend it to everyone. The acting was beautiful, along with the setting. The movies didn't follow the books to the tee but they were written perfectly all the same. I have watched these movies since i was little and now that I'm fifteen I'm finally going to buy them. I just got the books for Christmas last year. The third movie (Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story) just aired on PBS the last two weeks, and it was great too. It didn't follow the book at all, but i wouldn't have changed a thing. It's too bad that Colleen Dewhurst didn't live to be in the last one, she would have done a great performance. They were all great.

For anyone who loves to laugh, cry and be inspired these movies are definitely for you. (Young or Old)

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel
If you like Anne of Green Gables you have to have the sequel. It is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Growing Up In Avonlea
I mainly have known this story to be Anne of Avonlea. I also might add I haven't the pleasure of reading L. M. Montgomery book series of Anne of Green Gables. But this has been one of the best sequels I have ever seen. The new additions to the cast is great. We still follow the life of Anne Shirley as she matures and intends on graduating college and becoming a teacher, and a writer. She also has to help with Green Gables now that Mathew is gone. Her friendship also blossom's with Gilbert B. however, she isn't ready to fall in love with him yet. As it becomes a hard decision she is comfortable with Marilla living with Rachel at Green Gables as she goes off to teach at a private girls school which is a new chapter and new adventures. She then becomes involved with a young girl Emmeline Harris and falls into a very close relationship with her father Morgan Harris. She makes the town fall in love with her despite them disliking new comer's to the town. However, she realizes that she is very much home sick and that she belongs back home in Green Gables and she also realizes that her and Gilbert belong together. Again it's always fantastic to see all of the actor's and characters return to this amazing sequel. There are a few characters very much missed, but remembered in this film. And all of the relationships between Anne and her friends grow stronger and stronger. The new additions are just as wonderful with the private school and the other characters of the new town. It really is a wonderful piece and a nice conclusion to this series. The DVD quality I guess some have complained about, but I don't see anything wrong with it. It has all of the same extra's, except in a new version with this sequel that the first DVD set had. Again I highly recommend this for any Anne fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars DVD quality fine
I don't know whether Sullivan Entertainment remastered the DVD and re-released it as a two-sided disc (and thus I have a different version than the one reviewed below) or whether my eyes are different from those of that reviewer, but as I wrote in my review of the first "Anne of Green Gables," the encoding on my copy is just as good as the vast majority of DVD's out there, and better than many. I did notice some minor compression artifacts on this disc, but the negative reviewer below should watch "The Last Emperor" before s/he awards "worst DVD encoding ever" to this fine DVD of a wonderful film. ... Read more

146. The Absent-Minded Professor (Colorized)
Director: Robert Stevenson
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Average Customer Review: 2.59 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent version of a classic
The original Absent-Minded Professor is the best, Fred MacMurray is perfect as the inventor of "Flubber". I am writing this review in defence of this the colorized version of a classic, black & white movie. The colors are rich, vibrant and above all natural looking - forget the colorization of the early 80s, this is digital colorization and if you didn't already know the film was originally black & white you wouldn't be able to tell!

The only mistake Disney made was releasing this before the original black & white version, however with dvd technology they should have brought out both versions on a double sided dvd like "A Christmas Carol" was. However, the black & white movie is now available in a widescreen dvd version.

This is a wonderful, color version of a great family movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney Fun
This movie lacks the special effects of current movies, and it may be hard for today's youth to relate to it, but it's a lovely bit of nostalgia that has stood the test of time. I was born more than 20 years after this movie was made, but I take delight in Fred MacMurray, who always puts his heart into a performance, but does a particularly nice job here as Professor Ned Brainard. He portrays the role spledidly and brings enthusiasm and inoccence to the character.
You can also find stellar performances from the supporting cast. Disney has always had a nack for establishing minor characters so that you get sucked into their world, and all of these people become real.
When watching this movie you have to take into consideration the era it was made in, and the limits they had to work with, if you go into it looking for special effects you will be sorely dissapointed. Instead watch it with a certain degree of imagination at the ready, and have fun rooting for Professor Brainard as he tries to win back his lady-love and displaying his true American Patriotism, and still finding time to outsmart the villains. The rivalry between Ned and Shelby Ashton is highly entertaining, and you'll laugh out loud when watching Alonzo Hawk get his come-upance.
I never had the opportunity to see the black and white version, but I think it would be the better alternative. The colorization in this VHS version is rather obvious and somewhat distracting, but it doesn't detract from the content of the movie itself, and the film is still highly enjoyable.

5-0 out of 5 stars The "flying-rubber-professor" film in its original form.
If ever there were a film that took a silly idea and milked every possible gag out of it, this is it. Four stars as a film, but five stars for being a classic.

The "science-fiction comedy" is a movie genre with few entries. (I'm thinking of films in which an SF premise and its development is the film's focal point. "Back to the Future," for example, doesn't count.) I can think of only two significant others -- "It Happens Every Spring," in which Ray Milland synthesizes a chemical that repels wood (don't ask), and "The Man in the White Suit," the classic-but-not-really-very-good Alec Guinness vehicle in which his invention of an indestructible, never-needs-cleaning fabric threatens to ruin the clothing industry.

Disney continued the genre with "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" and "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," but none of them is remotely as good as "The Absent Minded Professor." It's a classic of visual humor. Not only is there the famous flying Model T, but the professor's attempts to woo his ex-fiance by dancing in flubber-heeled shoes, and a flubber-enhanced basketball game that's an encylopaedia of "What can you do with flying basketball players?" gags. Style-wise, this classic sequence looks as if it were lifted directly from MAD.

Bill Walsh's smart script has some good satirical jabs ("I hear Medfield's athletes make as much as their teachers") and they hold up. One of the best anticipates Congress's destruction in "Mars Attacks!" And the professor's attempt to prove he's a loyal, patriotic American cuts even more sharply today than it did 40+ years ago.

One of the few good things about Disney comedies is that almost all the secondary roles are populated with talented character actors -- Keenan Wynn (who'd repeat his Alonzo Hawk villain in other Disney flicks), Ed Wynn (his father), Elliott Reid (at his greasy, pompous best). Special kudos go to Belle Montrose (Steve Allen's mother! -- note the resemblance) as the professor's housekeeper.

Nancy Olson -- an Oscar-winner for "Sunset Blvd." -- delivers a smart, heads-up performance that falls apart only when she stops being mad at Fred MacMurry and becomes a bit of a bubble-head.

Robert Stevenson (grandson of Robert Louis Stevenson) had a directorial career ("Jane Eyre") before he became a Disney house director, but I've never thought much of his talent ("Mary Poppins" is slack and sluggish). "The Absent Minded Professor" shows him at his best -- brisk and light, almost as weightless as flubber renders the Model T.

"The Absent Minded Professor" was shot in B&W, because the special effects were too difficult (and too expensive) to do well in color. Had Disney known what a major hit TAMP would be (it played first-run for months), he might have sprung for color. The previous attempt to colorize it was a disaster.

We finally have this little gem in its original form -- an exquisite B&W enhanced-widescreen transfer. (Amazon editor -- please have the negative reviews for the awful colorized version moved or removed. These are fundamentally different releases.) The rich blacks and sharp detail are outstanding -- far superior to even the old LV release. This is close-to-demo-quality B&W.

5-0 out of 5 stars credit where credit is due : IT IS WIDESCREEN !!!!!
Credit where credit is due : IT IS WIDESCREEN !!!!!
Its worth mentioning that disney has honored this film by releasing it in its true format, it is both black and white and widescreen.
Absolute classic disney comedy!! Very nostalgic,the special effects were seamless especially for the time period. Robert Stevenson directed this film, which is worth noting as many of the films he directed for disney were the most outstanding, inc Mary Poppins and The Love Bug. Pure Disney nostalgia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Flubber professor in its B&W glory
Somehow, the people in amazon mixed reviews from the B&W version and the colorized version of this film... this is causing some confusion between some consumers, so, this is a review from the B&W version.

Some time ago, Disney Company releases this movie in Full Screen and colorized... a lot of people complained because nobody (except, perhaps my mom)wants colorized version of movies in B&W; recently, they re-released it in its original form (B&W and Widescreen)

Video: Amazing!! I can't believe that this movie is almost 50th years old!, you can't notice any age related issues (stripes, grain, etc), just look perfect.

Sound: Very good, and with Dolby Surround.

Extras: D'uh!, nothing, nada, zip, zippola! :(

Foreign language support: Not very good... in the audio section, it contains English and Spanish Track... subtitles just in english.

Conclusion: If you like this movie, you'll love the transfer (and at least, there is a Spanish track for those that speak in this language)... if you are looking for this movie because the extras, better wait, because you'll get frustrated by this disc. ... Read more

147. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Director: Duwayne Dunham
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5-0 out of 5 stars great family entertainment
i love this movie as much as my children. we saw it two times in the theater and countless times at home.michael j fox is the perfect choice for the voice of chance the pup. i also love don ameche as shadow the older dog and sally field as sassy the cat.the movie is a great combination of humor and adventure, plus the scenery is just beautiful. even though i've watched the movie over and over,i always find myself crying at the ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faithful pets overcome obstacles to reunite with family
This wonderful remake of the 1963 Disney feature rivals its predecessor in warmth and beauty. -- A family needs to relocate for a brief period, but cannot take along their 3 pets; a cat and two dogs. Left in good hands on a farm, the animals feel abandoned by their masters, determined to find them. The 3 pets 'escape' only to endure many challenges. Upon hearing what happened, the family begins a desperate search for their beloved pets. -- Of course, all ends well. This film does more than give a mushy account of a pet/master reunion; there are serious 'situations' dealt with honestly and with feeling. A stepfather at last is accepted by the children of his new wife. The ultimate triumph of this movie is the plea to NEVER LOSE HOPE!

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the last great PG-rated movies
I haven't seen Homeward Bound in almost a decade (I eventually lost the VHS tape our family bought a few months after it hit theaters), but I have so many fond memories of it as a teen. I absolutely adored this movie back then, and I still do now. Homeward Bound is wonderful for all audiences, and it isn't something parents would hate sitting through. I've been going through all the movies I loved when I was young, and nearly all of them are entertaining for everyone, and didn't try to dumb anything down for their target audience. It's a shame that there's been a somewhat recent shift in what's "suitable" even for a PG movie. PG movies are much more tame than they were from before 1996. In this day and age, it seems that all G and PG-rated movies are made for the 10 and under crowd, but back before 1996 so-called "children's" movies were enjoyable for everyone from the kids they was meant to entertain all the way up to the adults who plunked their kids down in front of them. Homeward Bound was one of the last great PG movies that everyone could love. It's exciting, adorable, and funny. These are some of my favorite "edgier" G and PG movies that don't insult children by being too tame: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990), Beetlejuice (1988), Return to Oz (1985), Labyrinth (1986), and The Last Unicorn (1982).

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Nature Adventure with 3-Hankie Finale!
This is the wonderful remake of the 1963 Disney feature "The Incredible Journey" and rivals its predecessor in warmth and beauty. Both are based on a true story.

A family needs to relocate for a brief period, but cannot take along their 3 pets; a cat and two dogs. Left in good hands on a farm, the animals feel abandoned by their masters, determined to find them. The 3 pets 'escape' only to endure many challenges. Upon hearing what happened, the family begins a desperate search for their beloved pets.

Of course, all ends well. This film does more than give a mushy account of a pet/master reunion; there are serious 'situations' dealt with honestly and with feeling. A stepfather at last is accepted by the children of his new wife. The ultimate triumph of this movie is the plea to NEVER LOSE HOPE!*****

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the second. 16th april 2004.
Seen both, the first is a little bit better than the second. They are both very similar so if you hated the first, you probably wouldn't like the second. It is about 3 pets sassy, chance and shadow who's owners have just left to go on holiday. The 3 pets are left with a woman for a few days until the father as finished what he doing over there. The pets don't feel safe, so they decide to run off in the forests and lakes to find there family. It is a dangerous world out there with the lions and bears and mountain lions. But they spend a whole journey to find them. Chance dosen't like the pound, none of them do but he is mad on not going in again. They end up going there eventually, they are found safe and sound by police officers that have reported about them. But still they refuse to go to the pound, especcially chance he pulls and pulls to not get into danger again when actually they are trying to help them. There family are worried, they head off home to the pound where they have herd thats where they are. But the only thing is, they manage to get away from the pound and when there owners come to pick them up, they arn't there. They head home. But there family manages to get home first and still they haven't found them. They bark and meaow[sassy the cat] and they know it is them they are home at last. ... Read more

148. Spy Kids
Director: Robert Rodriguez
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fantasy romp is a real pleasrure
I recently said that Hollywood may have forgotten how to make family movies. It seemed like an art lost in a sea of social changes. It is often said that children aren't as innocence as they used to be. If so, this is equally true of adults. Stories that entertained our grandparents are ones that many of us today find tame, trite and tedious. So, Spy Kids is a welcome surprise. It's fast, funny and innovative. By design, it's greatest appeal is to children, but most parents should enjoy it, too. It is like a Tim Burton movie [The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Sleepy Hollow] with all the dark overtones happily banished. It doesn't make any sense, but, like all great tall tales, it exists in its own space and time.

It took an odd pairing to create this movie. Its star, Antonio Banderas, gained fame as a very hot lover in movies in his native Spain. Director Robert Rodriguez started out in Mexico making movies that were stylish and creative but extremely violent. Until Spy Kids, his American movies were the same. I don't know what drew them to this project, but I'm glad they chose to do it.

Carmen and Juni [Alexa Varga and Daryl Sabara] are kids who live in a cool house overlooking the ocean. Their parents, Gregorio and Ingrid [Banderas and Carla Gugino] are loving but decidedly uncool as far as Carmen and Juni are concerned. Mom is overly protective, and Dad seems to be a wimp. They run a consulting business out of the house. What the kids don't know is that Mom and Dad used to be international spies. Currently, Gregorio and Ingrid are looking into the disappearance of some former coworkers. Juni is obsessed with a wacky children's show starring the bizarre Fegan Floop [Alan Cummin]. The boy, as well as the rest of the family, is about to learn that Floop and the disappearing spies are very much connected. When Gregorio and Ingrid also vanish, the kids set out to find them. It will prove to be the adventure of a lifetime.

The sets are colorful and imaginative. There are lots of cool gadgets - crayons that are actually lasers, neat cars that are also boats and submarines and so forth. Floop has a treasure trove of creatures he has created, including the robot children he plans to use to take over the world. My favorite characters are his bodyguards - pudgy, waddling things that are literally all thumbs.

Banderas is fun as Gregorio, playing a kind of a parody of himself. Varga and Sabara make the children likable. These aren't the cloyingly cute kids you see in most family films. They have personalities with flair and great senses of humor. Cummin plays Floop as a Pee Wee Herman gone completely mad. He's a great villain.

Spy Kids may be about kidnapping and espionage on one level, but it's also about the importance of family, not in the sense of so-called family values, but in the sense of love and loyalty. There will be a sequel in 2002, and, for once, I'm glad to hear it.

5-0 out of 5 stars In my top 5 of 2001!
GENERAL: Spy Kids is truly a delight, not offensive at all and can be watched over and over again. This movie exceeded my expectations by so much that I bought it. One of the best films in a long time.
ACTING: Wow, Alex Vega and Daryl Sabara knocked me over with their pro performences. The bounce off each other perfectly, and really seem like siblings. The rest of the supporting(adult) cast is great too- 100% flawless.
PLOT: Original and gripping, this is the entertaining story of two children whos parents are captured- while on a spy mission, which the kids have no idea about. Now the kids(Carmen and Juni) have to save their parents and the world from a creative madman.
HUMOR: Wonderful, I laughed hundreds of times during this film and have done so all 10+ times I have seen the movie since.
SPECIAL EFFECTS: This movie has a brand of special effects all it's own, completely original and convincing. A breath of fresh after the doses of metallic Star Wars CGI.
MUSIC: The score, by the director, is beautiful and original. Completely perfect, something that I will never forget. Worth buying the soundtrack.
SPECIAL FEATURES: This is one of the most bare-bones DVDs I've ever seen, terrible for such a great movie! Unless of course all you want is (dun dun dun dun) a trailer!
CONCLUSION: A wonderul family/comedy/thriller, great for anyone and memorable. Spy Kids is definitely worth buying on DVD, if only for the lasting sound quality and picture clarity.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great first!
this movie was real good!when i first saw the trailer i didint think it would be that good!but we were going to see a movie but the tickets were sold out,so we just decided to go see this!i was surprised of how good it was!this movie is awsome!

3-0 out of 5 stars OK but Could Have Been Better
We rented Spy Kids and it was ok and had a couple of scenes that were amusing but I think it could have been better. It was okay to watch once but not a movie I could watch again and again. It just didn't live up to all of the hype it received when it was released to the theaters though it did have a great cast, Antonio Banderas, Alan Cumming, etc but the movie seemed like it was rushed and over edited and some scenes are a little choppy and also this seems like a movie that a child would find more appealing then a adult but that is just my opinion.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Watch This Movie
I saw this movie when it first came out in theatres and was incredibly disappointed. I found this strange considering that, at that time, I was the film's target audience. There was so much room for a clever spoof of spies like James Bond, but the whole movie seemed like an insult to spy movies. The film struggles and fails to be funny. At the theatre where I saw it, no one laughed. I suppose the cheap special effects and awful plot are something to laugh at. But it just felt sad. ... Read more

149. A Wrinkle in Time
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150. Bill Nye the Science Guy:Human Body
Director: Michael Gross (III), Darrell Suto, Mitchell Kriegman
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Video; wrong title
I like this tape a lot; think it's very informative and fun. Bill Nye is terrific as usual; the show is well-written and well done.
My quibble is that it's called Human Body and it's really two shows: one about SKIN and one about the HEART AND CIRCULATION.
So I bought it thinking it would be an overview of the human body and instead it's two shows about two specific aspects of the human body.
So I just wanted to warn other potential buyers.
Buy it and enjoy, but know what it's about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot Body
Excellent, upbeat video! Students enjoyed the music and presentation. They were actually able to remember the answers to review questions.

However, I would have prefered to see the digestive system or respitory system included rather than the episode on the skin, even though it was also fun and informative.

I liked the presentation and will most certainly purchase additional videos in the near future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great video
I enjoyed watching this... It has 2 episodes. One about skin, and one about blood & circulation. For some reasons, the episode about bones and muscles was not included in this video. It would have been better if it was. Still, it is exciting. ... Read more

151. Campout at Walt Disney World
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Sing, dance, and play along with Mickey and the gang in fun-filled musical adventures! It's easy as you read the on-screen lyrics to favorite kid songs! In CAMPOUT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and the Sing-Along Kids pitch their tents and explore Discovery Island, River Country, and even participate in a Talent Show! It's the most fun you'll have on a campout! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent at Entertaining
Just like all great Disney sing-along videos, this one is right up there with them. My parents got this for me as a little kid and at the age 17 I still watch it. And like I said in a different review, it's not because I don't have a life. But the songs are great and show itself is very entertaining. My favorite one on here is called "Turkey in the Straw". I'm sure anybody of any age, male or female, would love this song, along with the rest of them. I also thought the actors and actresses were very talented, all of them deserve credit for making a great video. I also want to thank Walt Disney for the production of this video. Thank you Disney!

5-0 out of 5 stars Campout at Walt Disney World
My girls love this video as well as all the Disney Sing Alongs (we own ALL of them). They tend to prefer these with the actual characters and kids (beach party, disneyland fun, campout, circus) than the cartoons - but love them all!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not like they used to be!
I bought this sing-a-long not only because I love Disney sing-a-longs but because I'm planning a trip to Disney World and seeing as how the "Disneyland Fun" sing-a-long shows great footage of Disneyland, I thought this would do the same for Disney World. But it doesn't. It shows no footage of any park or any resort other than the Fort Wilderness campground. Also, it doesn't even have classic Disney songs. Instead is has songs like "We'll be Comin' Around the Mountain." Maybe for young kids it is good but it was extremely disappointing for me!

5-0 out of 5 stars ~GREAT BUY~
We took our 30 month old to Disney and she was so weirded out by the charaters because they were in her face! But when I bought her the whole entire Disney charactors video she wanted to go back to Florida again.
This is a MUST to prepare your little ones for all the attractions and characters. Its so much fun memorizing the songs and watch your childrens face glow!
The camp out will prepare them for all the outdoors characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars 3 yr old loves it!!
My 3 year old daughter has this video in her daily line-up of favorites to watch. She loves the songs and camping scenes which remind her of our annual family camping trip. ... Read more

152. D2 - The Mighty Ducks
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This follow-up to the surprise Disney hit about a hockey team of misfits brings Emilio Estevez back to the role of the kids' yuppie coach. This time, Estevez assimilates his Ducks into the higher-stakes Team USA in the Junior Goodwill Games, an opportunity that could bring fame and money. Entirely perfunctory, this sequel is basically an excuse to revisit the eccentricities of some of the younger characters, extend some of their conflicts into adolescence, and showcase their allegedly entertaining but ethically dubious abilities on the ice. Estevez is okay, but even he had enough after this movie. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ducks are back and tougher than ever!
D2: The Mighty Ducks reunites most of the cast members and some of the members (in the first movie) are missing like Hans and Charlie's mother. Gordon Bombay who coached Discrut 5 in the first movie (and chagned the name to Ducks) is now playing minor league hockey. Until one player gets in the boards and another player sends him down on the ice injuring his knee. So he heads back to his hometown and reunites with one Duck. And the player is Charlie (Joshua Jackson). But then this man named Tibbs (Michael Tucker) who works for Hendrix shows up and hires Gordon Bombay to coach Team USA in the goodwill games. And the team is the ducks memebers. And some new members are add to Team USA. The new players are Luis (Mike Vitar) who needs to learn how to stop skating, Dwayne (Ty O'Neal), Julie "The Cat" Daphne (Colomine Jacobson), Ken (Justin Wong) and Hormnes. Also know as Dean Portman (Aaron Lohr).

4-0 out of 5 stars The Ducks Have Returned.....
The Mighty Ducks was a great movie put out by Disney, and this, the sequel, is no exception. D2 picks up a year after their initial season. In this movie, The Ducks are chosen to represent the USA at the Junior Goodwill Games. In been selected, the team must face off against the best that the world has to offer, and at the same time show the world what they have to offer. In the process of the tournament the Ducks face many challenges that need to be overcome and actually learn what it takes to be a team; all thanks to some "school-yard puck" masters. Typical Duck hyjinks are present throughout the flick, and it was nice to see a lot of the original cast again, from Coach Bombay to Charlie, and of course Goldberg. This movie is a nice family feature that a person of any age would enjoy. If you love hockey, this movie is a great watch, and if you're up for a great watch, this movie is for you. Just remember to watch out for "The Flying V."

5-0 out of 5 stars american film classic
this movie rules cause it reminds me of my fun childhood where i did nothing but eat mcdonalds and watch disney movies like this. i like when they goto LA and they meet the new crew of badass 14 year old hockey players. and that one kid gets a friend and mr. bigglesworth ahhaha calls them the smash brothers. the icelands guys are scary but the assistant coach is hot. thats why gordon bombay AKA emilio estevez went to eat ice cream with her but the smash brothers saw him and they got mad. she was like greenland is full of ice and iceland is very nice. thats her line in the whole damn movie.
i like the cowboy kid from texas who has the rope on a DAMN HOCKEY RINK for some reason. and he doesnt know how to say rodeo drive in beverly hills. and then golberg says he's tori spellings cousin so he goes into this expensive store and gets all the models to wear clothes for him cause he says its for his mother. but then he says how about bikinis and the lady throws them out.
charlie is a downer in this movie. not like d1 where hes this cool kid, or liek in d3 where he meets the girl at his new school and hes like i love pizza and Slayer (yes the metal band) and i dont smoke. o my god thats so annoying give me more golberg scenes.
best part though is when team USA plays the ghetto kid from good burger and kenan n kel. and the goals are trash cans and they play on top of a building. i had no idea ghetto LA had a street hockey scene. and they he shows them the knuckle puck and all the team USA kids are like 'no way man!' and then some team USA kid tells kenan's bro that kenan has a big mouth and he looks at him and hes like 'ya he does have a big mouth doesnt he'.
this movie is a classic. i loved and still love every minute of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie!
I never saw the first movie but I saw this sequel with my nephews when I was babysitting them when my sister and her husband went out. I didn't think I was going to like this movie but I wound up liking it and thinking it was a cute and enjoyable with with good acting from Emilio Estevez and the rest of the cast and I recommend this movie to fans of cute family movies and hockey movies.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
I love this movie! For all us girls there are hot guys in it. Well anyway, if you like hockey buy this movie and you won't be dissapinted! ... Read more

153. Old Yeller
Director: Robert Stevenson
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No film better captures the powerful emotions of hope, courage, and friendship than this treasured and much beloved classic, OLD YELLER. The quintessential tale of a boy's love for his dog has touched the hearts of millions, its enduring legacy growing with each new generation and is "still one of the best!" (Leonard Maltin) Set amidst the landscape of 1860s Texas, a young boy named Travis (Tommy Kirk) wants nothing to do with the lop-eared stray. But Old Yeller quickly proves himself a loyal friend, protecting the family and saving Travis' life. Soon they become inseparable pals, sharing joyous experiences and learning valuable lessons about growing up. ... Read more

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"Old Yeller" is the heart-wrenching family drama about two kids and their faithful dog. Dorothy McGuire gets top billing but, like Tommy Kirk, plays second fiddle to that darling golden retriever. "Here Yeller - come back yeller, best doggon dog in the west!"
This isn't Disney's best on DVD. In fact it's not even close to what a film like "Old Yeller" truly deserves. For starters, the print used to master this DVD is very softly focused while still managing to be riddled with edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering of fine details. There's a lot of pixelization throughout that really breaks up fine detail. Color is improperly balanced in many of the outdoor scenes, with greens, in grass and trees shifting color from brownish beige to muddy green and then back again. Flesh tones often appear too, too orange. Fine detail is generally lost in the darker scenes.
The audio has been remixed but is very, very strident and forward sounding. At times its painful to listen to and really doesn't hold a candle in comparison to fidelity of the day from other films of "Old Yeller"'s period.
Extras: Disney gets top marks for their supplimental package on this and their other three "Vault Disney" releases. We get documentaries, isolated scores, vintage advertising and short subjects, a gallery of stills, trailers and television spots and interviews with the surviving cast members. What more could anybody ask for?
BOTTOM LINE: The print is disappointing. The extras are amazing. Decide for yourself and then buy - or not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
I hadn't watched this movie for many years, but I still remembered the basic story as I watched it again recently trying to get my 18 month old to be interested in the big yellow dog, the horses, cows and pigs. She was only vaguely interested. It is hard for this type of movie to compete with Toy Story and other modern movies that start and finish with lots of action and special effects.

But the story here, a well done coming of age story, is timeless and classic and well worth sitting down with the kids and a bucket of popcorn to watch. There are lots of things this kind of movie can bring for topics of discussion, and unless one has seen it a few times, the emotional parts should stir up at least some feelings (even for non dog lovers).

I give a strong recommendation for this movie, it is a simple and straight forward story, and what it lacks in action and effects, it makes up for in it's timelessness and powerful story line.

2-0 out of 5 stars Yet another in a long line of bad DVD's from Disney
It's almost hard to fathom a studio having so little respect for its classic movies. This "Vault Disney" release of "Old Yeller" is a perfect example.

The "Vault Disney" releases are promoted as "high end", supposedly better than the cheapy "movie-only" releases of many of Disney's live action movies.

From the initial opening credits, with the worst example I have seen of "grain" in a picture outside of a non-major-studio release, I knew this was going to be another Disney disaster. Though the grain subsided SOMEWHAT, the softness of the picture throughout was not even close to what I would expect of a classic movie release. While my widescreen television is relatively small, I'd hate to see how bad this picture would look on a large widescreen display.

In addition, the chintzy packaging for these movies is hardly up to "special edition" quality either, and the majority of the extras are nothing more than more "Disney" horn-blowing.

I will commend them for the inclusion of one of Pluto's best cartoons {"Bone Trouble"}, and for the current-day interview with Tommy Kirk {whom I would have NEVER recognized}.

However, all in all, Disney should be ashamed at the quality on such a classic film release.

5-0 out of 5 stars A BOY AND HIS DOG....
I first saw this as a kid and nearly never saw another movie again. Especially one with an animal in it. For anyone who has ever bonded with an animal (especially a dog), "Old Yeller" strikes a nerve or two. The was also the first time I ever heard the phrase "It's only a movie!" after I saw "Old Yeller" because I cried so hard. This is probably one of the finest family films ever made by the Walt Disney people. It's a simple tale of a frontier boy who bonds with a stray dog (that more than proves it's loyalty) and the boy's final realization that he has to grow up. Dorothy McGuire is the steadfast mother and Tommy Kirk is the boy who must make a gut-wrenching decision that will start him on the road to maturity. I hated this movie for years but as an adult I more than see the beauty of it now and highly recommend it all round. But keep those kleenex handy because if you're like me, you'll need 'em.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stop killing dogs
I can't stand it when dogs die in the movies.

I'd much rather watch people die before dogs.

I could laugh my butt off watching Meryl Streep in pain from cancer in that dumb movie with Renee Zellweger before I can stand to see a dog suffer.

Just tears your heart out. ... Read more

154. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
Director: Rob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney
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Another made-for-video sequel to a Disney masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognizable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick), and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love.

This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone, and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to other animated videos. In fact, the film played in European theaters.

For kids, the sequel will be a favorite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira'ssong of revenge, "My Lullaby," was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The standout opening number, "He Lives in You," was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Six stars out of five!
The Lion King II-Simba's Pride is a better than excellent movie! I really loved it. I watched it at a friend's house a few months ago and we all loved it. Simba is grown up and has mated with his childhood sweetheart Nala. He has a daughter, Kiara, who wanders onto the territory belonging to Scar's mate, Zira. She starts playing with Zira's son, Kovu, but soon Zira finds out and she snarls and all. Simba comes to the rescue and forbids Kiara to go there again. Kovu is sent to Simba's territory to live there and kill him. But, like any Disney movie, Kovu and Kiara fall in love! It's about the relationships between Kiara and Kovu and Simba and Kovu. In the end there is a fight, but I'm not going to tell you who dies or lives! Watch this movie that brings The Lion King back to life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark...dark is good...
Okay. I loved the "The Lion King". I was tickled silly when I heard of "The Lion King 2". I rushed to Blockbuster and rented it when I was eight.


Then I saw it at a friends house four years later.


Now I have it on DVD and I watch it whenever I get the chance.

There isn't really anything bad I can say about this movie. However, I would not recommend it for children under seven. I'm actually quite surprised it's not rated PG at the very least.

"The Lion King 2" is actually a pretty dark story, about Kovu, Scar's heir who was destined to follow in his pawprints and become king.

Nuka, Kovu's brother and Scar's son (Kovu is NOT Scar's son!), is quite jelous and is always trying to impress his mother, Zira, to make her change her mind.

Zira is the bad lioness of the story.

Meanwhile at Pride Rock Simba's daughter, Kiara, is destined to become future queen. But Simba is a little...over-protective.

Zira trains Kovu to kill Simba.

But as the story progresses, and his chances of killing Simba and Kiara grow nearer, Kovu cannot bring himself to do it.

You know, the usual stuff.

This is a VERY dark and emotional story. But good just the same!

Rent or buy? - Buy. No questions there.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Disney, Why?

The concept was nice enough, I suppose. But I found the move to be lacking in so many ways. The music made me wince - that was probably one of the worst things in the film. The songs were completely forgetable, and cheap.

Don't get me wrong - I adored the Lion King. And I thought it was interesting to have the daughter fall in love with Scar's son. But it was a poor follow up to that wonderful first film.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, I guess it's ok....
I've never really liked Disney sequels (ie, Peter Pan 2, Pocahontas 2, Little Mermaid 2, etc...), but this one is an exception. The story follows the adventures of Simba's daughter, Kiara. All she wants to do is explore the Pride Lands unsupervised, but her father fears for her safety. One morning little Kiara goes wandering off too far, ends up in the forbidden "Out Lands", and meets another young cub named Kovu. They become great friends against Simba's and Zera's (Kovu's mom's) wishes. It's pretty much a total conflict between the Pride Landers and the Outsiders, ending up with Kiara and Kovu having to solve the problem. The story isn't too bad, but Disney sequels can always use some improvement, as usual. My sister and I still have fun pretending to be Kiara and Kovu. And the animation isn't top notch, but it's good. To round it all out, I think the kids will probably enjoy it. Go ahead and give it a try, but I can't promise you that you'll like it. Me and my sis have always enjoyed it ever since we bought it though, so I'm sure somebody in the family will love it. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Sequel to the 1994 Classic
Yeah, I know that this direct-to-video sequel was put out to cash in even more so on the original, which itself grossed over $300 in U.S. box office receipts to become the most successful Disney film ever! However, after watching this a couple of years back and revisiting it today, I know that there was another, much better, reason: four years after THE LION KING, we were all missing the characters...and we were hungry for more. As much as us fans of the original did not want the possibility of having the franchise tainted by an inferior sequel, it seemed to be worth the risk.

And it was. In 1998, Disney got most of the principal voice-over actors back from the original---Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon & Pumbaa, respectively, and of course, Robert Guillaume as the hilarious Rafiki---and made THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE, which follows our favorite Lion hero (and King) & family as they pick up from where they left off in the first film. Now Simba is the King and his young offspring is a lioness cub named Kiara; he's the worried dad in this one, always fearing for the safety of the young precocious girl, but they're nevertheless a happy family just the same. Of course, danger lurks in the shadows, as Zira (Suzanne Pleshette---yes, *that* Suzanne Pleshette), the villainous ex-mate of Scar, is training her young son Kovu to grow up to avenge Scar's death by killing Simba. However, Rafiki, the silly-acting but nevertheless wise monkey, finds out to his horrified amazement that Kiara and Kovu are destined for each other. Sure enough, Kiara and Kovu meet each other as cubs and take an immediate strong liking to each other. Can true love overcome true evil?

This film, by itself, is very well-written and acted, with excellent production values for the fact that it is a direct-to-video sequel. It has really no flaws of its own, just one obvious inconsistency between it and the first film: Scar's 'ex-mate' Zira (and, by extension, Kovu) simply did not exist in the original THE LION KING! She was obviously made up just to have a sequel. However, this is the only major thing to overlook, and if you can forgive this movie for it, then you should be able to easily enjoy yourself. As I said, this is a good animated movie, and I recommend it for any fan of the original. This sequel isn't quite as dark; however, I still would not recommend showing it to very young kids. Suzanne Pleshette does a surprisingly good job as the evil, scheming, vengeful Zira (basically a female versdion of old Scar himself). Neve Campbell does a solid job as the voice of the adult Kiara, and Jason Marsden does excellently as the conflicted Kovu, who wants to do good, but...he made a promise to his mother...didn't he?!

Listen, THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE is not the masterpiece that THE LION KING is...however, it is much better than it perhaps should be. Fans of the original should definitely own it.

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155. Flight of the Navigator
Director: Randal Kleiser
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites as a kid
I waited a long time for this to come out on dvd. Bugs me that the companies don't get it right the first time though. They release the dvd with no extras what so ever just so they can release a special edition a few months later. Disney did the same thing with Tron. I'm sure they have a lot of stuff they could've put on this dvd but they chose otherwise. I would've liked to see some trailers at least and it doesn't even look like it has any.

Anyway Flight of the Navigator is a great movie for the whole family. It's under-rated and a lot of people might not even have heard of it. It's about a boy who's accidently sent to the future by an alien space ship. When he finds his family they wonder why he hasn't aged a day. Scientists then run tests on him to find out where he was. He decides to escape and find a way back to the past and getting a ride on the space ship is the only way back. Once he gets on the ship is when the movie turns more goofy as the alien is voiced by Paul Reubens (Pee Herman) after all. The movie is still tons of fun and it does have some clever science fiction in it too for a kids movie. So eventhough the dvd has no extras what so ever the movie itself is worth checking out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of the best of the Heinlein young adult novels..
Flight of the Navigator is a far better movie than we'd have a right to suspect.

Plot spoiler if you read further:

A few minutes into this film, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is on an
errand to retrieve his 8-year-old brother, Jeff, when he falls into a gulley and is
knocked out. Regaining consciousness, David returns to his house, thinking only a
few minutes have passed, and instead of his parents and brother finds a locked
door and an elderly couple living there.

Taken to the police station, David is identified by computer records as a boy
reported missing eight years before. Despite the fact that he hasn't aged, he's taken
to the Freeman's at a different house nearby, and when he sees his parents
obviously older, he faints. He returns to consciousness again on a gurney on his
way to a hospital bed. A few minutes later, while his parents are called out of the
room by a somber-faced doctor, David is left alone with his brother Jeff -- who is
now 16.

This is ostensibly a Disney movie for kids -- and later on there is a lot of comedic
Disney hijinks -- but the first half hour of the movie, as David and his family deal
with the trauma of his time relocation, are some of the most heart-rending and
chilling sequences I've seen in any film.

Spoiler over.

This movie reminded me of some of the time-relativity sequences in Robert A.
Heinlein's novel, Time for the Stars. The characters are well written and the actors
do an excellent job, particularly in the scenes between Joey Cramer and Matt
Adler, as 16-year-old Jeff. The distraught parents, Cliff de Young and Veronica
Cartwright, are also excellent -- and Howard Hesseman and Sarah Jessica Parker
round out a great supporting cast.

Special kudos are due to Paul Reubens (best known for his character Pee Wee
Herman) who was originally credited under his own name for lending his voice to a
major character in this film, but had his name removed from the credits, replaced
by the pseudonym "Pall Mall," after Reubens was arrested for alleged indecent
exposure committed in a movie theater seat. (I've never understood how Reubens
was convinced to plead "no contest" to the charge, after theater security cameras
showed him in the lobby buying popcorn at the time of the alleged offense.)
Considering that Disney's Hollywood Pictures division released Powder, directed
by a convicted and confessed child molester, Disney should show some backbone
and restore Reubens real name to the credits.

If you can get ahold of this movie, see it -- and maybe Disney will see fit to release
it again -- on DVD, I hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Family Movies of all time!
This is one of the greatest family movies I have ever seen. I saw it in the theatre in 1986 (twice). I purchased the video as soon as it was released and will now purchase the DVD. I'm so glad it is finally available. If you are looking for a wonderful movie to watch with your family...this is the one to buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars wtf!!!
get this strictly for the boy's trippy,lsd addicted little buddy that rides on his shoulder!what a little tripper!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites as a Child, now on DVD!!!
Flight of the Navigator certainly brings back wonderful memories, of childhood in the summertime eating hotdogs and drinking soda on a sunday night. This Disney flick about a boy's journey mysterious journey through time was long overdue on DVD!! Ofcourse we cannot forget that Sarah Jessica Parker has a prominent role! And isn't Paul Reubens, (aka Pee Wee Herman) the voice of the alien navigator??

The Picture and Sound quality are excellent, as compared to that old VHS copy we all have! Presented in 1:85:1 Aspect Ratio Widescreen. The DVD is lacking any real special features, like "The Making of" or "Commentaries" but it is a wonderful addition to that nostalgic childhood collection. ... Read more

156. Cool Runnings
Director: Jon Turteltaub
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Based on an improbable but true story, Cool Runnings concerns the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon) does a fine job with both the absurdity of the situation (the athletes had never even seen snow) and the passion behind it (their desire to compete and win). John Candy, in one of his last roles, is touching as a disgraced coach who seizes the opportunity to work with the Jamaicans as a chance for redemption. The bobsled scenes look good, and the races are exciting. The climax, which is entirely unexpected, takes the film to a wholly different level, even if events in the story don't quite match the facts. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool Runnings warms the heart
I remember seeing this movie in the theatre when it first came out. It's the heart-warming true story behind the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team. After jumping through numerous hoops such as racial discrimination, a coach with a shady past, and a rickety bobsled, they land themselves a bobsledding spot in the Winter Olympics, something Jamaica never had before.
John Candy gives a stellar performance, unfortunately it was one of his last. At times he's comical, while others, more dramatic. He's a character easy to fall in love with. I miss him.
Overall, Cool Runnings teaches the fundamentals of determination and never letting anything come between yourself and your dreams. Even when catastrophy ended the Jamaican's third bobsled run, they still got up and carried their sled across the finish line. Even if their time didn't earn a gold medal, their heart did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart- warming and inspiring...
Bobsled to a Caribbean is like a Yeti to the Sahara desert. Both simply dont exist!. And yet, 4 guys with dreams in their eyes, set out to acheive the unmaginable in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. To represent their country Jamaica in Bobsledding!.

"Cool Runnings" is based on this true story, but with a few changes that needless to say, is aimed at making the movie more dramatic. Leon(Derice Bannock)is an athlete aimed at making amends for his failure to secure a berth in the Jamaican Sprint Team. With no way out, he decides to try Bobsled, a sport no Caribbean in his right mind would even know it exists. Irv Blitzer(John Candy), a disgraced former champion Bobsledder decides to train Leon the intricacies of this "bone-shattering" sport. To compete in the event would however require 3 more bobsledders to make up the team. In comes his best friend Sanka(Doug.E.Doug), the tempermental Yul Brenner(Malik Yoba) and the reserved Junior Bevil(Rawle Lewis). What you end up with is a team of hysterical proportions, but with a heart.

"Cool Runnings" is not so much about the event as it is with the main characters. The Jamaicans are determined to compete in an event that is considered solely the domain of a few Icelandic- Nordic nations. The 4 guys are felt out of place, racialized and ridiculed at the event while the coach(Candy) is humiliated and taunted at every turn by the organizers. The crux lays in how they overcome their hardships and ultimately win the crowd, if not a medal. The movie is absolutely hilarious considering the Jamaicans have never seen snow in real life. The initial training on their island is itself worth every penny you paid to watch this movie. However the movie's main strength is in its moral message. "Believe". The movie is based entirely on this one word.

Leon is superb in his role as the leader who never gives up. John Candy is without doubt an actor with a heart of gold. Every movie he has been involved in, he brings in that 'human element' into picture. He is perfect as the flawed but determined coach. The find of the movie however, is Rawle Lewis as Junior Beville. He has the best dialogues and behind that meek physique ,stands a truly compassionate and competitive character. Sanka is the funny bone whose expressions are enough to spill your guts out while Yul Brenner is a tough but protective fellow who eventually warms up to the team and gets transformed at the end of the event. Ultimately it is the will and the confidence they derive from each other at every turn of the event that makes this movie so heart-warming.

The movie has a nice flow to it and the music is catchy. Jon Tutletaub(Director) puts everyting in the right place and the direction is straight forward but slick. Though some parts of the movie are fictionalized, it is forgivable since the main theme isn't lost. Infact it actually enhances it. I must say that movies like this generally tend to have a predictable ending. You'll know you'll have a happy one at that. But watch Cool Running's final few scenes and the phrase 'finish the race' will take a whole new meaning to you. The ending is inspiring..surprising..simply magnificent. Go watch it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Inspirational
Everytime I watch Cool Runnings, I still feel the magic and excitement of the first time I watched it. This movie is exceptional. Everything about it works.
The acting is powerful, the story is both exciting and moving, the comedy is fresh and enjoyable, and the soundtrack is perfectly suited to support the mood of the movie.
Cool Runnings is a perfect family film. People of all ages will be drawn to it and enjoy cheering for the Jamaican Bobsled team. There is some mild use of profanity, but it can be overlooked in favor of the moving story, and the morals that children will pick up along with it. Cool Runnings shows the value of pride, tolerance, and persistance.
Throughout the course of the movie we see the team prove to the world through their persistance that they are just as good as any other team, regardless of where they come from. They learn to become a team, learn to take pride in their culture, and do a lot of self discovery.
This movie is one of the few that is sure to touch you and to uplift your spirit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Teenagers dig this movie!
Catchy music, funny crashes, bar fight, a sledder who pees in the sled because he's so scared, calling each other names like Sanka and Yul Brynner....all make for a great laugh in the eyes of a teenager. I've shown this movie to dozens of teens and it never disappoints. The fact is that it's a true story of people chasing their dream, and it has a perfect blend of silly with poignant and great pace to keep adults and young adults alike INTERESTED and entertained the entire time. Also, it follows real life at the end and doesn't have a bunch of no-name Jamaicans taking the gold at the Olympics....teens expect a Disney ending like that and appreciate seeing, instead, the truth. However, ANYONE who watches it finds themselves rooting for these no-name Jamaicans and kind of wishing they would medal even though, realistically, they have no chance. BUY IT and watch it and show it to others...its timeless themes never go out of date.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies I've Seen
"Cool Runnings" is one of the best movies I have seen.
The story line, John Candy and the Jamaican Bobsledders,
the switch from warm Jamaica to cold Calgary all make for a
warm and funny movie. I'm going to take the advice of another
reviewer and watch it now to revive the "feel-good" feeling
of the entire movie. A classic to buy and keep. A true
comedy. ... Read more

157. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good for the young and old!
I am 17 years old, and I've loved this video since I was little. It's so hard not to love Winnie the Pooh. It's good for kids because it's just a nice, friendly cartoon with a good lesson at the end. I guess it's good for everyone in that way. Also, any cartoon with "Huffalumps" and "Woozles" is worth buying!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple but sweet, good lesson in friendship, & FUN!
I watched this video with my own children and now have the good fortune to be watching it with my 2 year old grandaughter, who, in this world of high tech, big budget blockbuster cartoon movies was absolutely transfixed when she saw it the first time! She sat in her little red chair and couldn't take her eyes off the screen. Even though the animation isn't as wild and colorful as some of the cartoons out there now, its soft tones and simplicity activate a childs imagination, and you can see that they are absolutely drawn into this timeless tale as the scenes unfold and the pages of the book turn. Winnie the Pooh is ageless, and this is a simply sweet, fun video that has proved it can stand up in a blustery wind to anything out there on the market today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ahhh... The classical Pooh!
This is my all-time favorite DISNEY series. I've been watching the entire set of tapes for WTP since I was about 2 or 3 and I STILL never get tired of it! There are 3 episodes in all, and if you were to put em together, you'd get what they call "The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh". This is but one of the many chapters that were used in that movie but all 3 used to have to be sold seperately back in the day. However, I was one of the lucky ones to get the COMPLETE VHS boxed-set that had all 3 Pooh-Bear episodes including: "Winnie The Pooh And The Honey "(1966), "Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day"(1968), "Winnie the Pooh And Tigger Too!"(1974). Yes, it even had the BONUS episode, "Winnie The Pooh And A Day For Eeyore"(1983). Blustery Day itself, is one of my favorites next to Tigger Too and is a very VERY fun movie! When a terrible storm hits the 100 Acre Wood, Piglet is stranded out at sea during a giant flood! Can Pooh save his friend within the nick of time? You'll just have to watch to find out!! I highly reccomend you add this to your Disney collection and get the kids. They'll love it! BTW, don't pay any attention to those NEWER versions of the classical Pooh. In my opinion, it's just not the same. They don't make 'em like they used to. :(

2-0 out of 5 stars Parents should know before buying
Any parents concerned about their young toddlers or children viewing guns on television may not want to purchase this video. When Pooh is scared at night he gets out his pop gun and starts pacing with it on his shoulder ready to protect himself from any intruders. I was very disappointed in this video.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic!
Out of all the videos that you will find out there, you have to say that this is one of the true classics. This video won an Oscar Award in 1968 for Best Cartoon short subject.

I love this video and it is full of action. This is the kind of video for you if you are someone who likes videos to be full of action. For example, Owl's tree blows down, and Pooh dreams about Heffalumps and Woozles. Behind all of the scary things, like the Heffalumps and Woozles song, the video is kind and it has a message at the end.(If your kids are under 2, Heffalumps and Woozles may be too extreme).

Out of the four classic Winnie the Pooh tales, I believe that this is the most rewarding and deserving because of how it has good voices, animation, color, artwork, and the story is fun. There are a lot of fun songs to get kids to sing along to.

This is a video that I could keep my eyes on for a long time, and it would still be entertaining, because it is fun and there is adventure in every twist and turn.

This is a wonderful kids movie, and it is good for Pooh lovers everywhere and of any age. If you have kids, this video is a must! ... Read more

158. Never Cry Wolf
Director: Carroll Ballard
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Carroll Ballard's 1983 adaptation of Farley Mowat's autobiographical novel turns his life-changing experience studying the wolves in Canada's inhospitable North into a moving drama of one man's courage and discovery of nature's majesty. Charles Martin Smith plays green biologist Tyler, sent by the Canadian government to "prove" that the wolves are depleting the caribou herds, but what he finds is a natural world in perfect harmony where he becomes a tolerated outsider. Dumped unprepared in the wilds by a hard drinking bush pilot (Brian Dennehy), Tyler learns survival skills from the aged Eskimo who saves his life and the rules of coexistence from a neighboring wolf (which results in a literal pissing contest as man and beast mark their respective territories). Tyler's journey culminates in the majestic run with the wolf pack, an exhilarating sequence where for an instant he becomes one with natural environment of the wilds. For all its beauty, however, Tyler's experience becomes a bittersweet lesson as the encroachment of hunters, tourism, and the social landscape threaten the natural order. As in his previous film, the delicate and lovely The Black Stallion, Ballard's astounding visual treatment captures the awesome natural beauty of the Canadian wilderness with power and poignancy. Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves explores many of the themes presented in this film, but without the resonance or beauty of Ballard's unsung masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Film of the 80's
Screw "Raging Bull." This quiet little Disney film from the mid-80's will knock your socks off. Carroll Ballard works wonders with this exquisite movie based on Farley Mowat's tales of wilderness in the Arctic. BY FAR the best of the early Disney "attempts" at more adult storytelling. And BY FAR the best score Mark Isham has ever produced. I've seen the film a dozen times, and cannot WAIT to see the quality of the Anchor Bay widescreen release. Check out the Mark Isham Score (available on The only thing missing is the cool music from the mouse eating scene...sorry for the spoiler!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fine fictionalized documentary ahead of its time
This fictionalization of the Farley Mowat book about his Arctic adventures studying wolves is amazingly enough perhaps the most controversial film Disney studios ever made. How sad is that? The reasons for the controversy would seem minor: first, the movie is not entirely true to Mowat's book; two, it's lightly plotted; and three, a man is seen running around naked in the tundra. To which I say, so what? so what? and gee, how offensive. (Maybe they should have clothed the wolves.)

The latter complaint is the major reason for all the ranting by some "reviewers." To them a Disney film showing human nakedness seems a sacrilege and they want their bowdlerized world returned to them, and they want Disney censured and made to promise never to do anything like that again! The complaint that there wasn't enough tension in the film is also off base since this is a contemplative, even spiritual film, not a slick thriller. People with sound-bite attention spans who need to mainline exploding cars and ripped flesh to keep them interested need not apply.

The criticism that Director Carroll Ballard's film is not entirely true to the book is legitimate, but I would point out that movies are seldom if ever entirely true to their source material. A film is one kind of media with its particular demands while a book is another. It is impossible to completely translate a book into a movie. Something is always inevitably lost, but something is often gained. Here the cinematography and the beautiful musical score by Mark Isham are fine compensations.

The acting by Charles Martin Smith as "Tyler" (Farley Mowat) and Brian Dennehy as Rosie, the exploitive redneck bushpilot, and Samason Jorah as Mike the compromised Inuit (who sells wolf skins for dentures) and especially Zachary Ittimangnaq as Ootek, the quiet, wise man of the north are also pluses. Note how compactly the main issues of the film are exemplified in these four characters. Indeed, what this film is about is the dying of a way of life, not just that of the wolves, but of the Inuit people themselves who are losing their land and their resources while their young people are being seduced away from what is real and true and time-honored for the glittering trinkets of the postmodern world. This is a story of impending loss and it is as melancholy as the cold autumn wind that blows across the tundra.

What I think elevates this above most nature films is first the intense sense of what it would be like for a lower forty-eight kind of guy to survive in a most inhospitable wilderness, and second the witty presentation of some of the scenes. Ballard works hard to make sure we understand that it is cold, very cold and desolate and that there are dangers of exposure and weather and just plain loss of perspective that have killed many a would-be adventurer and might very well kill Tyler. I think it was entirely right that near the end of the film we get the sense that Tyler is going off the deep end emotionally, that the majestic and profoundly melancholy experience has been too much for him.

Tyler begins as a greenhorn biologist dropped alone onto a frozen lake amid snow covered mountains rising in the distance so that we can see immediately how puny he is within this incredibly harsh vastness. The following scene when Ootek finds him and leaves him and he chases Ootek until he drops, and then Ootek saves him, gives him shelter, and leaves again without a word, was just beautiful. And the scenes with the "mice" and running naked among the caribou and teaching Ootek to juggle were delightful. The territorial marking scene was apt and witty and tastefully done. (At least, I don't think the wolves were offended.)

This movie was not perfect, however. For one thing, those were not "mice" that Tyler found his tent infested with. I suspect they were lemmings posing for the cameras. Those who have seen the film about the making of this movie undoubtedly know what they were; please advise me if you do. Also the "interior" of Tyler's tent was way too big to fit into the tent as displayed. Also it would be important from a nutritional point of view for Tyler to eat the "mice" raw as the wolves did! (The actual creatures that Mowat ate I assume were mice.) If Tyler had to exist purely on roasted and boiled rodent for many months, he would encounter some nutritional deficiencies. Still, eating a diet of the whole, uncooked mouse would be sustaining whereas a diet of lean meat only would not. (Add blubber and internal organs for an all-meat diet to work.) Incidentally, the Inuit people get their vitamin C from blubber and the contents of the stomachs of the animals they kill.

Where were the mosquitos and the biting flies that the tundra is infamous for?

Since this movie appeared almost twenty years ago, the public image of the wolf has greatly improved and wolves have been reintroduced to Yellowstone Park. I think everybody in this fine production can take some credit for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great book!
This was one of the first (and few) books I read for fun while I was growing up. Then when the movie came out, it was the icing on the cake. Today I'm ordering it for my dad for Father's Day in rememberance of "back then." I can't wait to watch it with him after all these years.

5-0 out of 5 stars lol @ one star reviewers!
I find the one star reviews of this movie amusing.Its sad that people condemn this movie just because they are hyper and easily bored and entertained only by blood and violence.The same movie that bores the aforementioned fools will satisfy more intelligent and philosophical individuals that have more interest in the natural world.As an animal lover and animal welfare activist,I enjoyed this film and can recommend it to anyone thats ever had an interest in nature and wildlife.Remember to order the wide-screen version,you`ll see the film as it was meant to be seen.

5-0 out of 5 stars proto "lost in translation"
Well, at least, I get the same sort of feeling from both films. I am biased--I love Alaska, the wilderness, and hate people. So the setting of this film works for me--something I picture in my mind when i am stuck in rush hour traffic. There is some slow moments in the plot. The movie has some feel-good undertones to it. However, the sound in most movies is merely a backdrop. In this, it really serves to move the film along, to connect on a different level. Sound plays into the plot. My favorite scene is when the scientist is sitting on a hill playing his oboe to a midnight Alaskan sun. There is something transcendent about that very scene. I almost see it as the connection of two worlds. Regardless, I would highly recommend it. ... Read more

159. Summer of the Monkeys
Director: Michael Anderson
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Twelve-year-old Jay Berry Lee has one goal this summer: to buy his ownpony. He plans to work long hours in his grandfather's general store toearn the money for it. But business is slow in this Great Plains farm town circa 1910, and his dream seems unreachable until the day he discovers a group ofescaped circus monkeys. Despite his father's warnings and his mother'sanger over his irresponsibility, Jay Berry tries everything in his powerto capture the comical monkeys and claim the handsome reward offered bytheir owner. During his efforts, he learns important lessons abouttenacity, charity, prioritizing his values, and, yes, monkeys.

Based on the award-winningnovel by WilsonRawls, Summer of theMonkeys brings together a snug ensemble of capable actors. The mostrecognizable cast members include Wilford Brimley (Cocoon) and the mild-mannered Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks). Corey Sevierhandles the role of Jay Berry Lee with the right blend of preteenadrenaline and emotion. Under the direction of Michael Anderson(Around the World in Eighty Days) the characters treat this moderately paced period piece with great care.Both the story and the dialogue are sensible without being sentimental, aquality that should appeal to all family members. Its clean, upbeatstyle may remind adult viewers of Disney's wilderness family classics ofthe 1970s. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Movie with a sweet message
This movie is not really about monkeys but a story about a young boy growing up and out of selfishness. It's wonderful to watch this boy take a big step to becoming a man by the things he experiences one eventful summer. I was satisfied to have my children watch a film with such a great message.It was also nice to watch a film with clean language. You won't be sorry you watched it.
A Concerned Christian Mom

5-0 out of 5 stars A family classic with a rich story and wonderful humor.
Academy award-winning director, Michael Anderson ("Around the World in 80 days) brings his considerable talent to this family classic, based on the Wilson Rawls novel of the same name. Beautifully photographed in a stunning period pieced drama, this new Disney release is something the whole family will love. With charming performances by Corey Sevier (Lassie), Katie Stuart (The Crow) and Wilford Brimley (Cocoon), the movie takes viewers through a summer of growing up for Jay Berry Lee, a fourteen year-old farm boy. Through his encounter and humorous attempts to catch a rascally group of escaped circus monkeys, Jay ends up learning far more important lessons about life than he ever dreamed. Winner of numerous film festival awards, and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, "Summer of the Monkeys" will keep you coming back for more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Like a previous reviewer stated, the title didn't catch me. The cover (I was 8 and judging by the cover was the way to tell) looked bored and showed off a boring deal. It didn't help that it looked rural. It just looked dull!

How wrong I was! I haven't watched this movie in probably five years, but I remember it's magic. It was just a great, simple movie. You could relate to Jay-he was the troublemaker, yet often felt ignored. Corey Sevier is one of those actors that you see everywhere but you can't quite put your finger on it--but he's great!

The highlights of this movie are simple scenes, really. Unlike most, there's no HUGE event that leads the movie. That said, it's a simple movie that even young kids can enjoy. Kids who's favorites movie list upon the Fast and the Furious, may not like it because it's not that kind of movie-but sensitive children are sure to love it!

1-0 out of 5 stars How far off can you get.
I always try to be fair to movies where the book is involved. Movies like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are perfect example of a faithful adaptaion of the book. Summer of the Monkeys sadly does not measure up. I am forced to ask the question: how far from the book can you get and still use the same title? Obviously really far. The two biggest glaring errors are the main character's age. From the book, very first page and very first line, "Up until I was 14 years old." In the movie he is 12. This is what really bugged me; the book specifically placed the setting in the Ozak Mountains on the banks of the Illonis River in Oklahoma. Hmm... I don't think that was a prairie yet the movie filmed it in what looked like Nebraska. I would recomend renting this movie. Buy the book, as it is one of my all time favorites. Even as an adult I come back to read it and enjoy it thouruly every time. In short the movie makers did not come even close to capturing the book and it is not worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Brave.
During the storm scene while Jay and Daisy's Ma was reading the scripture from the bible Daisy was clinging on too her Pa Jay was praying and there Pa was holding onto Daisy so tight .They made it through the horrid storm without breaking a single bone or without getting hurt even though the storm wrecked there house they were just glad God blessed them with a miracle .Like it said on the ad a story with laughter and faith. ... Read more

160. Walt Disney's The Spirit of Mickey
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This is a solid collection of vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons, presentedvirtually complete, for once, and not just as a cut-and-paste clips assortment. (Introductory material is cobbled together from old Mickey Mouse Club and Wonderful World of Disney broadcasts.) The program is fun to watch, but it's also a revealing historical pageant. In classic action-comedy items like "Mickey's Trailer" and "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip," it is clear that the Disney Studio's faultless technique, even when dealing with elaborate props and frantic activity, is a tradition that was established early on. And in tales of interspecies conflict like "Lend a Paw" and "Mickey's Seal" (both involving pitched battles between Mickey's dog Pluto and cuddly interlopers in the Mouse household), we can see how that institutional polish blunts the edge of the comedy--in sharp contrast, for instance, to the rough and raucous Warner Brothers style. Purists will fume over some of the choices that were made here: no original release dates are given for the cartoons, the credit sequences are missing, and the colors have been digitally homogenized. But get real: this is mass-market shelf-filler packaged for the Disney Stores, and as such it's a cut above. --David Chute ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Mickey!
I think this is a really really great video, because I hear some familiar songs in the background music. Like in "The Worm Turns", I hear "The Light Cavalry Overture". And, I watch "The Band Concert" a lot because it has the William Tell Overture, and Donald Duck is just so funny! I like the part where he's playing his flute and a bee buzzes in from his flute into his mouth, and the bee ends up in all these different places, like on Mickey's head. In the part of the Storm, the clarinette at the end sounds so out of toon. [...] I like listening to all the cartoons, including "The Band Concert"! I'd like the kids in school to see this movie. It's really really really great. I could watch this the most often, if I wanted to.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great collection
This is a great collection of Mickey cartoons. The titles include, "Band Concert" (the first color cartoon), "Thru the Mirror," Oscar winner "Lend a Paw," "Orphan's Picnic," "The Worm Turns," "Mickey's Surprise Party," "Mickey and the Seal," "Mickey's Trailer," "Canine Caddy," "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip," and the original: "Steamboat Willie."

I enjoy this collection; it's great to see so many of the studios best work collected in one place. The title is a little misleading, because Donald and Pluto star is a couple of these. I especially enjoy "Band Concert," because it's so funny to watch, "Thru the Mirror," and "Steamboat Willie." One thing that's interesting to me is that so many of the early cartoons had a music soundtrack with little dialogue. The sound could have been cleaned up a bit on a couple of these, especially "Thru the Mirror." And I would have really liked to have had dates included with the titles at the beginning. Still, it's a solid collection of some of Disney's classic short subjects.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Animated Fun
This is a wonderful example of Disney at its best. My two-year old and three-year old love this movie beginning to end. It is one of the videos I actually enjoying watching over and over again. I would recommend it for people age 1 to 99.

5-0 out of 5 stars A ton of great cartoons on one great video!!
First of all, I would just like to say this is a great video. There are many excellent cartoons on here. They are as follows: "The Band Concert", "Thru The mirror", "Lend A Paw","Orphan's Picnic", "The Worm Turns", "Mickey's surprise party","Mickey and the Seal", "Mickey's Trailer", "Canine Caddy", "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip". And last, but certainly not least, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon ever,"STEAMBOAT WILLIE"!!!! This is a great video for any Disney fan. Young or old, it dosen't matter at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars 11 great cartoons
this video is better then mickey''s magical world because in the sprit of mickey they have 11 cartoons and their not just clips they are complete cartoons. ... Read more

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