10 Movie Children's Holiday Collection [DVD]
- SKU: 19590237
- Release Date: 11/15/2011
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A Christmas Gift
Michael the Visitor
In this Claymation adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Truths We Live By, Michael the Visitor tells the story of a shoemaker named Simon who ventures out one winter night to collect a sum of money that he is owed, but instead, returns home with a man that he finds naked and freezing behind a roadside shrine. Simon's wife is annoyed by her husband's pity for bringing home another mouth to feed, but the young man soon shows himself to be a useful apprentice. Could God have a plan for this young man, and for Simon, who had the kind heart that the young man needed to shine? ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams' beloved children's classic comes to life through the magic of claymation as the tale of a bond forged between a boy and his favorite stuffed animal offers an important lesson in the power of love. Though the velveteen rabbit is initially rejected by the young boy, a dose of "nursery magic" brings the toy to life in the child's imagination and the two are soon inseparable. When the boy falls ill and his doctor orders the rabbit destroyed out of fears that it will become infected, the grief of losing his favorite toy finds the boy falling into a deep depression. Informed by the Nursery Fairy that if something is truly loved it will live on forever, the ailing child takes solace in the belief that his favorite toy will always be there by his side. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rip Van Winkle
Will Vinton's clay animation version of Rip Van Winkle stays faithful to Washington Irving's original story. Rip is a kind-hearted but talkative farmer who, after seeing the loss of his crop after trying to be helpful to another person, ends up sharing beverages with some tiny men he meets. The drinks put Rip into a deep sleep that lasts two decades. This Oscar nominated short is narrated by Will Geer. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Clay Classics: God's Trombones contains three Biblically related animated short films. Included in this collection is Will Vinton's The Creation, The Prodigal Son featuring a vocal performance by Dorian Harewood, and Go Down Death. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Martin the Cobbler
This claymation program tells Leo Tolstoy's story Where Love Is God Is. Narrated by Tolstoy's daughter Alexandra and directed by Will Vinton, Martin The Cobbler centers around an old man named Martin who is depressed and lost after the deaths of his wife and son. Too old to work, Martin feels he has nothing to live for until a pilgrim leaves him an ancient book in need of a new binding. Soon, the old man is able to think of others besides himself and sees life in a new light. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
The Little Prince
Oscar-winning short-film director Wil Vinton (Closed Mondays) brings author Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved children's tale to life through the art of clay animation. When a pilot is forced to land deep in the desert, he soon makes the acquaintance of a friendly but mysterious visitor known as The Little Prince. As the pilot spends the following days repairing the engine of his airplane, the Little Prince entertains his newfound friend with tales of his faraway home planet and his intergalactic quest to find an elusive and unique flower. After taming a wild desert fox, the young space traveler discovers an important lesson in matters of the heart hidden deep within the velvet peddles of a common rose. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The First Christmas
The Star Child
In this Claymation adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story of the same name, two woodsmen witness a falling star and, believing in the folklore of the time, try to find the place where the star landed in the hopes of finding gold. What they find, however, is a baby wrapped in a golden blanket and wearing an amber chain around his neck. One of the woodsmen, Sven, takes pity on the child and brings him home to his own family. Believed to be of royal blood, the townsfolk spoil the child and he grows into a rude and arrogant boy. Then one day, his real mother returns and reveals that her son was stolen from her by robbers who left her with a curse. What will become of the town and of the star child now that his true parentage has been revealed? ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi