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The Great Land of Small (1987)

G | | Family, Fantasy | May 1987 (France)
Two children enter a fantasy kingdom and are confronted by evil forces.

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Jenny
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David
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Fritz / The King
Ken Roberts ...
Flannigan / Munch
Rodrigue Tremblay ...
Mimmick
Lorraine Desmarais ...
Linda / La reine
Michelle Turmel ...
Sarah
Gilles Pelletier ...
Grand-père
Françoise Graton ...
Grand-mère
André Mélançon ...
Gardien
Jack Langedijk ...
Patrick O'Toole
Gilles Ste-Croix ...
Homme de Flannigan
Nicolas Doclin ...
Homme de Flannigan
Eddie Roy ...
Homme de Flannigan
Michel Gagne ...
Homme de Flannigan
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Two children enter a fantasy kingdom and are confronted by evil forces.

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Where it doesn't matter how big you are, just how big you dream.

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I'm Singing All Day
Written by G. Trepanier and N. Dube
Adapted by Nathalie Carsen
Performed by Betty Eliarat
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Canadian "Nightmare Fuel" Classic!
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the same "Tales for All" series which mentally scarred Canadian children for life with the infamous Peanut Butter Solution comes yet another trippindicular kids film bound to disturb anyone under the age of 12.

The Great Land of Small tells the story of Jenny and David, two fairly bratty kids who appear to work in the circus with their mom. The fatherless family takes a vacation to spend some time with Granny and Gramps in countryside, where the kiddos encounter Fritz, a diminutive denizen of the Land of Small, a realm existing in "innerspace" on the other side of the rainbow. Fritz goofed up in the woods by dropping his magic dust, allowing a sinister tavern owner to chance upon it. Fritz lets the bad guy take the dust with a warning, taking the opportunity test human responsibility. Of course things go wrong, so Fritz and the kids have to team up to set things straight. Their journey takes them over the rainbow to the titular Land of Small, where things get really whacked out.

For those of you who are purely reliant on plot and spectacle, The Great Land of Small will wear out its welcome pretty quickly, but if you have a taste for this sort of thing, I think you'll dig it. The camera-work is actually rather nice for a kids film, so it was no surprise to see that this was a French-Canadian/Czech production. The music is fun too -- lots of ultra-saccharine, twinkly synth-pop for kids.

It's not a high-budget film by any means, but it's full of quirks and peculiarities, which reach a climax when the kids go to the Land of Small, which is like a low-rent version of Little Nemo's Slumberland. The set is actually (I'm pretty sure) the stadium Canada built for the '76 Olympics, which is a very '70s futuristic all-white building with lots of sloping curves. Add lots of fog, populate it with brightly festooned Cirque du Soleil performers, and film it with some Dutch angles and you've got the Land of Small. This loopy land is ruled by Fritz's twin brother, played by Twin Peak's Michael J. Anderson in a dual role. His queen is played by the same actress that plays David and Jenny's mom, which is really weird. Hanging out in the Land of Small ain't so bad until the trip goes sour and David and Jenny attend a bizarre ritual. The Smallians start chanting "Slimo", summoning an ugly, moon-like creature out of a foggy crater. A dwarf and a giant are sacrificed (willingly?) to Slimo by sliding down a chute into a squishy pit. Slimo spits some gold dust into the pit and these folks are reincarnated into butterfly people. David and Jenny narrowly avoid the same fate. Long story short, this scene is really creepy and Slimo kinda looks like the scary moon from the game "Majora's Mask".

Anyways, if you are the kind of maniac like me that enjoys weirdo kid flicks with awkward dubbing, imaginative sets and more than a dose of creep factor, check it out!


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