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On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best ... See full summary »

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Little Bear
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Boone
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Lucy
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Adiel
Leon Tejwani ...
Baby Martin
Lucas Tejwani ...
Baby Martin
Christopher Conte ...
Purple Mohawk
Cassandra Brown ...
Emily
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On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best friend. But these two presents turn out to be much more magic than the rest... Written by Volker Boehm

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Rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing | See all certifications »

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14 July 1995 (USA)  »

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A Chave Mágica  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,234,684 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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On the DVD commentary, Frank Oz stated he was reluctant to direct this movie, as he doesn't think he's a children's director. See more »

Goofs

In the hallway of the school, Omri and Patrick are arguing because Patrick is trying to show Little Bear and Boone to some classmates. Patrick is against the wall as Omri yells at him. Note the goof when the young actor playing Patrick mouths much of Omri's dialogue in anticipation of his own lines. See more »

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Little Bear: [Before pulling the arrow out of Boone] Blood will flow. Get me husks!
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An excellent film exploring complex themes lightheartedly
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film was special. It's not to say it ranks high amongst the worlds films technically (which is not to say it fails in this regard – it simply does not depend upon special effects), but the underlying theme is gentle and beautifully presented. The child actors' performances are solid. Especially the lead 'Omri', and his friend (whom I really liked and really disliked respectively - (hence his acting ability)). It's an innocent story with great imagination, and doesn't take itself too seriously. The relationship and growth that the main character develops with Little Bear (the Indian in the cupboard) is special. It eventually takes on a father/son dynamic after a role reversal or sorts from the Creator/created dynamic the boy has with Little Bear at first. I was touched by this relationship and by Omri's innocence. Frank Oz imagination is conveyed well through this work. I can easily imagine being in Omri's shoes and enjoy this film each time I watch it. Whether you watch this with kids or not, odds are you'll enjoy it.


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