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 »
A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are ... See full summary »
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
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
In the books, Omri's father's name is Lionel; in the movie, his name is Victor. See more »
When Omri is opening his birthday presents around the kitchen table, the rat-in-the-ball is on the table; two seconds later, it's gone, with nobody acting as having picked it up. See more »
[after Omri picks him up to stop him from shooting Little Bear]
I'm tired of getting hauled around all the time! I might'a known you'd take the side of that stinkin' savage!
He smells, Omri, and he calls me a dirty savage.
Oh, I didn't call you dirty. I called you stinkin'!
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An excellent film exploring complex themes lightheartedly
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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