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My 5 year old son picked this rental and he loves it! We watched repeatedly over the weekend. I had never heard of it, or noticed it on the shelf before, but I am really glad he did. Full of harmless, silly fun, he laughed a lot at the antics of the Koala and the bumbling bad guys. It has those silly bumbling type of Hollywood bad guys that are not scary, so I didn't have to worry about scary stuff. More for kids than parents, the kind of movie you can put on while keeping one eye on the kids and cooking dinner or using the computer. The koala is obviously fake which is OK for this kind of movie. Not one the family is going to gather around repeatedly but one the kids can watch alone or with a pal. Surprised it came out in 2001, as this is our first time finding it
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Ozzie the koala is a legend in Aboriginal Australia. Not only is he furry and adorable, he is the only koala who can actually talk! Long ago, an American toy manufacturer, hearing of the real bear, fashioned a stuffed, best-selling, battery-operated talking koala. But, sales have slumped in recent years for the firm, for the CEO refuses to sell any violent toys or games. This does not sit well with another middle manager (Joan Collins). She is determined to not only get "toys kids want" but also has hatched a plan to kidnap Ozzie. It's complicated, as she and a wayward scientist will "clone" Ozzie and create a sensation with a real live talking bear! But, after the kidnappers succeed in getting their clutches on Ozzie, they find themselves on a plane with Justin (Spencer Breslin) who has just received a stuffed Ozz from his mother (Rachel Hunter). Naturally, the two bears get mixed up, with Justin taking home the genuine Ozzie. Toy lady is not pleased and orders the nappers to find the true bear quickly! Figuring out their mistake, the two bear-nappers stake out a hidey near Justin's home and try a hatful of tricks to get the bear back. But, Justin is smart and loves Ozz. He stays one step ahead of the duo. Will the boy, however, be able to dodge the men forever? This was a nice family film with the most lovable talking koala you ever did see! Ozzie is a total joy. The cast is also nice, with Breslin a natural actor and Collins doing the "dragon woman" she does so well. Hunter, also, looks lovely and performs nicely, as does all of the unknown supporting cast. That said, the two nappers are knock-offs of the bumbling burglars in Home Alone and, Peter Bogdanovich, you should be aware that the director lifted a scene directly from What's Up Doc when a collision between bicycles and glass haulers occurs. Wow, that's pretty bold. Parents, too, should know that although the film looks wonderful, with nice costumes, scenery, and camera-work, that there may be some objectionable material. Yes, its mostly family friendly but a cafeteria food fight, with no adults present, or a child punching another one in the nose will not be welcomed by all. The final scenes, too, where Ozzie is hooked up to an electrical gizmo, might be somewhat frightening. However, perhaps this reviewer is being too harsh, for it truly is a fun and enjoyable film, especially for animal lovers. If your loved ones are such folks, look for Ozzie soon.
My roommate Shelia and I, Roxanne, were planning on going on out to a party tonight and realized that a night in with Ozzie and a bowl of pickles was 900% times better......we highly recommend an Ozzie DVD, 1 liter of mountain dew and some homemade pickles for a fabulous night in....the best thing was the soundtrack...absolutely amazing and life-altering...honestly...love love love it...Spencer breslin is a god and genius for a little boy actor...so is Ozzie who was stated in the ending credits (maybe as a joke) is played by fur bits and pieces....weird......the eternal question is "is there a real talking koala in Australia?"...one will never know! Fin
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