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Rabbit Ears: Rip Van Winkle (1992)

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Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of ... See full summary »

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Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different. This is a charming story about how America changed due to the Revolutionary War, only in a different and more subtle way than ever told before. Written by Shane Rothery

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I can't imagine there being a better version of this story!
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit there are other good versions of this story, the Wishbone version for example, but this is definitely superior and is probably the best version of the story. Most people know this story, but I'll summarize anyway. Set in the 1700s, Rip Van Winkle is a lazy man who has a daughter, a son, and a wife who he's supposed to provide for but continues in his slothful behavior. One day he goes on an adventure with his dog and comes across strange men with ale who are bowling. He drinks some of their ale, which puts him into a deep sleep that lasts for 20 years. When he awakes, he discovers all he knew changed and learns important lessons about work and family.

The people who worked at Rabbit Ears were geniuses. The animation style is incredible, almost looking at drawings from a book. The music is beautiful, memorable, and a perfect for the story. Angelica Houston does a superb job narrating this story. I can't imagine anyone else's voice telling this story. This version of the story is perfect in every way! It's entertaining for children and adults. I highly recommend it! This is probably a lost gem for most people, but it is one of my favorite videos from my childhood! I guarantee you'll enjoy it if you watch it!


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