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The Talking Parcel (1978)

The Talking Parcel (This review refers to the animated cartoon, which differs from the original book by Gerald Durrell. The voice actors are credited) A wrapped parcel is seen floating on the... See full synopsis »

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Lisa Norris ...
Penelope (voice)
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Parrot (voice)
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Hortense, the Flying Train (voice)
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Ethelred (voice)
Edward Kelsey ...
H.H. Junketbury (voice)
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The Talking Parcel

(This review refers to the animated cartoon, which differs from the original book by Gerald Durrell. The voice actors are credited)

A wrapped parcel is seen floating on the sea (Song: "Mooncarrot Pie") towards a shore where a young girl, Penelope (Lisa Norris) is playing. Unwrapping it, she discovers The Parrot (Freddie Jones) who enlists her to return with him to Mythologia to rescue its rightful ruler, the wizard H. H. Junketberry (Edward Kelsey) from the dungeons of the Chief Cockatrice (Windsor Davis) and his minions.

Penelope and The Parrot journey using Hortense (Mollie Sugden), an enchanted steam-engine, and land in Mythologia not far from Castle Cockatrice. They encounter Ethelred, a toad and a spy (Roy Kinnear), whose spy course has not got much beyond the use of very elaborate disguises, and persuade him to help them. Entering the castle, they manage to contact H. H. Junketberry, who tells them that the only thing that can overcome Cockatrices is the bite of ...

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26 December 1978 (UK)  »

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Big Trouble From A Small Parcel
16 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

A Cosgrove/Hall Production.

THE TALKING PARCEL washed up on a beach discloses a pushy parrot who whisks a small girl off on a perilous adventure to rescue an old wizard from horrible cockatrices.

Based on the book by Gerald Durrell and adapted by the very talented Rosemary Anne Sisson, this British animated film features non-stop action, a few chuckles and some genuinely scary moments. The climactic castle siege - with the brave weasels and their friends attacking the evil cockatrices - is suspenseful and exciting.

A quintet of top British character actors adds greatly to the success of the proceedings: Freddie Jones, Roy Kinnear, Windsor Davies, Peter Woodthorpe & Sir Michael Hordern. Jones' rendition of 'Moon Carrot Pie,' the song sung over the opening credits, perfectly sums up the film's whimsical nature.

The quality of the animation is competent throughout, but it pales alongside the stupendous work Cosgrove/Hall would subsequently produce in the field of stop-motion animation, most especially their wonderful short feature & series based on THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1983).


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