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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 ...