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Big Trouble From A Small Parcel
Ron Oliver (email@example.com) from Forest Ranch, CA
16 June 2003
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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