Struggling to cope with the recent death of his mother, young Jake Tyler retreats from his family and the world at large. After being involved in a violent fight with some older boys at school, he winds up in the principal's office with his father who is told that Jake might benefit from professional help. Unfortunately, Jake's father has been unable to help himself through the loss of his wife. When not neglecting his son and daughter as a result, he's furious with them. Jesse (Jake's sister) is so fed up with her selfish father that she moves out of the house but not without leaving her pet ferret, Jasper, to keep her brother company. Jake & Jasper become fast friends as the two develop a strong bond. Yet just as this companionship seems on the verge of prying Jake from his shell, his father threatens to take Jasper away. With the thought of losing his best pal, Jake decides to run away from home and the two get lost in a nearby forest. Then when darkness falls Jake & Jasper not ... Written by
I donated to this film, and watched it's progress as it was being made, and so, was very excited to see it reach my mailbox.
The story is timely inasmuch as there are many families who are experiencing the same, or very similar situations that Jake and Jessi face. While it was short in duration, I found myself recalling scenes and discussing it with others who viewed it, and therefore, do not feel it's length is relative. My first viewing was with my 9 and 7 year old granddaughters. They immediately identified with Jake and his father, as well as Falcor (I have 2 ferrets). They immediately began singing the song that Jake and Jessi sang, and are still singing it days after viewing. This film has all the ingredients to make a wonderful full length feature film, or, potentially, a television series. I found the actors and, of course, Falcor, to be believable and sincere in their portrayal of the characters.
In addition, I found the photography and direction to be very well done, as well as the locations where scenes were shot. Overall, I feel that my rating of 10 is justified and well-earned.
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