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The Family That Dwelt Apart (1973)

A family of seven lives on a New England island with nobody else. One winter, they got stranded because the bay froze over. This didn't much matter to them, but someone on the mainland ... See full summary »

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Yvon Mallette

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E.B. White (story)

Star:

E.B. White
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A family of seven lives on a New England island with nobody else. One winter, they got stranded because the bay froze over. This didn't much matter to them, but someone on the mainland remembered them and launched an aerial rescue mission; an unfounded story that one boy had appendicitis results in a larger rescue mission, with the situation rapidly escalating into a major catastrophe all because of the rescue mission. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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English

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October 1973 (USA) See more »

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What's that saying about "best intentions"?!
13 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very simply animated film that really struck a chord with me. Instead of the usual lousy animation that the 1970s were known for, this one was very different--mostly because of exceptional writing and narration. It is the ultimate story about irony and the importance of just minding your own business! The story is something like this: There was a simple family that lived on a small island in New England and they were very happy. Although they didn't have much, they were well-fed and content. Then, out of the blue, the idiots on the mainland got the idea that this family needed help--after which, every possible problem occurred and left the viewer with the impression that the expression about "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" is 100% true--at least in this case! Filled with irony and sarcasm, this short sponsored by The Film Board of Canada is a winner and deserved its nomination for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. My only question, then, is--is this a true story? I sure hope not!!


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