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The Impossible Elephant (2001)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family | 20 April 2001 (Canada)
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The lonely boy who magically got the elephant he wished for from a falling star.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Molly Connor
... Steven Harris
... Daniel Harris
Alex Doduk ... Gilbert (Trout)
Jordan Becker ... Butterbutt
... Lenny (as Sandy Wayne Robson)
William Taylor ... George Gerbner
... Bob
Mitchell Fehr ... Kyle Peters
Emma Davison-Roy ... Miranda
Dwayne Brenna ... Principal Duncan
Lana Haight ... Bus Driver
Sheldon Bergstrom ... Jack
Emily Slocombe ... Amy
... Miss Parker


Motherless Daniel 'Danny' Harris believed his dad that wishes to falling stars don't just come true, but when he wishes for an elephant a baby one magically appears in a crate in their back yard. Naturally father Steven, a newspaper journalist, isn't to popular when he responsibly brings the new 'pet' to the local zoo, nor its caretaker George when he admits such an animal, especially this one who soon falls sick, needs specialist care they can't provide and will therefore be shipped to San Diego. The only one who helps Danny is nerdy genius Gilbert Trout, who is also constantly bullied at school, but proves a valuable ally in a daring attempt to spring free the pachyderm, and then more magic happens... Written by KGF Vissers

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With a good friend by your side, anything is possible.


Adventure | Family


Not Rated




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The Incredible Elephant  »

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A Slightly Implausible Elephant
12 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Young Mark Rendell is a lonely kid after his mother has passed away. His father Nicholas Lea and sympathetic friend Mia Sara try their best to fill the avoid, but Lea is working through his own grief. Rendell has nothing to show when classmates bring their pets into show and tell at school, one friend brings in a green mamba snake, fortunately with poison glands removed. He'd like to top that if he could.

So when one morning an elephant shows up at the young man's doorstep and no one can find any trace of his origins, it's a puzzlement. One thing is for certain we can't exactly keep an unhousebroken elephant as a pet. It would require one big litter box.

But this is one special elephant with some hidden talents that make him real special. He even splashes a bully played by Jordan Becker who has been making life miserable for Rendell and his friend Alex Doduk.

The Impossible Elephant might better be entitled the implausible elephant because he's not really given any explanation for why he is and does things special. If Steven Spielberg had gotten a hold of this property the story would have all made some sense in the end.

Giving a funny performance here as an overeager young zoo security guard is Sandy Robson. He's from the Barney Fife school of deputy sheriffs and except in Mayberry this man does not have a career in law enforcement.

The Impossible Elephant is a nice concept, somewhat indifferently handled by the Canadian producers. This really needed a Steven Spielberg to bring it off.

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