Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are four orphaned brothers and sisters who mysteriously appear in a small town on a warm summer night. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an old abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies while the other kids make a home in the boxcar finding old dishes and scraps in a junkyard. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves. As time passes, they discover the struggles and rewards of independence as well as the joys of family - until one day Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her. They must take Violet to a doctor risking discovery and the loss of their secret home in the forest.Written by
The film won Best Animated Feature at the 2015 St. Tropez International Film Festival and the score was nominated for best score for an animated motion picture by Reel Music. See more »
When the kids all slide down the muddy hill during a rainstorm, when they reach the bottom, none of them have any mud on their clothes. You see them brushing themselves off, but what are they brushing off? See more »
I've seen many movies made from books in the past, and I will say this one does not let you down. I enjoyed this movie just as much if not more than I enjoyed the book, simply for the artistic depiction of nature that really set the mood. As far as accuracy, the movie hit all the points I would have wanted and expected to remain from the book. The movie as a whole was very well made to cater to the age group of those who would otherwise be reading the book series right now. But it does hold on well for those who read the books during their childhood as well. The only thing I could ask is that A) they could have given the kids more than just a single pair of clothes, and B) They make a sequel that is just as true to the second book as this movie is to the first book.
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