To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog, a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick,making it top heavy. The broom is destroyed by a fire-breathing dragon who threatens to eat the witch but the creatures band together to impersonate a monster and save her. As a result she fashions a luxurious new broom with seats on which they can all ride comfortably.
Genre: Animation, Art House & International, Kids & Family
Directed By: Max Lang, Jan Lachauer
Runtime: 27 minutes
Studio: Magic Light Pictures
I love children’s books. I’ve been collecting them for over 25 years. My mother was a teacher and she collected them before me. I suppose you could say we live in a perpetual sense of childhood wonder, she and I–a result of an upbringing I am grateful to have had.
I also love witches. And this lovely, thoughtful little witch, played by Gillian Anderson, is just wonderful. I watched this on Netflix with my grandson who’s six. Valuable lessons here. And beautiful animation.
There are other films based on the books by Donaldson and Scheffler, and the composer is the same for all of them, which makes them all related in a magical way, for the music in these is stellar. The voice actors include Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Jennifer Saunders (Shrek, AbFab), Russell Tovey (Being Human), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), and John Hurt.
What a special little film adaptation of the children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler…
“…if you’re looking for a short, beguiling animated film. This 2014 Oscar nominee for best animated short brings a beloved children’s book of the same name to life in a charming, cozy style, with Mr. Pegg voicing the rhyming narration as though he’s reading a bedtime story — a key to the film’s success. The impressive vocal cast (which also includes Sally Hawkins and Rob Brydon) brings the expressive animal characters to vivid life, relating what begins as a tale of rivalry and jealousy à la “Toy Story,” but evolves into a sweet and welcome lesson, in which its animal hitchhikers learn how to work together for the benefit of all.”
– The New York Times
The Films, The Books & Other Links
Everyone of these is very high on my list of entertainment for kids and adults alike!