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The Blue Elephant (2008)

Voice of Miranda Cosgrove , Voice of Carl Reiner  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Voice of Miranda Cosgrove, Voice of Carl Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001AR60GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Follow The Blue Elephant on a breathtaking journey, complete with endearing characters, belly laughs, and an uplifting message about the power of courage. Khan is a little elephant with big dreams of becoming a hero. When he gets separated from his herd, he'll need the help of his new friends and a whole lot of bravery to find his family and fulfill his royal destiny.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Elephant Wages War October 17, 2008
Format:DVD
My wife bought this movie after seeing an ad on tv and thinking my 2 yr old son would like the cute little blue elephant. And he does. The animation is good and there are plenty of different characters although the story follows just one of them for 95% of the movie. I sat down and watched this all the way through only once with my son, as he's at the age where he can only handle 20 minutes of story line at a time (not helped by the fact all his tv shows are about 10 to 20 minutes an episode).

But once we got into the third act, things I thought got a little disturbing. There are a lot of war scenes towards the end, and throughout the whole story there are a lot of fights, teasing, slightly creepy images of red eyed monstrous elephants (the animation makes them look more like demons than elephants), and I basically felt uncomfortable with my two year old staring at it. I also didn't like the message about war being a necessary thing in society (actually I was quite shocked when they said that in a kid's movie supposedly about a cute blue elephant).

The bottom line is there's nothing about the cover of the DVD and the ads that depict what the movie is actually like. I'm not saying it isn't an enjoyable movie, but it might not be what you're expecting, especially after the first 5 minutes are all cute and cuddly and then it turns into a slightly scary film about war and death. I would watch it first as a parent before letting your child view it to gauge if it's something you feel comfortable letting your child watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film! November 17, 2008
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My child thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully animated film. She's watched it several times this weekend, and wants a copy of her own. (we rented this one) Although I agree, that for smaller children, it might be scary. The cover art DOES NOT give you a good idea of what the film is all about, however, I do think that in the situation presented in the movie (Siam being invaded by Burma), that the war is justified, even though it obviously wasn't what the animals or the people wanted. They wanted peace, but knew they could never have it without fighting for it. Appropriate film for 4 and up, in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I bought this movie for my then 8 years old daughter I was attracted mostly by the cute elephants on the box cover and in the beginning the movie was indeed about cute little elephants. But then it turned much darker than any other kid movie I ever seen.

The action of film takes place in Siam (today this country is called Thailand) in XVIII century, when this kingdom was invaded by its Burmese neighbours. More of half of the movie is about the war training of elephants and our blue hero, when fully grown up, goes to fight a bloody war carrying on his back the king of Siam. The Burmese are presented as wild, red eyed barbarians and they certainly act in very barbaric ways. The battles are brutal and even my 8 years old daughter felt a little bit uncomfortable - and I am certain that this movie is NOT appropriate to the youngest children, not until they are seven at least.

Other than that, it is not a bad film and certainly very different from most kid movies I ever saw - just be warned that cute and cuddly part ends fast and then the story heads to army training camps and the war...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Entertainment for the Younger Crowd February 7, 2011
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When you stop to consider what a pioneer in puppetry the late Jim Henson was, it should really come as no surprise that his family members and associates have never strayed far from the craft of animation and quality children's entertainment. These days the hot ticket doesn't involve puppets, or for that matter, even drawn animation. Computer generated animation is all the rage (just ask Pixar) and the Jim Henson Group has been responsible for four entries into the genre at present. Three of these fall under the "Unstable Fables" umbrella and the fourth, being reviewed here, is a solitary piece targeted toward younger viewers.

Rest easy if you find yourself wondering why this one failed to wrestle moviegoer proceeds away from the likes of Shrek or Finding Nemo; Blue Elephant was a direct to DVD affair (back in 2008) based on a 2006 Thai-produced film called Khan Kluay. In its native Thailand the film did enjoy theatrical release, not to mention gained status as the highest grossing film that year, and managed to rack up over a dozen prestigious awards in the process.

I am known for, among other things, criticizing the act of taking a foreign animated work, dubbing an English vocal track then pawning it off as a new experience in my critiques and it's not because I suspect the concept can't work. Rather, traditionally, it hasn't worked and those seeking verification of these claims need look no further than to Impy's Island, Dolphin the Story of a Dreamer, The Snurks or Doogal for concrete evidence of just how wrong things can go in the translation process.
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When I bought this movie for my then 8 years old daughter I was attracted mostly by the cute elephants on the box cover and in the beginning the movie was indeed about cute little elephants. But then it turned much darker than any other kid movie I ever seen.

The action of film takes place in Siam (today this country is called Thailand) in XVIII century, when this kingdom was invaded by its Burmese neighbours. More of half of the movie is about the war training of elephants and our blue hero, when fully grown up, goes to fight a bloody war carrying on his back the king of Siam. The Burmese are presented as wild, red eyed barbarians and they certainly act in very barbaric ways. The battles are brutal and even my 8 years old daughter felt a little bit uncomfortable - and I am certain that this movie is NOT appropriate to the youngest children, not until they are seven at least.

Other than that, it is not a bad film and certainly very different from most kid movies I ever saw - just be warned that cute and cuddly part ends fast and then the story heads to army training camps and the war...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 3 year old daughter loves this movie.
Published 29 days ago by Mvela
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for children
My two and a half year old grandson just loves this movie...he can't watch it enough. He hasn't tired of it yet.
Published 3 months ago by Charlotte A.Woodroffe
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kids LOVE it!!!
I had found this movie on Netflix. Then they took it out of rotation. So I had to buy it. It is a great movie that teaches that it is not about how big you are outside, but how... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Youngest Daughters favorite movie
We first encountered this one on Netflix until they took it off. For the longest this was the only thing that would help us calm her when she was upset. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for the Whole Family!
My daughter loves elephants and when we found this on Netflix she watched it every day. Even my daughter and I cried in this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Ibarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an inspiring story!
Loved this old tale. An example of courage and determination in the face of adversity. Good lessons for everyone. Very well told.
Published 3 months ago by FireFlyHI
5.0 out of 5 stars SONS FAVORITE MOVIE
MY SON ABSOLUTELY LOVES ELEPHANTS , THIS IS HIS NEW FAVORITE MOVIE. CHARMING AND CUTE , ACTIVE MOVIE KEEPS CHILDREN INTRIGUED.
Published 5 months ago by TR
5.0 out of 5 stars love,love,love it!!!!!!!!!!
this is my son's favorite movie he watches it all the time and I got it quick and at a great price I will order other movies in the future.
Published 6 months ago by pghfashionesta
5.0 out of 5 stars For my little peanut
My daughter's nickname is "Little Peanut" so this movie was perfect for her elephant theme. My husband loved the movie as well and we bought another copy for his secretary... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly Tooman
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 yr old favorite
My 3 yr.old grandson loves anything with animated elephants. This and Horton are his go- to movies. Has soldiers and some "evil" characters but it's not violent.
Published 6 months ago by GB
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