Rikki Tikki Tavi [VHS]
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Rikki is a mongoose who is rescued by a British family living in India after the rodent nearly dies. They nurse him back to health and in gratitude, he becomes their house mongoose, saving all their lives on more than one occasion.
While most children these days are jaded by violence, be careful about showing this movie to very young children or sensitive children who are prone to nightmares because the snakes are portrayed as pure evil. There is no gore or bloodshed, but the snakes hiss and whisper about death and killing and plot to kill the whole family by sneaking into their house while they are sleeping. I don't remember this bothering me at age eight, but I think some two year olds might need their parents to explain to them that the story is set in a different place and time and that snakes do not hide in their own bathroom!
The animation for this film is lovely. It's simple, but it's a little more elaborate than the Bugs Bunny cartoons Chuck Jones directed and not that flat computer-generated stuff seen so often today. There is a song in the movie, but it's not a musical. The song is still stuck in my head today and it's as good as it is catchy.
Finally, the video is only half an hour long. It's short enough to leave an adult wanting to see more (again, get the White Seal!) but also to keep the children's interest without too much fidgeting. The story is delightful and will stay in your heart for years.
2: The White Seal
3: Mowgli's Brothers
4: Cricket in Times Square
5: Very Merry Cricket
6: Yankee Doodle Cricket
These are all beautifully animated.
The title character is a little mongoose that is adopted by a Victorian English family, living in India (I think). He quickly becomes accustomed to the cushy life his family gives him--but his mongoose instincts come to the forefront when malevolent cobras are found living in the garden.
When he smells cobras, Rikki does a strange little glowing-eye thing and zips around in a blur. Parents with kids that are afraid of snakes should probably watch this first, as the evil cobras could be quite frightening.
And don't let the cover turn you off! This is better than a thousand other cartoons.
I rented it again (after not seeing it for over a decade) when it was re-released and the magic captured me all over again. Kipling's classic is faithfully told with the moving pictures of animation, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose is a determined creature who's only motives are to protect the ones he loves and who cared for him in his time of need, with very little t hought at the cost he could personally pay.. but of course this is a children's movie so it does have a happy ending, but the depth of the story should win over many fans despite its short running time.
It's a very watchable film, kids up to 12 or so will enjoy it plenty, and parents won't be nauseated at it as with a Barney video.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of my childhood favorites. I've long wanted A very Merry Cricket, and Rikki Tikki Tavi.Published 2 days ago by Michele Bowling
I actually got this dvd for the "Cricket in time square" and "A very merry Cricket" that I had on VHS and loved to watch every year and thought it would be lost to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very true to the short story. My students enjoyed it. Animation is, of course, older so the kids thought certain parts were funny.Published 9 days ago by Brit
Classic, timeless stories. Everyone wants a pet Rikki.. Right? Perfect for all ages.Published 1 month ago by Brigitte
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