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Rikki Tikki Tavi/Yankee Doodle Cricket (1975)

Les Tremayne , Mel Blanc , Chuck Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Les Tremayne, Mel Blanc, June Foray
  • Directors: Chuck Jones
  • Writers: Chuck Jones, George Selden
  • Producers: Chuck Jones, John Allen, Joseph Aidlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FO9G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rikki Tikki Tavi/Yankee Doodle Cricket" on IMDb

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The Original 1976 Animated Feature Rikki Tikki Tavi Along Witha Bonus Cartoon Of Yankee Doodle Cricket On The Same Disc!

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
This was one of my favorite stories when I was a kid. I had always heard of the existence of this film, and was never able to see it until the release of this DVD. Judging from those of Jones' kid-lit adaptations I had seen (the wonderfully witty "Dot and The Line" of 1965; the glorious "Grinch" of 1966; "Horton Hears A Who" [1970]; and the lovely "Cricket In Times Square" of 1976) I was expecting great things, and was largely satisfied. The music and the writing ("oh Rikki-Tikki,

you ARE brave and beautiful!") tend to be a tad cloying. But these are minor cavils: the tone is, by and large, splendidly consistent. A good deal of the Kipling text is used, and Orson Welles reads it with terrific brio. The voice characterizations,

particularly those of June Foray, are as note-perfect as one could wish. The 4:3 transfer is decent, the mono sound perfectly adequate. The color is not as brilliant as it might be, but I suspect the source material and transfer are not to blame for this. It must be said, finally, that the production staff Jones had at his studio in 1975 were not as capable

of sustained flights of visual fancy as the staff Jones had at MGM only ten years earlier. Many of those artists were veterans

of the great Warner Bros. period, and were thus linked to a great tradition. The visual scheme in the "Rikki Tikki" film is pleasant enough, but one misses, for example, the almost manic inspiration of Gerry Chiniquy or Maurice Noble. In short: this is a terrific film by anyone else's standards, but alongside Jones' best work it must be judged a mixed bag. Still, it contains some of the finest character and action animation in any Jones film, and no animation afficionado should miss it for this reason, as well as the pleasure of seeing a great story told very well indeed.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT"S ABOUT TIME November 20, 2004
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Short and simple review- great movie for the family back in the time when the WHOLE family could watch a family movie. I've been waiting for this to be on DVD for ever!!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kipling's Mongoose Comes to DVD December 21, 2005
My CBS-recorded copy was full of drop-outs, so I was delighted to find out this great Chuck Jones adaptation of the Kipling Jungle Book tale was finally on DVD. Although the story is animated in the usual Jones style, it has been done more in an effort to look like book illustrations. Although the mongoose is cute--much more adorable than the real thing--parents should be warned that all these Jungle Book stories have been taken word-for-word from the actual book and not from the cutesy-poo Disney flick, so the cold-and-sinister cobras and other snakes hissing about death may be frightening for very young children.

Included on this DVD is the third story in Jones' Chester Cricket cycle, Yankee Doodle Cricket. I had not seen this cartoon before and was quite disappointed by it, especially after reading a review saying it was the funniest of the three. It has none of the charm and humor of the original Cricket in Times Square or the delightful silliness and holiday spirit of A Very Merry Cricket. Your mileage may vary!

This DVD is practically perfect. There are some dust specks and flecks visible; however the colors and lines are bright and clean and the sound is good. The only downside to this DVD is the interminable previews that you are automatically subjected to. Hint: pressing the menu button on your DVD remote won't help, but once the previews start, you CAN skip through them by pressing the chapter button until you get to the actual menu.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY September 6, 2005
I used to love telling people about this story that I barely remember watching as a little girl. Nobody ever knew what I was talking about, I loved it. I am soooo thrilled that it is now on DVD and I can finally show my son and family what the heck I was talking about. This movie and "The Rescuers" were and are my all time favorite. Great movie for families about bravery and loyalty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rikki Tikki Tavi March 9, 2005
I grew up with this animated feature only appearing on TV once a year. Every spring we would wait in eagerness for this show to be announced. This movie, believe it or not, is incredibly true to the original story. Most times verbatim (word for word).

This is a movie where Good and Evil are clearly marked. An excellent film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just As I Remembered March 25, 2006
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a an old childhood classic that I hadn't seen in many years. Upon purchasing and watching this DVD, I discovered that it still hadn't lost its touch.

Rikki tells the tale of a mongoose, Rikki, who was found by an English family living in India. Rikki defends the family on numerous occasions from some very dangerous snakes. The film is only 25 minutes long, but it's a perfect length for children. The characters are loveable, and the story is superb.

Yankee Doodle Cricket tells the story of young America, and the the fight for independance. This film takes a fun approach to education by blending a good story with some nice historical facts. This film is bound to have young kids singing yankee doodle quite a bit.

The only reason I didn't give this a five was that I felt some more of Chuck Jones could have been included since the DVD only has around 50 minutes worth of material. However, for six dollars, I can't complain too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brings back great memories
Just like I remembered, watching this when I was a kid. And my children love it as well.
Published 18 days ago by ZoZo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by R. E. Kellogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all time classic from my childhood
Great all time classic from my childhood. Now able to share with my kids. Great price and a rare find
Published 1 month ago by Mike E.
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This was one of my children's favorite movies.. It came as described and was timely. They have watched it over and over
Published 3 months ago by Kathy Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars lovavable
Gratest movie ever. I watched it with my kids when they were young and they really loved it and so did i and now my grand kids will enjoy it as well
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Loveable
5.0 out of 5 stars great Movie
i recommend that every parent buys a copy for their child or sibling my kids loved it.. and when i was a kid i loved it also.. great Buy..!!!
Published 5 months ago by c dub u
5.0 out of 5 stars I sent this video to my granddaughter.
I've always loved these stories and when I saw them on a DVD I sent it to my 4 year old granddaughter.
Published 5 months ago by Susan M. Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic kids and adults alike will love!
I taught elementary school for several years. This story, written by the same author as "The Jungle Book", was always a favorite of my students. Read more
Published 6 months ago by go4pink
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite show as a kid
I loved this show when I was little and now my kids get to watch it and love it with me.
Published 6 months ago by micheal burger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic goodness
I had this on VHS for my kids years ago. I ordered this DVD for my grands and was so pleased to see them enjoy it as much as my own kids did.
Published 6 months ago by B. L. of Kentucky
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