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The Marzipan Pig / Jazztime Tale

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Description

THE MARZIPAN PIG
BASED ON THE AWARD-WINNING BOOK BY RUSSELL HOBAN
Narrated by Tim Curry

A marzipan pig falls behind a sofa and is lost. In his loneliness, the pig's feelings of love reach out, in a strange chain of events, to an owl, a mouse, and a hibiscus flower. The pig is eaten by the mouse, but passes love on to other generations of living creatures.

WINNER - Silver Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival

JAZZTIME TALE
Narrated by Ruby Dee

In Harlem in 1919, two girls - one white, one black - form a lifelong friendship through a chance encounter... and the jazztime music of young "Fats" Waller.

WINNER - Blue Ribbon, American Film and Video Festival
WINNER - Gold Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival

Review

One of the finest children's films ever made. --New York Daily News

Superb...wonderful! A gentle lesson about interracial harmony. Top-flight, upbeat entertainment...don't miss this one! --New York Daily News

Charming.....enjoyable for all. --Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Curry, Fats Waller, Russel Hoban
  • Directors: Michael Sporn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017WI5OS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Marzipan Pig / Jazztime Tale" on IMDb

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I came across The Marzipan Pig on cable TV years ago. Unfortunately the visual reception was bad--the picture was all zig-zag and I couldn't see a thing. But the narration was SO lovely that I couldn't change the channel.

I've been longing to see it ever since. Now it is on DVD so I got a copy from Amazon to watch with my 10 year-old nephew and 6 year-old niece. I forewarned them it had a couple sad parts but a good ending. They were both A-OK with the whole thing. We were not disappointed--the animation was as charming as the narrative. My niece was captivated by the dancing mouse. And we all enjoyed the poetry and alliteration of the spoken sentiments.

The Marzipan Pig remains a timeless treat. Highly recommended!
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I saw this on television when I was 5 years old. At the time I found it very peaceful and calming. My thoughts have returned to it here and there in the years since, until I finally went and bought it again. The narrative is gorgeous, as is the animation. The story is of a marzipan pig who falls out of sight and longs to be found; a mouse eventually discovers him but hungrily eats him. However, the spirit of the marzipan pig still influences all those who come into contact with the mouse, spreading love to the most unexpected places.

According to another reviewer, their daughter had nightmares from this. I find that quite amazing, considering how gentle and soothing it is, but all kids are different after all, and the ends of bell curves are far away. If your child is very sensitive and easily upset by the idea of a mouse eating a pig-shaped sweet, don't let them watch this. Otherwise, they will enjoy this absolutely lovely tale. Animation for children is so loud and bombastic these days. It's nice to have something this soft and pleasing to remind us that there is a certain beauty to be found in well-made mildness.
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Came across this short on one of the HBO Family channels by sheer random luck. I've been enamored with the short and narration by Tim Curry ever since. The style of it combined with Tim Curry's voice talent is very enchanting. Highly recommend!
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I highly recommend this family story for your holiday enjoyment. Gather up all the family, watch this hear-warming story, then sit around and discuss the deep meaning hidden in it.
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The DVD story had nothing to do with a pig...I don't know what the story was supposed to be about, but it wasn't a pig. And the narrator didn't know how to pronounce "marzipan". I called and requested credit for the purchase (since it was apparently not worth the expense of returning).
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One of my all time favorites!
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