The Velveteen Rabbit 2009 G

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The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a young boy named Toby who is sent by his busy father to spend the holiday season in the home of his stern grandmother. Toby's world instantly changes when he discovers the house's 'magic attic' where three forgotten toys - including a special stuffed rabbit - unlock a world of imagination that will change all their lives forever.

Starring:
Jane Seymour, Tom Skerritt
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

The Velveteen Rabbit

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Product Details

Genres Kids & Family
Director Michael Landon Jr.
Starring Jane Seymour, Tom Skerritt
Supporting actors Ellen Burstyn, Matthew Harbour, Kevin Jubinville, Michael Sinelnikoff, Una Kay, Michael Perron, Walter Massey, Renee Madeline Le Guerrier, Jane Gilchrist, Frances Brady-Stewart, Jesse Camacho, Steven Crowder, James Harbour, Harrison Kreisberg, Claude-Henri Breton, Jordan Drisdelle, Andrea Sadler, Max Whitaker
Studio Starz
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

My kids love this movie.
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In the end you almost want to cry as a valuable lesson is learned... true love is to lay down your life for your brother/friend.
C.N.
By the end, just like the original book, it challenged me and the way I see things.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2009
Format: DVD
"The Velveteen Rabbit", Margery William's 1922 story, is a classic in the annals of children's literature. I loved it as a child, and continue to adore it as a grown woman, and have since shared it with my own preschooler. Thus, when I saw this new release, I could not wait to watch it with my daughter.

Young Toby [Matthew Harbour] is sent to stay with his strict grandmother Ellen [Una Kay] when his serious father, John goes off on business to New York. Feeling abandoned and lonely, Toby explores the house and comes across the "Magic Room", which is filled with his father's old toys, including a rabbit stuffed toy. As Toby's imagination is given free rein, Rabbit comes 'alive' in a lively world of animation, and Toby together with rabbit and the other toys in the magic room run free and play in a lively dream world. The animals, i.e. Horse [Tom Skerritt], Swan [Ellen Burstyn], and Rabbit [Chandler Wakefiled] all dream of becoming real animals, and as we all know from "The Velveteen Rabbit", that can only be achieved by true love. Grandma Ellen and Toby soon bond, but his father John is still distant, and it takes a near tragedy to set things right.

A mixture of animated sequences and live-action, this movie appealed to my family. Though the original story has been adapted here, I felt that the adaptation doesn't stray too far from the original message of love overcoming all obstacles.Purists may not appreciate this adaptation, but those seeking family-friendly entertainment will love it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie is absolutely wonderful, just like the book. It is a powerful story which is timeless and very true to life. The first time I read this story as an adult, I was moved to tears; the same is true with this movie. (I guess it was put out on the shelf early, judging from the release date, because I found this movie at Target the other day for $9.99.) The movie is well done in every way, from the acting to the music to the scenery. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. It is worth the price. Buy it; watch it; share it! And my thanks to Nick, Philip, Michael, Chris and Hunter - who made me Real! :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Green on February 17, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie has the same basic message as the book: Love makes you real. But it is not meant to be a perfectly faithful adaptation; rather, the book is a springboard for the fanciful journey the movie takes. The movie's credits state that it is "inspired by" Margery Williams' story.

Michael Landon did a great job of retaining the heart of the book while telling a very enjoyable story that stands on its own right. It is wonderful to see how love opens up the characters over the course of the movie and changes them for the better. Definitely a tearjerker (for adults anyway). The story borrows themes from several classic children's tales, such as The Secret Garden and Pollyanna, and weaves them together with the moral of the Velveteen Rabbit to create an inspiring, heartwarming tale.

I still would love to see a faithful live action or animated adaptation of the Velveteen Rabbit. I found the Meryl Streep narrated version to be slow and boring -- why sit there and watch that when I could just go read the book? But this movie does bring the same feelings and thoughts to me as reading the book does, even with the changes made to the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blackaciddevil on March 20, 2009
Format: DVD
While there have been many versions of this tale told before, this movie would have to be the definitive version, in my opinion. Based upon Margery Williams's 1922 novel, "The Velveteen Rabbit"; it is a story that children and adults alike agree that truly moves the soul.

While his father is off to conduct business, Toby is left in the care of his grandmother. It's clear from the get-go that she is very intolerable of children. Forced to entertain himself there, he comes across Rabbit. Rabbit is a stuffed toy who comes alive in Toby's imagination. Toby also meets Swan and Horse who also comes alive in his imagination. All three toys hope to be made into real animals by the power of love. Soon, Toby's grandmother comes around and realizes how she has been with Toby. Yet, Toby comes down with scarlet fever. This threatens the safety of the toys so they urge him to reach out to his father before it is too late. It is a reimagining that tells of the power of affection.

I tell you, I've never been so moved by a children's movie as I have with this one. I was moved to tears by movie's end, I have to admit. Michael Landon Jr. truly outdoes himself directing this feature, which features a mix of live-action, CGI, and 2-D. Alternating between reality and Toby's mind. While I've seen other movies directed by Landon Jr., this-by far- has to be his best work. I'd love to see him direct other children's stories like this.

The Velveteen Rabbit features the voices of Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour, Emmy Award winner Tom Skerritt, and Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn. Chandler Wakefield provides the voice of Rabbit.

I highly recommend this movie to all. It is a very heartbreaking but uplifting story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Handy Lady on December 22, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie came as a bit of a surprise--I read the book "The Velveteen Rabbit" with my classes (K-5) and then watched this movie, which is very different from the book! However, the movie is very good. The kindergarteners got a little squirmy when the adults in the movie had conversations and "Rabbit" wasn't around, but the older children were enthralled. It can be enjoyed on many different levels.

The differences and similarities between the movie and the book gave us a lot to talk about. The older kids were able to see how the movie expanded on the ideas in the book, and everyone could see how the filmakers switched between real actors and animation to depict Toby's real world and his imaginary world.
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