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War Game

Kate Winslet , Adam Godley , Dave Unwin  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Adam Godley, Philip Rowson, Colin McFarlane, Iain Jones (II)
  • Directors: Dave Unwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4ZSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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WINNER- CHILDREN'S CHOICE- British Animation Awards
1st PRIZE- Cinemagic Festival
BEST TELEVISION SPECIAL- Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
WINNER - BEST ANIMATION- Tokyo Kinder Film Festival

From the co-creator of the Oscar-nominated films THE SNOWMAN and FATHER CHRISTMAS, and the celebrated British children's book author Michael Foreman, comes this powerful and moving story for the whole family. WAR GAME is based on a true event from World War I-- a cease-fire soccer game that took place in the trenches between German and British troops on Christmas Day, 1914.

Michael Foreman tackles the complex theme of war with beautiful animation and a touching narrative from the perspective of three English boys who leave their idyllic country lives to fight in the Great War.

WAR GAME has won almost every major animation award, including Best Television Special at the Annecy Animation Festival, the most important and prestigious event in the industry. It has also been shown at World Cup events and broadcast on Channel Four in Britain. The film features music by one of the world's leading film composers, Julian Nott, as well as the voice of Kate Winslet (TITANIC), among others.


Brilliantly illustrated, hauntingly told... the work of a major children's author at his peak. --Daily Telegraph, London

On several levels, a masterpiece. --Times Educational Supplement, London

Heartbreaking... history springs to life. --Publishers Weekly

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little story October 26, 2004
By Andrea
This film was made in 2001 but never released to the general public until now. Kate Winslet fans will enjoy this, as she is simply brilliant in animated movies - she has such a lovely voice. Get this on DVD if you see it at a good price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Game by Michael Foreman May 29, 2010
I first saw this film by accident on british television and i HAD to have for myself.
I'm into history the American civil war, Irish history and of course The Great War 1914-1918 (the war that was meant to end all wars). When i got this dvd i watched it and i was in tears because this was what happened to these families during this time. young boys wanting to fight for king and country lied about their age some as young as maybe 15 and not coming home. SADLY this is still happening today families torn apart by war and sons,daughters and daddies not returning home.
This FANTASTIC dvd AND book by the same name 'WAR GAME' written by michael foreman trust me is worth the money.
And if like me you love history PLEASE buy. And even if you're not still get this FANTASTIC dvd and book. Just MAYBE you might change your mind.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Desperately disappointing September 9, 2006
War Game is a desperately disappointing animated adaptation of Michael Foreman's excellent children's picture book about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Unfortunately, in the hands of the Snowman team it's all just too nice and safe for the respite to have any power, and the loss of the haunting ending from the book (where the hero's body slowly vanishes under falling snow) in favour of something less upsetting to the kiddies renders it all even more so what: only the beautiful yet quietly devastating closing lines of narration truly work. Terrible performances from many of the voice cast, too. At least at 29 minutes it's brief.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book is better. January 4, 2012
The book is one of the most moving I've ever read, and so when I heard of the animated adaption, I was excited to see it. However, I found it to be extremely flawed in many ways. It wasn't a complete loss, there were a few very lovely scenes that only made the rest of it look worse.

The Bad:

1. The voice acting. With the exception of Kate Winslet, most of the voices were godawfully annoying. There was no subtlety or reality to these voices, they sound about as convincing as your Saturday Morning Cartoons.

2. The animation. With a few exceptions(I'll touch more on this later), the animation was too bright and kiddy for such a subject, and at times the people look unnatural and sort of disconcerting.

3. The unnecessary song. Not only is it annoying, it's still stuck in my head.

The Good:

There are several moments that really work, such as the final attack sequence. Many of the backgrounds are very nicely drawn, and there's a great moment involving a crashed plane that I won't spoil for you. The music (other than the aforementioned song) is very nice, and of course Kate Winslet does the best job she can with what she was given.

I think the biggest problem this movie has is that it tries to do to much. It tries way to hard to be funny, exciting, and moving and the only times it succeeds is when it calms down a bit and goes with something simpler. The book is told in very spare language with simple illustrations, and yet packs a much bigger emotional punch.

It's worth seeing once, but read the book.
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