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Wayside - The Movie (2005)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on the hilarious Wayside novels for children by Louis Sachar, Wayside: The Movie is an animated distillation of the first wacky book in the series, with a few extra ideas thrown in. Set at the architecturally unsound Wayside school--which is 30 stories tall with a zig-zag structure and only one classroom per floor--the story begins with the arrival of a new boy, Todd, who seems only to get in trouble when trying to understand the oddball culture of the place. Sent to a science class at the very top of the building, Todd encounters a teacher who throws his desk out the window and then punishes him for wondering why. The principal seems to be in love with his public-address system (which has the unfortunate effect of making the walls close in whenever he uses it), the friendly janitor needs a blueprint of the school to find crucial shut-off mechanisms, and there's an extremely low-ceilinged classroom where kids hurt their arms whenever raising their hands. In the midst of this madness, Todd makes some friends and draws the affectionate attention of a girl, but ultimately faces a test of his bravery and ingenuity when he has to save his science class from getting squashed. Really, one has to be there to understand. This is a delightful, short feature (49 minutes) that will appeal both to kids who have read the books and to those who haven't. --Tom Keogh

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Based on Louis Sachar's book, this movie is about a new student who attends Wayside School, where everything is wacky.

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining as a cartoon, but kind of dumb January 4, 2009
My kids and I absolutely love the Wayside School books for their highly entertaining stories and for the joyfully clever ways they play with language and storytelling. Unfortunately, very little of that comes through to the movie. Sure, the movie fits in LOTS of elements from the books, but many of them are introduced inexplicably and have little role in the story. What's missing is the zany logic that makes the books so charming. If you know the books, you may enjoy the references, but the movie itself ends up being pretty standard cartoon slapstick. My five-year-old still enjoys watching it, but I was disappointed that the special intelligence and heart of Wayside School has mostly been lost.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayside School November 22, 2007
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This is a great DVD for children. The books are wonderful but the DVD is just as good. This DVD may inspire children to read the books too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie! June 20, 2013
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My first grade class loved seeing the characters come to life after reading a few chapters a day of all 3 Louis Sacher books!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This sucks!! December 17, 2011
A Kid's Review
I am a 9-year old kid, and I have read every single book of the Wayside School series. Everyone in my class was talking about the movie, so I wanted to see it. I got the movie and watched it. Guess what? The movie is a disgrace to Wayside School. I don't think Louis Sachar should have allowed this movie to be made. The movie had no stories that the book did, and nobody was how they were described in the book. There was hardly any humor, and it sucked. It was very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful March 11, 2014
By cathy59
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great for ages k-5 grades children love it and don't get tired of it ! I play it all the time .Even 3and 4 year old enjoy this! the books are great too
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