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The White Seal/A Cricket in Times Square (2005)

Mel Blanc , Les Tremayne , Chuck Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Blanc, Les Tremayne, June Foray, Kerry MacLane, Roddy McDowall
  • Directors: Chuck Jones
  • Writers: Chuck Jones, George Selden, Rudyard Kipling
  • Producers: Chuck Jones, John Allen, Joseph Aidlin, Oscar Dufau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FO9HY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The White Seal/A Cricket in Times Square" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A Whimsical Adventure With A Valuable Lesson About Growing Up.Take The Plunge Into The Pristine Blue Waters Of Nova Scotiaand Catch Up With The Most Adorable White Seal, Kotec, As Helearns The Mysteries Of The Deep, How To Follow Flounder,Escape Sharks And Make Friends With Whales.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 4 year old loves it! April 25, 2006
By K.
I am amazed that with all the new and glossy DVDs we own, that The White Seal is such a huge hit with my 4 year old daughter. She's never asked to watch the new computer animated Care Bears movie or the colorful My Little Pony movie over and over like this one. She loves the white seal and is interested in the story. I originally bought this, Mowgli's Brothers, and Rikki Tikki Tavi because Rikki was a HUGE favorite with my 1st grade class decades ago when I was little. So when my daughter, wanting something new, went through my DVD collection and asked to watch these stories, I was curious how they'd hold up next to all the new kid stuff. But it is facinating how classics never die and will be forever loved by children no matter how out of date they look. This is definitely old style animation and not shiny and glossy like some of the Disney clean ups, but it is is clear enough and a joy to watch-- great story and narration. No sarcasm or crazy weird animated segments-- just a good straight forward story.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kotick is a Winner!! December 21, 2005
Of the three half-hour Jungle Book adaptations that Chuck Jones did in the 1980s, this is undoubtedly the best, the story of Kotick, the white seal who learns about the world, including man's hunting of his brethren, and searches for a place where the seals can live unmolested. This has Jones' signature style about it, but is immensely true to the Kipling story, which is narrated by Roddy McDowall, and a highlight of the production is Dean Elliot's beautiful score, adapted from Beethoven's Sixth Symphony.

Along with Kotick's story, included on this disk is Jones' The Cricket in Times Square, a faithful adaptation of the George Selden children's novel that has not been out of print since its original publication. It's the charming story of Chester, a country cricket who finds a new home in the Times Square subway station in NYC and who discovers he can play any musical piece he hears once. Violinist Israel Baker provides Chester's unique "voice."

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie The Whole Family Can Enjoy August 18, 2005
Chuck Jones brings to life to classic tales that are sure to be loved by the entire family. The stories incorporate exciting elements that both engage children and entertain adults much like its Looney Tunes roots while also focusing on more substansive themes that will teach and develop young minds. Traditionally animated in the classic style that was pioneered by Jones, the vibrant colors and sheer beauty capture the true spirit of his animation genius. If you are a lover of children, animals, animation, or just classic tales then this is the DVD for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Some of the best of the '70's animation that made it to TV....Do you have a favorite? Todays child has Xbox and Wii. Sad!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME April 12, 2009
I watched this movie all the time as a child, and now I watch it with my children!! Thank you so much, the DVD is great and the shipping was very quick, especially to over here in Hawaii!! Thank you so much!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodie!! August 24, 2009
This is one of those movies that used to come on t.v. that my mom would make sure I would watch it as a kid. I enjoyed it back then & I must say I really love it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Childhood August 2, 2008
It's been a long time since I've viewed any of the Chuck Jones' cartoons. When I bought this product, I was looking more towards the Cricket in Times Square story since it was the one I remember from childhood. After I viewed both cartoons, I fell in love with Jones' animation style all over again. It's not often you can look to cartoonists nowadays and recognize their styles, but Jones had a talent for it. His storytelling is beautiful and age-appropriate, and the animation is gorgeous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of my 5 year old! January 19, 2009
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The White Seal is one of my 5 yard old daughters favorite movies. Every time we would go to the library she always had to chek out this old worn VHS. She didn't care that it had lines going through it and that the sound was crackly. When we moved I found the DVD on Amazon so I HAD to buy it since we would no longer be visiting that library. It is still one of her favorites and no matter how long time passes in between She always comes back to this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book
Wonderful book for children! My grandchildren enjoy reading it immensely!
Published 4 days ago by Helen M McMenamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
It's great to be able to reminisce over these cartoons. Good old-fashioned clean viewing to be had by the whole family
Published 5 months ago by Blatantly told...
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
Like Rikki Tikki Tavi, I had this on VHS for my own children. When I saw it on Amazon in DVD format I just had to get it for my grandchildren. They love it.
Published 8 months ago by B. L. of Kentucky
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic from my childhood years
the White seal a classic from my childhood that they occasionally played throughout my early public school and a delight to two children of any age. Read more
Published 10 months ago by creators ID
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Cant believe they had this movie, I watched this back when I was a kid. Missed it so much had to own it. My little boy loves it now. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ronnie
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
I purchased this DVD to play for my students after reading the book A Cricket in Times Square. The DVD was damaged and I was never able to play it for my class.
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars white seal/cricket in times square
I love the book cricket in times square and got the movie to go with it. The movie is very different than the book. Our favorite parts - Sai Fong is not in the movie at all. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mj
5.0 out of 5 stars White Seal/Cricket CD was received quickly and in good condition.
For younger children, the Cricket in Times Square is one of my favorites. I have not watched the White Seal yet.
Published 18 months ago by Susan Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cartoon
Thank you! My students loved it! Different than the book but they really liked watching the movie! I even remember this from being a kid
Published 21 months ago by Allison M Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten all about this movie!!
I loved Rikki Tikki Tavi , but this one was another fav of mine! A classic for the whole family!!
Published 22 months ago by Heather Rice
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