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The Last Polar Bears [VHS]

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony
  • VHS Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0738921769
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In the winter of his life, Grandfather embarks on a somewhat mystical journey to the fabled Great Bear Ridge to search for a polar bear refuge to ease his old heart. Seems he has always disliked seeing polar bears in captivity, but forever believed himself too young or too old to do anything about it--until now. Based on the children's story by Harry Horse, this animated version of The Last Polar Bears captivates from the moment "Dear Child" appears over the opening scene in which the smiling Grandfather and his canine compatriot Roo sail to the Arctic aboard their rather weathered boat. Gentle music accompanies the equally supple voice of Nigel Hawthorne (Oscar nominee from The Madness of King George) who, as Grandfather, tells this story through narrated letters to his grandchild. It's a tough journey--lasting well beyond the "32nd of October"--but one touched by many moments of joy and humor. Crisp, detailed characters (mostly animals) are set against dreamy watercolor backgrounds. The emotion and wonder of the 30-minute film's beautiful ending will surely touch young (starting at age 4) and young-at-heart-viewers in a lasting way. --Liane Thomas

From the Back Cover

Join us in this whimsical animated tale of a sea-going Grandfather who writes letters to his grandchild - and his comical, heart-warming quest in search of The Last Polar Bears. Accompanied by his faithful companion, Roo the Dog, Grandfather sets out on a voyage to the distant North Pole to achieve his life-long dream, to see Polar Bear families frolicking among the icebergs! Along the way, he regularly writes home about his encounters with a delightfully offbeat assortment of penguin, rabbit, walrus and more. Will Grandfather and Roo ever reach the fabled Great Bear Ridge and its plentitude of playful Polar Bears?

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By A Customer on November 23, 2002
My 3 yr old son just loves the magic in this video. It's a quick moving story with lots of emotion. The story is told by the Grandfather's little sidekick, Roo, who is motivated, towards completing their journey to see the last polar bears, by clouds full of pink ice cream.
The story holds lots of little messages about taking care of the environment, being kind to animals, loyalty and friendship and committment.
The artwork is beautifully done.
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This short but charming video chronicles an old man's trip to the north pole with his dog, as narrated from the letters he writes his grandchild. The story is enjoyable, the animals are all either adorable or hilarious, the design is charming, and the main character very likeable. Far better than much of what's out there!
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