Room on the Broom
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**ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2014!** *Parents' Choice Award: Gold Winner 2013* *National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA): Honors 2013* From the creators of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child comes Room on the Broom, a beautifully animated film based on the best-selling children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the gang saves the witch from a fearsome dragon she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone! Room on the Broom is a magical tale of friendship and family directed by Max Lang & Jan Lachauer with the voices of Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Simon Pegg, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall and David Williams.
I need to start out by saying, that Room on the Broom (available August 6th!) is not a Halloween movie. The movie is based on a marvelous Julia Donaldson book and is a great read for any time of year. But, seeing a witch on a broomstick reminds me of Halloween. I can't help it. And that reminds me of fall -- my favorite time of year. But alas, we're still in the middle of summer so I better enjoy that while it lasts. Room on the Broom comes from the same people who brought us the fantastic Gruffalo DVDs (also based on Julia Donaldson books). If you have a young child and haven't seen these movies, you and your kids are missing out. I don't say that lightly and not very often, but these movies are just that great. They are high quality and meaningfully done. Not only that, but your kids will be absolutely captivated by them. As a bonus, they are educational because you can read the books with your kids and then compare and contrast the stories and talk more about the characters and little literary or visual devices such as rhyming, description, and interesting background visuals in the movies. --Carey Bryson, About.comSee all Editorial Reviews
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The runtime of 30 minutes is just right for the toddler/preschool set. My 2.5 year old was engrossed the whole time, but ready to do something else by the end.
Anyways! When I found out there was a movie, we had to get it. The adaptation is superb. They stick to the text of the book 100% - I think there is a Brittish english and American english version of this film. Excerpts from the Brittish version can be found on YouTube. The copy we purchased from Amazon was the American english version. The differences are subtle - for instance her hair is worn in a "plait" (Brit) or a "braid" (Amer)...
The film is charming and they added so much character to each of the animals with expressions and body language. I was very impressed. The animation is beautiful and not spazzy/flashy like some children's shows. 30 minutes is a perfect amount of time for a young child's attention span too.
Warning: My son found the dragon in the film to be much scarier than the dragon in the book. If you are watching this with toddlers or young children, it may be a little scary for them. I had to reassure my son the first few times, but now he loves the movie from beginning to end.