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Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare
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Fast forward to 2008, and along comes this straight to DVD movie by Jim "Who's Yo Muppet?" Henson. A part of the "Unstable Fable" series, this sequel to the fable stars the vocal talents of Jay Leno, Danny Glover, Vivica Fox, Drake Bell and Keke Palmer and takes place 15 years after the main event.
Walter Tortoise (Glover), his wife Dotty (Fox) and daughter Crystal (Palmer) now live in fancy digs in the burbs next door to Murray Hare (Leno), his wife and son Butch (Bell). The big race is a constant discussion point, and the feuding critters decide to drag their unwilling offspring into a grudge rematch in the form of an "Amazing Race" type of competition. You can pretty much work out how things are going to end up, but then there's an unexpected twist to shake (or maybe stir) things up a little.
It's okay as far as straight-to-DVD animation goes, and some cliff-hangers will have you paying rapt attention, but in general it's pretty formulaic and not so unstable after all. You get the feeling that they started with a concept the size of a 30 minute Muppet Show episode, and then added padding (and dancing and pratfalls) to pump it up to its present 76 minutes.
Totally suitable for general audience viewing but nothing earth-shattering, you may want to rent this first, and buy it only if your kids like it.
Hare and Tortoise in the snow
Aesop spins from down below
Amanda Richards, September 20, 2008
I'll admit, I was expecting this movie to be pure kid's fare..since it is a fractured fairy tale, after all. Yet, I was quite surprised that this movie appealed as much to me as it would a child. Sure, it may not be quite dead-on in it's amusement like Shrek, Happily N'ever After or Toy Story but it has alot of potential. With each 'Unstable Fable' I see, they get better and better in their delivery. As far as the animation is concerned, these guys are pros..it looks just as good as the aforementioned movies and films like Ice Age or even better.
With vocal talent by Danny Glover, Vivica A. Fox, Jay Leno, Keke Palmer & Drake Bell; this is a film the whole family will love. I know mine did. Special Features include: a preview of the next Unstable Fables release, How to draw the characters from the movie with Howard Baker, The Making of Tortoise vs. Hare, it's trailer as well as trailers of other favorites by the Weinstein Group-The Henson Company & Genius Products.
It's a tale filled with laughs and well-crafted lessons about the dangers of trying to win at any cost. Parents and children alike will love it!
I have since ordered other used movies with the same results.
That said, Tortoise Versus Hare is by far the strongest offering of the trio while breaking the tradition of using contemporary fairy tales as the source material in favor of reaching way back to Aesop's timeless fable "The Tortoise and the Hare".
The story is set 15 years after Walter Tortoise's (Danny Glover) surprising victory in the famous foot race against Murray Hare (Jay Leno). While time has apparently moved on, both parties find themselves obsessing over the events leading up to the overconfident Murray having taken a nap just before the finish line, which, as its told, allowed Walter to slowly cross the finish line first.
The victorious tortoise has, ever since, adopted the adage "slow and steady wins the race" in just about any situation conceivable, while the unsuccessful hare goes into bad-memory induced convulsions each time he encounters the phrase.
Past their prime and aware of it, both Walter and Murray believe the way to relive the legendary showdown vicariously through their children. A team race is setup to appease the fathers while the uninterested kids agree to participate despite their lack of enthusiasm.
Not unlike the formula witnessed in Sony's Surf's Up, T Vs H frames its story around the sports documentary format (but does so far less eloquently) that allows for the integration of many pop culture references and puns of varying degrees of success.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not near as funny as the other Unstable Fables, but it was worth the $5 paid!Published 3 months ago by Laura E. McKeon
Great dvd. Everything worked correctly. Love the Jim Henson dvds. Story was good but liked the 3 little pigs better. DanielPublished 16 months ago by Mr Daniel Nicholas Barr
the wife bought this and thought it was cute and a bit funny
my child loves it also. thumbs up