This is a fantastic family film, highly entertaining and fun for adults and children alike. I'm always looking for new movies I can take the kids to. (You know how kids are these days, so fussy! When I was a kid, going to watch ANY movie was a big deal!..)
Anyway, this happened to be showing at the Hollywood Film Festival while we were on vacation there, so we figured why not? We were not really expecting too much because we hadn't heard of it before.. but wow!! What a pleasant surprise! Our kids (aged 5yrs, 8yrs and 11yrs) LOVED it, and have been giggling and talking about it for days now. Even my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dog "Little Bear" is adorable, Eric Roberts is great as the President of the USA, Tommy Lister shows his sensitive side as "Big Mike" the friendly truck driver, and John Paul Howard is brilliant as Danny the orphan. He looks familiar, but I can't remember what else he was in.
Overall, it was a really refreshing experience. It's a real classic, paced well, exciting, beautifully written with good morals and emotionally rich and wholesome. It almost has an old fashioned feel, without being outdated. The songs are cute too! (I think Dolly Parton wrote and performed most of the songs). The music score is breathtaking, and memorable. When is the soundtrack going to be available??
I'm heading to Walmart to buy a copy of this DVD for our collection as soon as it's available, as I'm sure the kids will watch it many more times.
I don't often give a film 5 stars, but this is perfect. I wish there were more films like this. (Anyone with kids knows what I'm talking about! haha)
Highly recommend. 5 Stars!
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