Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Boxcar Children {a FlyBy review and giveaway}
I love The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.  Great book, about independent kids who look out for each other, without being obnoxiously anti-adult.  I read it as a kid, and I read it aloud to my kids more than once.

The opportunity to review a new DVD version of The Boxcar Children was met with interest, but a bit of trepidation.  Would they ruin the story?

While this doesn't stay perfectly true to the book, it does stay fairly close and it definitely has the same spirit.  The kids look out for each other, are polite and respectful, and they work hard. 

Okay, so let me give you the publicity blurbs here:
About the Film

Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret - until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

About the Cast

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner's best-selling classic!
My family enjoyed the movie.  Richard, age 10, told me, "I liked that it mostly followed the book, except it explained how the boxcar got there which was really nice.  It left some stuff out, or just hinted at it, but that is understandable because movies cannot cover everything that books do."

One special feature on the DVD was a bit more about the author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, and The Boxcar Children Museum.  That looked like a fun place to visit.

Two thumbs up from everyone in my household!

You can win your own copy!  This is open to those in the US and Canada only.  Only one entrant per mailing address please.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Tess said...

Yes we have read many many of the Boxcar Children books. My developmentally disabled daughter would LOVE this video.

AdenaF said...

I read it with my older children many years ago and want to introduce them to my youngest now. I think it's wonderful they have a DVD now!

edeemarie said...

We love the Boxcar Children...especially the first book! I could see us watching this movie for a Family Movie night with all of the kids.

Carrie said...

We LOVE this book...Had NO idea they made a movie of it! Would love to see it!

Erika said...

We love the Boxcar Children! I enjoyed the books as a child and now read them to my kids.

zekesmom10 said...

I read it with my oldest many years ago. This year, I read the first three to my older littles. They were hoping for a little more train action, but do like the books. :)