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Bark George ... and More Doggie Tales

Bark George ... and More Doggie Tales

Spring 2005 DVD
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Length: 53 minutes
DVD Price: $14.95
Review:
The animated version of the tail, er, tale features all the askew humor and eccentric drawings of its creator, the legendary Jules Feiffer. Narrated by the biggest kid alive, John Lithgow, the story scratches out a theme of individuality as George, the young dog of the title, wants to make every animal sound except a bark. The resolution is ridiculously funny and makes the video worth viewing just for that. However, the DVD presents two other canine stories and three bonus tales. There’s the one about Dot, the Fire Dog (by Lisa Desimini), who’s as brave as any human firefighter, and No Roses for Harry!, a rrrowsing adaptation of the sequel to Gene Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog. Of the bonus stories, all have their charms but the live-action ones feel clunky and dated. The little gem, though, is the artful version of Ezra Jack Keats’ “Whistle for Willie” in which a young boy learns to whistle and thereby gains a Dachshund for a friend. The DVD is certainly for dog lovers, particularly those with a sense of wonder and humor.
Gregory Keer   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Gregory Keer is a writer, teacher, and father of three boys. Gregg's web site is www.familymanonline.com

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