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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Fall 2013 DVD
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $9.99

NCircle Entertainment presents Room on the Broom, a feature-length story based on the award-winning work of children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. British actor Simon Pegg narrates this sweet tale about friendship and what defines a family. The broom in question belongs to a kind-hearted and whimsical witch. She rides the sky along with her cat. Much to the cat’s chagrin, the witch decides one day to permit an eager collection of animals to join them on the broomstick. When the broom breaks and a mishap puts the witch in the path of a nasty dragon, teamwork is the only thing that can save her. The cat is suddenly very happy to have the other animals on hand to help him.

DVD extras include a live performance of Julia Donaldson acting out portions of Room on the Broom for a group of children during a library tour. In another charming extra of interest to young people and adults alike, Donaldson and filmmakers describes the creative process for coming up with the witch character and the Room on the Broom storyline. And, in a third DVD extra, stills from the Room on the Broom children’s book play to music in an art gallery feature.

This film is recommended for children aged 2 to 10, but a few of the dragon sequences may be too dark for very, very young children. Everything else is perfectly suited to little viewers, who will appreciate the witch’s kindness and get a kick out of the long-suffering cat’s expressions as one animal after the other crowds him on his beloved broomstick.

From the first frame of the film to the last of the bonus features, everything about Room on the Broom adds up to a magical and satisfying flight.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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