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The Secret Of NIMH 2 - Timmy To The Rescue [VHS]

The Secret Of NIMH 2 - Timmy To The Rescue [VHS] Lowest new price: $6.99
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Join a mighty little mouse as he discovers he has the strength to face his foesand end up the Big Cheesein this rousing musical adventure your family will treasure. Featuring the voices of Ralph Macchio, Dom De Luise and Harvey Korman, this charming adventure is a wonderfully heroic tale thatwill make your family want to stand up and cheer! Welcome to beautiful Thorn Valley, wherethe mice-folk have everything they could possibly need...except a hero. that's why they call upon Timmy Brisby, the youngest son of Jonathan Brisby who once saved them from an evil place called NIMH.There's only one problemTimmy's a novice, so it's necessary for him to go through hero training 101, but before he even has a chance to graduate, Timmy must put his new skills to the test. Taking on NIMH is a big job for a little guy, but Timmy is up to the challenge and before he's through, he's going to prove that no matter one's size, anyone can be a hero.

A huge letdown after the grandeur of Don Bluth's 1982 adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's book (this was the first feature Bluth made after leaving Disney to protest the studio's allegedly lowered animation standards), this straight-to-video sequel offers far poorer art and thinner characterizations. The story finds Timmy (voiced by Ralph Macchio), son of the Jonathan Brisby character from The Secret of NIMH, leaving the family farm and heading to Thorn Valley, where the rats of NIMH live. There, Timmy seeks a path in his father's footprints to become a hero and meets a girl mouse who tells him her parents are among some NIMH mice wrongly presumed dead for years. A rescue ensues, of course, in which Timmy and the refugee rats risk getting caught themselves. The film is about an hour in length, and genuine entertainment is at a premium in this production, making it even harder to ignore point-by-point comparisons between NIMH 2 and its predecessor--especially when those comparisons, time and again, find the sequel wanting. The very best element here is the vocal and singing performance by Eric Idle as the villain, Martin, who resorts to electric shock to "improve" his intelligence and whose song, "Just Say Yes," is a real highlight. --Tom Keogh

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Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases [VHS]

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases [VHS] Lowest used price: $19.48
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The fast and furr-ious Tom and Jerry are at it again. They cause fireworks in Yankee Doodle Mouse, hit the beach in Salt Water Tabby, tear up the links in Tee For Two and crack the ice in Mice Follies. Tom plays piano in The Cat Concerto, plucks strings in Solid Serenade, and lends vocals to Zoot Cat, while Jerry duets in Johann Mouse. Jerry transforms in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse, and becomes a Mouse in Manhattan. Meet their new friends in Jerry and the Lion, The Little Orphan, Kitty Foiled, and learn cat-trapping secrets from Jerry's Diary.

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10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends - Best Friends [VHS]

10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends - Best Friends [VHS] Lowest new price: $9.99
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Despite the decline of train travel, that mode of transportation has fascinated both children and adults alike. The popular PBS series Thomas the Tank Engine thoroughly enraptures its young audience. The delightful 10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends focuses on Thomas and his pals James, Percy, Old Iron, Bertis, Annie and Clarabelle, Terence, and more. The segments featured here ("Thomas & Bertie's Great Race," "Old Iron," "The Trouble with Mud," "Terence the Tractor," "Percy's Ghostly Trick," "Mavis," "Henry The Elephant," "Percy's Promise," "James Goes Buzz Buzz," "All at Sea") not only are colorful and fun, but offer subtle messages of loyalty, friendship, affection, and safety. Each of the mini-episodes is interspersed with commentary from actual Thomas fans, set at a vintage train-station event at which Thomas is at the top of the tracks. Entertaining and compelling for the youngest viewers as well as their parents. --N.F. Mendoza

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Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie [VHS]

Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie [VHS] Lowest new price: $16.90
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Brand: Nickelodeon

Blue bounds into her first feature-length film ready to sing.

Blue bounds into her first feature-length film ready to sing. She gets sidetracked along the way, of course, but that's part of the brilliant Blue's Clues formula. Each half-hour TV show presents engaging, easy-to-grasp mini-mysteries that are within toddlers' reach. This time Blue; her huge-eyed, slightly loopy human companion, Steve; and their cadre of talking-object friends are scurrying around, preparing for a backyard music show that day. Everybody picks a number to perform; Blue's is a duet with Tickety Tock, but the clock contracts laryngitis. Who will be Blue's new partner? A game of Blue's Clues reveals the hardly reluctant replacement. The standard discovery of three clues followed by the usual wind-down song would add up to a colossal disappointment in a feature film, so substantial rounding-out is provided. Steve stumbles onto a keyboard inhabited by a note called G-Clef (the unmistakable voice of Ray Charles), who gives a tour of how to make a song. First you pick the notes, then you work on rhythm, then comes tempo, and, last but not least, "you've got to give it soul." This movie's themes include perseverance (Tickety Tock can't sing but finds a way to contribute anyway) and self-empowerment. Blue's Big Musical Movie is a feast for little eyes and ears; the sets are so colorful they hurt grown-up eyes, and the songs--especially the one that gets the Charles treatment--are all sing-along-with-me winners. --Tammy La Gorce

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Toy Story 2 [VHS]

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Brand: Disney

A landmark in filmmaking with cutting-edge animation and the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, TOY STORY introduced Woody the Cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, a space age action figure. Along with a supporting cast of funny friends, TOY STORY will entertain the entire family with action, adventure, and sidesplitting laughs. Joining the original voice cast in TOY STORY 2 is a roundup of unforgettable new characters including Jessie the Cowgirl and Stinky Pete the prospector! Winner of the Golden Globe(R) award for Best Picture, this box office smash is full of laugh-out-loud humor, wonderful music, and eye-popping animation!

John Lasseter and his gang of high-tech creators at Pixar create another entertainment for the ages. Like the few great movie sequels, Toy Story 2 comments on why the first one was so wonderful while finding a fresh angle worthy of a new film. The craze of toy collecting becomes the focus here, as we find out Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is not only a beloved toy to Andy but also a rare doll from a popular '60s children's show. When a greedy collector takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) launches a rescue mission with Andy's other toys. To say more would be a crime because this is one of the most creative and smile-inducing films since, well, the first Toy Story.

Although the toys look the same as in the 1994 feature, Pixar shows how much technology has advanced: the human characters look more human, backgrounds are superior, and two action sequences that book-end the film are dazzling. And it's a hoot for kids and adults. The film is packed with spoofs, easily accessible in-jokes, and inspired voice casting (with newcomer Joan Cusack especially a delight as Cowgirl Jessie). But as the Pixar canon of films illustrates, the filmmakers are storytellers first. Woody's heart-tugging predicament can easily be translated into the eternal debate of living a good life versus living forever. Toy Story 2 also achieved something in the U.S. two other outstanding 1999 animated features (The Iron Giant, Princess Mononoke) could not: it became a huge box-office hit. --Doug Thomas

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Cinderella (Walt Disney's Masterpiece) [VHS]

Cinderella (Walt Disney's Masterpiece) [VHS] Lowest new price: $1.99
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Brand: The Walt Disney Company.

This version of CINDERELLA is the original Walt Disney animated classic based on Charles Perrault's 17th-century fable about a poor stepdaughter transformed into a vision of beauty and sent to the royal ball by her Fairy Godmother to meet her Prince Charming and live happily ever after. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Recording, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, Best Song ("Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo"). Product Details Number of Tapes: 1 Rating: G (MPAA) Film Country: USA Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound UPC: 786936526530 Format: VHS Sub-Genre: Animated Release Date: 10/03/1995 Director: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi Rating: G

Disney's adaptation of the beloved fairy tale became a classic in its own right, thanks to some memorable tunes (including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," and the title song) and some endearingly cute comic relief. We all know the story--the wicked stepmother and stepsisters simply won't have it, this uppity Cinderella thinking she's going to a ball designed to find the handsome prince an appropriate sweetheart, but perseverance, animal buddies, and a well-timed entrance by a fairy godmother make sure things turn out all right. There are a few striking sequences of pure animation--for example, Cinderella is reflected in bubbles drifting through the air--and the design is rich and evocative throughout. It's a simple story padded here agreeably with comic business, particularly Cinderella's rodent pals (dressed up conspicuously like the dwarf sidekicks of another famous Disney heroine) and their misadventures with a wretched cat named Lucifer. There's also much harrumphing and exposition spouting by the King and the Grand Duke. It's a much simpler and more graceful work than the more frenetically paced animated films of today, which makes it simultaneously quaint and highly gratifying. --David Kronke

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The Three Caballeros (Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection) [VHS]

The Three Caballeros (Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection) [VHS] Lowest new price: $8.00
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As a Disney oddity, they don't get much odder than Three Caballeros. Donald Duck receives a birthday package from South America, and the film proceeds to unravel like some peyote-induced hallucination. It starts out reminiscent of other Disney films, where shorts are cobbled together, such as "Make Mine Music" or "Fun and Fancy Free." The film has vignettes such as "The Cold-Blooded Penguin" and "The Flying Guachito." After them it careens straight into part-travelogue, part-stream-of-consciousness animation. Not helping out much are Donald's "friends," Joe Carioca (a parrot) and Panchito (a rooster). They spend most of the rest of the film watching Donald chase skirt. That's right, Donald Duck is a wolf in this movie, and he chases every live-action señorita who bustles across the screen. Although some will say otherwise, Caballeros is for die-hard Disney, Donald, or psychedelia fans only. --Keith Simanton

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Twilight of the Cockroaches [VHS]

Twilight of the Cockroaches [VHS] Lowest new price: $34.99
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