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    The Tales of Despereaux

    I can't remember he last time I reccommended a movie from the socialist engineering factory that is Hollywood but here goes....

    There is this rat you see who causes a big problem and because of the big problem he causes the government to react and ban a lot of things that in of themeselves are relatively good for society. This casts an oppresive pall over society as a whole.

    There is a mouse. He is different than the other mice in that he does not support the mice government and is always rebelling by refusing to be afraid of them or anything else. Eventually he is expelled from mouse society for being different; he is the hero of the story.

    There is a king who runs everything but does not listen to the people.

    The movie even has a Chrisitian message that was toned down from the book but is still there (if Christianity is your thing).

    An old book that would never make it past the censors these days it is relatively harmless movie for kids and may even allow you to spawn some good conversations with your kids.
    Things NOT IN THE MOVIE that Hollywood is trying to put in all kids movies everywhere these days:

    Bathroom Humor
    Gay rights
    Socialism as a model society

    I took my kids to see it and they were on the edge of their seats. They don't watch action/ violence movies so the mild thematic elements were plenty to keep them interested. I recommend it.

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    My daughter (who is now 12) loved the book a few years ago. She and my son (age 7) saw the movie and found it ho-hum.

    Perhaps I'll read the book.
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    The movie is not as good as the book and a bit different. I was just surprised that the messages in the movie carried through.

    When we went to see Happy Feet I expected the Penguins to start singing the Volga River Boat Song when they were ''holding back the arctic night''.

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    Titan6,

    Thanks... I've been debating taking my daughter (6 yrs) to see this. She's been excited about the previews, but I hate to expose her to so much of what's considered "OK" or good by Hollywood standards.

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    I will see about reading the book.
    We... wife, son, and I... went to see it, and the 11 year old was ready to leave part way thru.
    I love kids movies and I have to say that I didnt blame him.


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    I remember, the movies I watched as a child were Bambi, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, and also Have Gun: Will Travel, etc.

    But the movies my brother (8 years my junior) watched when he was same age as I was were Dirty Harry, Raging Bull, Alien, The Wild Bunch, The Searcher, etc.

    It seems like my parents grew lazy and got tired of parental censorship!

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    The movie is not as good as the book and a bit different.
    You say that likes it's big news.
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    Compare Blade Runner and the book, Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep, for a real shock.
    I saw this movie ToD, I liked it.
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    You can just put a lot more in a book than a movie. About the only movies that I have liked nearly as well as the books they were based on were historical in nature -- Midway and Patton. There was a lot more info and texture in the books, but those movies did make some key events come alive.....
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    Patton, great movie, based on Landislav Farragos "Patton, Ordeal and Triumph", great book!
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    About the only movies that I have liked nearly as well as the books they were based on were historical in nature -- Midway
    The Henry Fonda film?
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    The movie version of True Grit was pretty close to the book.
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    The movie version of True Grit was pretty close to the book.
    Only if you overlook the fact that La Beef lives , Mattie loses her arm becomes a banker and pays to have Rooster buried at the end
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    Yeah, Treo, Henry was in it. So was Charlton Heston, and Robert Mitchum, IIRC.

    Great book by Gordon Prange... although there are other good ones on the subject.

    A great read also is "The Quiet Warrior", the only good biography on Spruance that I have run across.
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    I happened to catch the last act on TV last night, and it looked pretty good. I'm always looking for good stuff to share with my grandson.

    The only thing I mildly objected to was the heavy-handed visual suggestion that ugly people (or animals) are "bad" and beautiful people are "good."

    Now, I'm one of the beautiful people, so this doesn't negatively effect me. I merely object in the name of fairness for ugly people.
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