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Years ago, the older boys and I enjoyed listening to some of the first Boxcar Children books while driving around town in the van. These stories are great for kids and there wasn’t anything questionable in the story line to concern me. Now there is an animated version which brings this beloved classic to life. The younger boys and I recently watched The Boxcar Children Collector’s Edition which we were sent to review.
About The Boxcar Children
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.
Lucky for them, their grandfather is persistant and places an ad looking for them which one of the adults the kids have befriended sees.
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!
The Boxcar Children on DVD will be available for purchase starting on August 19, 2014 with a suggested retail price of $19.99. However, you can pre-order The Boxcar Children from Wal-Mart at a lower price.
Our Thoughts on The Boxcar Children
Overall, this was a well made animation of a classic story. Like the books, the entire family can watch. The actors do a great job with their lines and the animation is quite vibrant.
One thing I wasn’t prepared to do when watching this show was discuss why a group of siblings would have run away without having ever met the family member who was given custody of them. That made for some interesting ideas about how you can take what you’ve ‘heard’ about someone and twist it into a mental picture that is far from the truth.
With so many more Boxcar Children novels written, we are hoping that they will consider making more of the stories into movies. There are so many questionable shows being marketed as family friendly, so it would be wonderful to have more options that a parent can pick up without worrying over hidden agendas and content.
Watch the Trailer for The Boxcar Children
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