Monday, August 03, 2009

Family DVD Night (Part 2)

--By Hanje Richards

At the Copper Queen Library, we have lots of animated films for families to enjoy. Our animated films on DVD span the years, from 70 year old Disney animations to very contemporary anime. Here are some of the classics, all now available on DVD. Can you guess which one of these featured films is 70 years old?

Bambi is a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, in particular a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. He learns the skills needed to survive, and he even finds love. One day, however, the human hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety.

In Cinderella, a slighted beauty outshines her evil stepsisters at a royal ball, then returns to her grim existence before the handsome prince finds her again.

In Lady and the Tramp Lady, a pedigreed cocker spaniel, falls for the romance of Tramp, a carefree mongrel who helps her in her time of need.

In The Lion King, Simba begins life as an honored prince, son of the powerful King Mufasa. The cub's happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle Scar murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair Pumbaa, the warthog, and Timon, the meerkat, and lives a carefree jungle life. As he approaches adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne.

Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up and the hero of Wendy, John and Michael's bedtime stories, returns to the nursery and invites them on a magical journey to Never Land.

In Pinocchio, woodcarver Geppetto has just made a little wooden puppet called Pinocchio. Wishing upon a star before he goes to bed, Geppetto wishes that Pinocchio would become a real boy. As Geppetto sleeps, the Blue Fairy arrives and partially grants his wish: Pinocchio can come to life, but he must prove himself worthy before becoming a real boy. He will require some guidance, and Jiminy Cricket agrees to act as his conscience. After some unfortunate incidents, Pinocchio finds himself in real trouble. The Blue Fairy appears. Pinocchio lies to her and his nose grows. He is forgiven, but warned not to lie again.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a fairy tale story of Snow White and the adventures she has with the seven dwarfs, the prince, and the evil queen.

If you guessed that Pinocchio was 70 years old, you were correct!

Come check out all of our animated films on DVD!