|Amazing Stories: Book 2 1987 PG, 71 min.|
Genre: Animation / Horror / Sci-Fi
Director: Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird
Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Scott Coffey, Mary Stuart Masterson, Stan Freberg, Annie Potts, Mercedes McCambridge, Billy Beck, Tom Bresnahan, Scott Menville, Marshall Efron, Jack Angel, Brad Bird, Brooke Ashley
Two more stories from the Spielberg TV series are provided: "Go to the Head of the Class," concerns two students who get back at their sadistic teacher, and "Family Dog" is an animated film of a suburban family as seen through the eyes of their dog.
|Callaway Went Thataway 1951 N/R, 81 min.|
aka: The Star Said No
Director: Norman Panama
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire, Howard Keel, Jesse White, Fay Roope, Elisabeth Fraser, Stan Freberg, Natalie Schafer, Douglas Kennedy, Don Haggerty
This spoof of the Western genre features cameo appearances by a number of Hollywood stars. The plot involves promoters Mike (Fred MacMurray) and Deborah (Dorothy McGuire) substituting a look-a-like cowboy (Howard Keel) for the real star (also Howard Keel) who is an alcoholic.
|Lady and the Tramp 1955 N/R, 75 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy / Drama / Musical
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Stan Freberg, Verna Felton, Alan Reed, George Givot, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom, Dal McKennon, Lee Millar, Mellomen
This delightful Disney animated feature film tells the story of a pedigreed cocker spaniel, Lady (voice of Barbara Luddy), who becomes enamored with a streetwise mongrel, Tramp (voice of Larry Roberts). Problems come up when Lady's owners, Jim Dear and Darling (voices of Lee Millar and Peggy Lee), have a baby, and Aunt Sarah (voice of Verna Felton) moves in–along with her nasty Siamese cats–to help. They bring havoc to the household, and, of course, Lady is blamed until Tramp comes to the rescue.
|Stuart Little 1999 PG, 92 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Julia Sweeney, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Tilly, Bruno Kirby, Estelle Getty, Dabney Coleman, Chazz Palminteri, Steve Zahn, David Alan Grier, Stan Freberg, Jeffrey Jones
Based on one of E.B. White's children's classics, this is the light-hearted adventure of a mouse, Stuart (voice of Michael J. Fox), that is adopted by the Little family of NYC. Stuart must overcome obstacles along the way that include his major nemesis, the family cat, Snowbell (voice of Nathan Lane).
|Tom Thumb 1958 N/R, 98 min.|
Genre: Family / Musical / Fantasy
Director: George Pal
Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Jessie Matthews, June Thorburn, Bernard Miles, Peter Butterworth, Peter Bull, Stan Freberg, Ian Wallace, Dal McKennon, Barbara Ferris
This classic story by the Brothers Grimm is about a five-inch-tall boy, Tom Thumb (Russ Tamblyn), who the magical Forest Queen (June Thorburn) gives to childless couple Jonathan and Anne (Bernard Miles and Jessie Matthews) as a gift for woodcutter Jonathan saving a tree. When villains Ivan and Anthony (Terry Thomas and Peter Sellers) plot to rob the village, Tom becomes the hero as he outwits those who are much larger than himself. Tom also helps with a romance between the Forest Queen and forester Woody (Alan Young). Good acrobatic dances by Tamblyn. The film won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects.
|1. Amazing Stories: Book 2 (1987)|
2. Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
aka: The Star Said No
3. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
4. Stuart Little (1999)
5. Tom Thumb (1958)
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