Did you grow up reading the Boxcar children book series? I did and I loved the books and have fond memories of them. So when I found out that there was a new animated movie featuring the Boxcar Children, I was so excited to introduce my own kids to the characters and their stories. Here's a bit about the movie, from a press release that I received:
Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. 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.About the CastFeaturing 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!
When I told Ethan and Vivian that we were going to watch this movie, there was much whining and complaining. Because they are 5 and 7 and tend to default to whining and complaining about everything when it is first suggested to them. I pressed on and rounded them up and we headed to their room to watch the DVD. And that was the last whining and complaining that I heard from my kids for the duration of the movie- they sat still on their bed and watched attentively!
First off, I have to admit that the animation in this movie is pretty bad by 2014 standards. This definitely was something I noticed, but my kids didn't seem to. That aside, we really liked the movie. I love that it's a story about siblings working together and helping take care of each other in tough situations. The plot of the movie is charming and heartwarming. And it's not a terribly long movie, so it kept my kids' interest the whole time. When we finished, Ethan said that he really liked the movie and Vivian wanted to know when she could watch it again. Success!
If you're looking for a super-family-safe and charming movie for family movie night, I highly recommend The Boxcar Children. And I have good news! One lucky reader will win a copy of this DVD. Open to US and Canadian mailing addresses, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.