UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE  is a charming retelling of the classic race between the tortoise and the hare. It is 15 years after the first race and the competitors are now neighbors, but they have not lost the competitive edge.  They meet every night after work at the hedge to rehash the race and play one-upsmanship. During one of those sessions, Murray the Hare challenges Walter the Tortoise to the Mount Impossible Nature Adventure Race and Walter does not hesitate to accept.

This time, however, they must race as a team, so Murray brings his son, Butch and Walter brings his daughter, Crystal, but the kids don’t share their parents’ competitive nature. Butch is more into science than athletics, and Crystal just wants to be a dancer. And they both want their fathers to quit trying to outdo each other. During a nasty storm, Walter and Murray get separated from their kids, and the two dads must team up to find them. Along the way, they learn there are far more important matters than winning a race.

Tourtoise VS. Hare is the third third CGI animated film in the charming “Unstable Fables” collection from the Jim Henson Company, Prana Animation Studios, and Flame Ventures. Like the others, there is a moral to this story, but it is woven into it more seamlessly than with Three Pigs and a Baby. The characters are engaging and children will root for Butch and Crystal to show their fathers the right path. Adults will also enjoy watching this, with or without children. The stork sports commentators are worth the price of the DVD, and some of their antics are laugh-out-loud funny.

This is a cute story with some wonderful animation, and the DVD features a fantastic celebrity ensemble including the voice talent of  Jay Leno (Ice Age 2), Danny Glover (Dreamgirls), Vivica A. Fox (Ella Enchanted), Keke Palmer (Jump In!, Akeelah And The Bee) and three-time winner of  Kid’s Choice Award for Best Actor, Drake Bell (Superhero Movie, “Drake and Josh”). The DVD has bonus features including behind the scenes clips.  And aspiring cartoonists will enjoy the special tutorial on how to draw a character from the movie, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the animation process.

Unstable Fables Web site

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1086798/

Price:                            $19.97
Street Date:                   September 9, 2008
Catalog Number:            81312
Rating:                          NR
Run time:                      76 minutes
Language:                     English Dolby 5.1
Subtitles:                      English and Spanish
Closed Captioned

Maryann Miller — Maryann’s Web site

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