DVDs for the young that are not necessarily new, but new to Ellinwood School-Community Library:
Puss in Boots
Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend... The Boots.
The Neverending Story
Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende’s children’s story for this charming fantasy film that spawned several sequels. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother’s recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father’s badgering, he has to contend with a bunch of school bullies waiting for him in the schoolyard. One day he decides to play hooky and walks into a strange bookstore, where in the attic, he discovers a book called “The Neverending Story.” As Bastian reads the book, he’s enveloped in the unfolding tale. A sickly child-like empress (Tami Stronach) from a land called Fantasia is concerned about who will take over the land if she dies. She decides it is best for Fantasia if she remains alive, so she dispatches a young warrior named Atreju (Noah Hathaway) to find a cure for the empress’s malady. It turns out the land is consumed with a plague called The Nothing, generated by blighted dreams and hopeless fantasies. As Atreju continues onward to search for a cure for The Nothing, he encounters an assortment of strange creatures. Bastian is so consumed with the tale that he finds himself catapulted into the land of Fantasia himself. Atreju realizes that the only way to save the land from its blight is with the help of this strange earth boy, Bastian.
Angry Birds Toons S2V2
What do beards, boxing, saxophones, ice hockey, and nunchucks have in common? They can all be found in “Angry Birds Toons” Season 2 of course – along with the kind of comedy hijinks you’ve come to expect from our feathered flock of misfits! See how it all comes together in the final 13 episodes of “Angry Birds Toons” Season 2.
Cats & Dogs
This talking-animal action comedy from Lawrence Guterman, the co-director of Antz (1998), follows on the heels of the Babe and Dr. Dolittle films. Unknown to humans, a secret war has been raging between cats and dogs for eons, but a fragile truce has long held the order of the animal kingdom in place. Now the balance of power has tipped, as a researcher, Professor Brody (Jeff Goldblum), is about to invent a vaccine that will erase all human allergies to dogs. This is too much for the autocratic Mr. Tinkles (Sean Hayes), a white Persian kitty bent on world domination. The Brody home becomes ground zero for the renewed conflict between feline and canine, with a young Beagle puppy named Lou (Tobey Maguire) caught in the middle as the new point man for his species’ cause.
Helena Bonham Carter narrates this delightful animated adaptation of the popular children’s book from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Alex Scheffler. When a tiny mouse is cornered by three hungry critters, he weaves a colorful tale of an imaginary monster that scares his attackers away. Later, the mouse gets a big surprise upon discovering that his frightening creation really exists.
Thomas & Friends – Calling All Engines
The island of Sodor’s railway is to help in the construction of a new airport, but a fierce summer storm and a rivalry between the steam and diesel engines endanger the job.
Sheri Holmes is the director of library/media services for the Ellinwood School/Community Libraries.