Why this particular motion picture?
* If you would like your young children to become acquainted with a cultural event, that was designed for young children and adults of all ages.
* If you enjoyed the popular ballet " The Nutcracker", usually performed during Christmas holidays, then you would also be entranced with this ballet, "The Tales of Beatrix Potter."
Beatrix Potter: Was probably, the most popular writer and illustrator of children's books. Peter Rabbit, was a main character in a series of her children's books. Her Tales of Peter Rabbit, was first introduced in 1902. Peter and all the other animal characters in her stories, are depicted in human clothes. The Tales of Peter Rabbit books, have sold more than 150 million+ copies in 35 languages and still continues to do so.
Ballet: (A theatrical representation of a story performed to music and by dance.)
In 1970,the most prestigious ballet company in Great Britain, The Royal Ballet, under the direction of Sir Frederick Ashton, who was probably the greatest British choreographer of the 20th century. Sir Frederick Ashton, choreographed and created with his selected ballet dancers, a motion picture, depicting some of the marvelous characters of the "Tales of Peter Rabbit." His prestigious ballet dancers were dressed and made up to look just like the actual animal characters that were depicted in Beatrix Potter's "Tales Of Peter Rabbit". The great Sir Frederick Ashton, then age 67, also appeared in the motion picture, as one of the "Peter Rabbit" story characters. His performance evidently signifies his endorsement of this motion picture. The film was nominated for two British Academy Film Awards.
This 1970 outstanding motion picture is called, "The Tales of Beatrix Potter," with a magnificent original musical score, specially composed for this momentous motion picture. The distinguishing original music score presented no hesitation in acquiring the prestigious Royal Opera House Orchestra, to provide the musical accompaniment to this motion picture.
There were two factors that at first limited the attendance to this masterpiece motion picture.
First, it was considered a children's movie, secondly, it's was a ballet.
This is a VERY special movie, that very young people will be fascinated with, especially the costumed characters. If you desired your youngster to discover and become knowledgeable of theatrical performances of excellence, then this unique motion picture, will give any intelligent and impressionable child, the desire to appreciate future such performances of excellence.
Not surprisingly, many adults, who have seen this unique motion picture, are equally fascinated with the outstanding original musical score as well as the incredible marvelous transformation of the dancers in the most realistic animal likeness in their make-up.
Those that do have an interest in ballet, will be amazed of the almost impossible ballet techniques that were accomplished while in those most realistic and cumbersome of customs and makeup(masks).
There are no hidden messages in this motion picture, in fact, there is not a single word spoken in this motion picture. It is just a delightful visual experience to see and hear. Most, that have seen this visual and musical experience, are left with the most pleasurable of memories. It is only 90 minutes long.
Many who have seen this masterpiece, will keep this DVD forever, so that you can have it available for future generations of your family, it is timeless.
One very unusual comment, regarding a member of their family, who was affected with Alzheimer, found that their afflicted loved one, truly enjoyed viewing this motion picture. (Maybe, it had reminisce some very pleasurable past memories.)
JL August 12, 2006
PS: The ideal (low cost) holiday or birthday gift for a child, as well as an adult.JL