Beverly Cleary's entertaining sequel to The Mouse and the Motorcycle
comes to life in another stop-motion animation TV short, starring a young Fred Savage. Ralph, a squeaky-voiced mouse with a penchant for peanut butter, decides to run away from the Mountain View Inn when his uncle threatens to ground him for reckless motorcycle riding. He winds up at the Happy Acres Camp, where an unenthused camper named Garfield (Savage) captures the tiny rodent. When "Garf" saves Ralph from a hungry cat, Ralph starts talking and a friendship develops. Together, boy and mouse combat Garf's own desires to run away from a difficult situation and solve a camp mystery to boot. Wholesome fun best describes this 42-minute family feature, which does not rely on cliché-ridden dialogue or breakneck action. The '70s go-go style of music is a little dated and Ralph's stop-motion movements may seem a little jerky by today's animation standards, but he and his furry costars still garner plenty of appeal. Children 4 years old and up will easily comprehend this film's lesson about the importance of working through problems rather than avoiding them. --Liane Thomas
From KIDS FIRST!: Ralph and his motorcycle have entertained kids for decades, and this DVD brings the fun into your home for the entire family to enjoy together. Starring young Fred Savage, Summer Phoenix, Sara Gilbert, and Kellie Martin "Runaway Ralph" is a delight for all ages.
Ralph, a young mouse, decides that he's going to run away from the hotel his family lives in so he sets out on his toy motorcycle and ends out in a camp where he meets Garf. As Garf and Ralph bond they learn lessons about teamwork, friendship and also come to realize that home might not be such a bad place after all.
"Runaway Ralph" inspires children to find reasonable, positive solutions to problems and addresses issues such as making friends and resolving conflict in non-violent ways and overcoming fears.
On the heels of the best-selling Ralph S. Mouse and The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Scholastic brings award-winning author Beverly Cleary's best-selling story Runaway Ralph to life in this exciting live-action DVD, featuring the new read-along function and discussion questions to help develop early literacy skills.