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|An Elephant Called Slowly|
Actors: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, George Adamson, Vinay Inambar, Joab Collins
Director: James Hill
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
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Ruth Fortey | London, UK | 05/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last! At last! I have waited 20 years to own this movie! I saw it the last time it was on TV (and on crackly home recording since). The unofficial sequel to Born Free, Slowly is the story of Bill Travers' and Virginia McKenna's return to Kenya after falling in love with the country when filming Joy Adamson's story about Elsa the lion cub. Whilst house-sitting for a friend, they find themselves the neighbours of three unruly elephants who, according to the local gamekeeper, have "adopted" them. It is very funny, very silly, the scenery/wildlife is breath-taking and the music is amazing. Watch out for the stars feeding the baby black rhinos lollipops - gorgeous! I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a sense of humour and a heart."
As the title says, It's slow... but still charming
Staci L. Wilson | USA | 01/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although it's in docudrama style, several of the characters play "themselves" in this charming African tale about a baby elephant named Slowly. Real-life married acting couple Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna (who played George and Joy Adamson in the 1966 film Born Free) return to Kenya where they meet up with George Adamson (portraying himself in all his oddball glory) and his cavalcade of exotic animals including cheetahs, lions, rhinoceroses, buffalo, ostriches, and pachyderms. Bill and Ginny find themselves the reluctant adoptive "parents" of three mischievous baby elephants named Slowly, Kadengi, and Eleanor (who, of course, wind up causing all kinds of comic situations and stealing the hearts of everyone who gets in their way).
Staci Layne Wilson
Born Free sequel plays it for laughs and gets them!
Staci L. Wilson | 01/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Married couple Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna ("Born Free," "Ring of Bright Water") return in the first sequel to "Born Free." In the first movie, "Born Free," Travers and McKenna played the role of the Adamson's, the real life African animal preservations who raised lions in captivity and re-released them into the wild. In "An Elephant Named Slowly" and "The Lion at World's End (aka "Christian the Lion")" they play themselves returning to Africa and Adamason's compound. This would be followed by "Living Free," and "To Walk with Lions (2000)." "An Elephant Named Slowly" plays it mostly for laughs with Bill and Ginny coping with a beat up jeep that only starts when a special password is spoken into it's motor, being held at bay by a family of frisky elephants, and a gag about beans, beans, and more beans. Inspired more by Dean Jones comedies than anything else, this film will delight children and fans of the series. A jazzy score and cartoon title sequence add to the fun."
A film for people who like Elephants
S. Cahoon | Acton, MA | 03/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having watched Born Free, which has the same director and lead actors as this film, I was looking forward to watching An Elephant Called Slowly. Although Born Free chronicled part of George Adamson's life, he actually appears in this film for a brief cameo. We also get a brief glimpse of the lions who appeared in Born Free. The stars of this film, the elephants, are just as interesting. We get a good introduction into elephant behavior. The characters, the actors portraying themselves, also travel around their African home and introduce us to all sorts of animals. Humor is used quite a bit in this movie- alot of it slapstick. My two young boys enjoyed this movie, I recommend it, especially for animal lovers."