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Our Friend, Martin
Our Friend Martin
Actors: Edward Asner, Angela Bassett, Lucas Black, Theodore Borders, LeVar Burton
Directors: Rob Smiley, Vincenzo Trippetti
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, African American Cinema, Animation
NR     2004     1hr 0min

What begins as a routine class project for a diverse group of sixth-graders turns into a magical, time-traveling adventure they'll never forget! Authentic historical footage of Martin Luther King Jr. is blended with color...  more »


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Actors: Edward Asner, Angela Bassett, Lucas Black, Theodore Borders, LeVar Burton
Directors: Rob Smiley, Vincenzo Trippetti
Creators: Andy Boron, Andy Heyward, Chris Simmons, Dawn Comer, Deborah Pratt, Sib Ventress
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, African American Cinema, Animation
Sub-Genres: Drama, Animation, African American Cinema, Animation
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A gem!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent educational video. I agree with other reviewers that it is not appropriate for young viewers. However, as a fifth grade teacher, my students were fully capable of handling the presentation and the discussions that we had before and after.This video truly encourages children to think about the choices they make. Not only does it make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. someone a child can relate to, but it explores the idea that one person can make a difference. It urges children to stand up for the right thing even when it is difficult."
Mixes cartoons and real footage to teach history!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This kid-focused video seeks to teach viewers about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. It's attention-grabbing format combines a cartoon story about 4 sixth graders who travel back in time to meet Dr. King at various points in his life, with genuine footage of his speeches and various marches. The characters' voices are provided by such famous celebrities as Whoopie Goldberg, James Earl Jones and Susan Saranden. The plot is fast pace, and hooks viewers in through it's clever time travel premise, while getting its message across. Certainly, the most gripping segment of the video occurs when the main characters try to prevent Dr. King from being assassinated, by bringing him forward in time. Viewers are suddenly thrown into a world untouched by King's dreams of racial equality, and the gross differences between our lives with and without King's accomplishments are starkly revealed. This is definitely an exceptional video."
A great teaching tool
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just finished showing this film to my second graders. Not only did it hold their attention, but they learned quite a bit about Martin Luther King Jr. and America as it once was. The animated format combined with real life footage was extremely effective and captured my younger viewer's attention. Having characters that spoke the kid's "lingo" helped make this a film children of today can relate to. We used this video as a springboard to discuss Dr. King and his accomplishments. I highly recommend this video to any parent or teacher."
Excellent for the classroom or home
W. McCarthy | San Francisco, CA USA | 01/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently showed this video to my 4th grade class and they loved it! They had so many questions after showing it and they could not believe that people were once treated like that in our country. One of them when prompted by a journal starter that asked them if they could go backwards in time, what time would they want to go to said she would like to go back to that time to tell Dr. King to be carefull before his assasination. I hightly recommend it even for high school students."