Not as Good as the First
underdogfan710 | earth | 07/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Tiny, the Seventh Brother," this movie's predecessor, is, as I mentioned in my review of that product, a sweet, funny movie for all ages. This one is not.
First, the plot. Dr. Owl has been captured by poachers and it's up to the rest of the forest animals to rescue him. This is a pretty scary plot device, and there is at least one very clear picture of a gun going off.
Second, there is a possible error. The poachers is "Seventh Brother" are not terribly bright, and are only hunting for food. These poachers are semi-intelligent criminals, and the leader is truly evil.
Third, I have a bone to pick. Cody, who was my favorite of Tiny's rabbit friends, has grown quite a bit and is nearly as big as his mother. Not that I believe there is anything wrong with him growing, but I feel like a mom when they discover that their child has grown up too fast - kind of "I miss his sweet little baby self."
On the bright side, there is no foul languages or suggestive humor, and the rabbits' personalities remain intact. There are also a few hilarious scenes. However, the whole thing left me with a kind of "that's it?" feeling.
Compared to most of the other garbage floating around out there, it's a 3-star movie or maybe even a 4. Compared to the first one, it's probably a 1 or a 2. Sad.
I'll leave the choice to you. If you want a sequel that measures up to the original, this is not the place to look. If you want a cute, funny, albeit pretty scary, movie that stands on its own, I can see where this would work - but even then why not just get "Seventh Brother" instead?"
Excellent adventure of youth challenged by nature.
underdogfan710 | 01/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mowat's story is realistic, as only he can describe the arctic. His juxtaposiion of the Native and White cultures exposes the conflicts facing the characters. He sets the scene with a brief section that quietly establishes the cumbersomness of White, urban culture, then immediately transposes the story to the stark wilderness of northern Canada. As the story progresses, the characters are placed in conflict with each other, but especially with their personal values and are forced to find commonalities and means to cooperate in order to survive. The Native youth is especially interesting in his struggle to be Native within a non-Native world and to find the values he lost in boarding school. This video is a must see for teenage boys struggling with identity, trying to form their own values in a sometimes inhospitable world."
Friendship in adversity and survival
Rachel Watkins | Joshua, Texas | 10/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Set in the wild frontier days, this movie is about two teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood who get lost in the wilderness together, and thier story of survival and friendship. One is a Cree native american who is angry and confused after his schooling with a white school where they tried to beat the indian out of him. The other boy is an orphan, who has grown up in an upper class boarding school, but must leave to live with his uncle, who is a fur trapper and canoe builder, when his trust fund runs out. After his former life, he disgreards the spirituality of the native americans as silly superstition.This story is about finding courage and friendship in times of trouble and hardship. A good family movie, it contains lessons about listening to elders, peer presure, and being open to the ways of unfamilliar cultures. A good movie for life lessons and discussion with your children.This was also adapted from a book, and I belive I must find this book and read it now!"