An excellent animated version of an American Classic.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The animation itself is very well done, being on a par with1993's "Once Upon a Forest", and nicely conveys the variousmoods and emotions of the plot and characters. About the only real problem I noticed throughout was a slight continuity problem: sometimes Tom is barefoot in scenes where, a second before, he'd been wearing shoes. But this is just a minor thing.While I'm not a "Pop-Country" fan, the music in this effort is, if not show-stopping, then at least pleasant to the ear without detracting from the plot and children will probably like some of the bouncier rhythms.As a previous reviewer notes, the plot mostly follows the book with; as noted; certain concessions made to political correctness. But this does not detract from any of the characterizations or the "romance" of Tom's puppy-love-at-first-sight attraction to Becky Thatcher (and Amy Lawrence's transition from "woman-scorned" anger to resigned semi-acceptance of it is tastefully handled too) and the drama of Deputy Bean's murder by Injurin' Joe and his pursuit of Tom and Becky through Deadman's Cave. So if you're a parent looking for a Video that both you and the kids might enjoy watching on a rainy afternoon, this is one that I can definitely recommend. (And if it gets the viewer [especially kids] interested in reading Twain's American Classics "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" too [as it did me!], then chalk that up as an added bonus!)"
Stephanie | 07/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was told about this video and decided to check it out. I was delighted with the high quality of the animation. The story was charming and full of interesting characters. Becky and Amy are my favorites. Probably the rarest treat of all, are the great songs that filled the video. Good music has been missing from too many animated movies in the past. I enjoyed this movie so much, I have told my friends about it and even sent out extra copies, I bought, to friends all over the world. They all enjoyed the movie. Can't ask anymore from a movie to be pleasantly entertained, this one does that beautifully."
Excellent movie/cartoon for family
Stephanie | Ft. Worth Texas | 04/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a terrific movie/cartoon that the whole family can watch. Rhett Akins and LeeAnn Womack are great. It has a wonderful soundtrack for adults and children alike. The music sends a good message as well as the story being a Mark Twain Classic."