Zebra in the Kitchen: A Great Family Movie
Ellen R. Fissel | South Mountain, PA USA | 12/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now, I don't care what you say, this movie is a good family movie. It's full of funny and entertaining scenes and great actors. This movie is sure to delight those of all ages.
If you want my addvice, buy this DVD. It is worth the price and you'll get your entertainment value out of it for sure. So, what are you waiting for?! Buy this DVD now! This is what kids need to watch instead of violent garbage!"
12 Monkeys, 4 zebras, 2 elephants and a lion.
R. Christenson | Pine, CO USA | 09/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the original classic tale of the boy who let all the animals out of the zoo, directed by Ivan Tors, the best animal filmmaker of the 1960s (Flipper, Gentle Ben, Sea Hunt, Daktari, etc.). The idea was later used in 12 Monkeys.
Jay North (Maya) is the boy, whose own pet mountain lion is confined to the delapidated city zoo, so he lets it out along with all the other animals. Zookeepers Martin Milner (Adam 12, Life With Father, 13 Ghosts) and Andy Devine (Island In The Sky, That's The Spirit) have to help round them up. There are some cameos including Marshall Thompson (Daktari).
Recommended for kids to see animals & slapstick humor."
Not One of My Favorites, But Lots of Animals
Nancy Sherburne | Tucson, Arizona, USA | 08/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before my review, I just wanted to explain that when I decide if a review is helpful or not, it doesn't matter whether the viewer liked the movie or not. What does matter is giving enough information so I can understand better why the movie was liked or not liked. In other words, less generalities (the acting was good, the plot was boring) and more specifics (WHY was the acting good, or WHY was the plot boring). It has been sometime since I last saw this movie, though I do have it on one of my multitude of VHS tapes. I enjoy animal movies, and wanted to see Jay North in action years after he was Dennis the Menace. I also like Martin Milner whom I'd seen in Adam-12 and Valley of the Dolls. I can always understand what he is saying, and appreciate how he conveys emotions in his delivery. While I did think Sunshine a dumb name for a cougar, I could understand how the boy didn't want to leave him behind when his family had to move. When the animal's behavior led to his being placed in a zoo, I could also understand how the boy felt about seeing his beloved pet behind bars, being deprived of a wild and free life. Okay, setting the animals loose was a very foolhardy act, but if it caused people to think about current conditions at the zoo and how some funding could really turn things around, that was good. If you compare the zoo as it was to what it became, because of the townspeople's eyes becoming open to how the wild animals ought to be housed, it has to make you feel good, and that is one of the best kinds of movies, in my opinion.