In Movie, Review by Chris

The Boxcar Children is available on DVD and Digital formats this August 19th!

The Boxcar Children DVDBased on the classic series of 1920s children’s books by Gertrude Chandler Warner, The Boxcar Children tells the story of the four Alden siblings — Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny — who take to the road after they are orphaned. Arriving in a sleepy town one rainy night in search of shelter and food, the children happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which, with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret — until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic!

My wife, kids and myself sat down for a viewing of The Boxcar Children this evening; my wife especially excited as she grew up reading the famous children’s books. The movie adaption is an animated tale of four orphaned siblings looking for shelter. They eventually find an old abandoned boxcar in the woods and call it home. The children become very resourceful and dependent on one another, strengthening their bond as family.

Despite a few scenes where two bakery owners attempt to capture the kids, The Boxcar Children is a safe film for the entire family. It’s a tale of adopting your surroundings, appreciating what (and who) you have, and forgiveness. Rhys was especially thrilled because he began his train fascination and the boxcar was big, red and beautiful. The Alden kids made the boxcar into a home, spurring our youngest’s imagination. Recommended viewing for a Sunday afternoon with family.

The Talking Dad is excited to announce that one of our readers will win a copy of The Boxcar Children on DVD. No purchase necessary. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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