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The Adventure Begins (Ep. 1-6) [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I am that is 14 July 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on
Format: DVD
If you think about it, Brian Jacques' Redwall series is perfect for a cartoon series -- you've got action, adventure, a hint of romance and lots of fuzzy animals. "Redwall: The Adventure Begins" is a solid first half to this animated adaptation, and it has a mellow medieval charm and optimism, as well as some endearing rodent creatures. The only problem is the "to be continued" ending.

Set in the middle of Mossflower Woods, Redwall Abbey is a place of peace and cooperation between all creatures that dwell there. But then the cruel sea rat Cluny appears and demands that the abbey surrender to him, and all its inhabitants become his slaves. A clumsy young monk named Matthias (whose family was murdered by Cluny) openly defies him -- and Cluny swears to get Redwall somehow.

Cluny and his allies begin a sneak assault on Redwall -- he sends his spy Shadow, infiltrates via a circus troupe, tries to tunnel into the abbey, and steals part of an inspiring tapestry. But Matthias, his friend Cornflower, and the elderly monk Methusaleh are searching for the sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior, founder of Redwall. Unfortunately, finding the sword will take Matthas into some deadly places outside the abbey...

"Redwall: The Adventure Begins" is only the first half of the story, ending on a positive but definitely unfinished note. But it's an entertaining little adventure story that happens to star mice, badgers, sparrows, rabbits, snakes and rats -- and it it maintains the warm, medieval flavor of Jacques' original novel, as well as the feeling that this is a world where good really does win.

Along the way, it has plenty of sword fights, skullduggery, danger ("Assssmodeeeeeuuus.... I will show you eternity!") and a budding romance between Matthias and Cornflower. The writers do a good job both with Cluny's continued assaults on Redwall, and Matthias' quest for Martin's sword (even as he discovers his own destiny as Redwall's next champion).

The major problem? It feels a bit... kiddiesque. It's very recognizably aimed at children, especially since Cluny isn't a very terrifying villain.

These six episodes also had a large cast of rodents and other animals that are usually pretty endearing -- Matthias is an endearing little mouse who dreams of glory, and gradually discovers that glory only comes from conflict. There's also the sweet Cornflower, kindly old Methusaleh, the feisty badger Constance, the quirky "sparras," and the bombastic Basil Stag Hare.

"Redwall: The Adventure Begins" is only half the story, but it's a pleasant, down-to-earth little animated story for anyone who enjoyed the adventures in Redwall Abbey. Fun and cute.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Just Me - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This edition of "Redwall: The Adventure Begins" is highly edited from its original version, "Redwall: Season 1." I wouldn't have minded if scenes were just cut to make the film shorter, but different scenes were added that changed the whole plot/theme of the movie! We got the original version from our local library and enjoyed it very much; it was so close to the book and really exciting. We were disappointed, however, not to see a reasonably-priced DVD of it for sale. When this new DVD edition came out, I was ecstatic. I bought a copy for my brother as a Christmas present. When we got to sitting down and watching it, I was deeply chagrined......

--possible spoiler alert-- find out that not only was Mattimeo made not find his sword (!) but a whole thing about a circus was added in with some female knife-thrower, palm-reading mouse that made Cornflower jealous. Everything was messed up. Why did Kaboom! change everything for?! To make it more politically correct, or what?! Gosh! This was the one cartoon that everyone of all ages could really enjoy. Now they had to ruin it.

I'm seriously considering returning this, even if I can't get the right copy. I have to find out if Amazon will pay back shipping....

I must mention that I'm not a Redwall fanatic; I don't mind if films slightly deviate for their books. But after watching the original film and then seeing what Kaboom! changed it into really made my blood boil.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Voice Overs 7 July 2010
By G. Teslovich - Published on
Format: DVD
Appropriate for all ages the animation quality and story is passable interesting except the fiinal half hour or so where it starts to loose it's focus and ends rather weakly leaving you feeling as if the writers didn't know how to finish a story. The outstanding attribute to this animation is the selection of people to do the voice overs for the characters. Voices are often poorly selected in animations but this film is spot-on in that regard.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
redwall rocks 15 Oct 2012
By blackmagejtp - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i think this is one of the best cartoons i have ever seen the animation
was awesome well written story . i totaly recordmend it for all kids
and adults too. I am a adult and i love it . fun for the whole family
to enjoy. i give it five stars.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Redwall Review 12 Oct 2010
By J. Guion - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am very impressed with the messages given and shared in the Redwall dvd. Our whole family watched it several times over. My husband and I have four children, ages 26, 24, 22, and 14 years. What a wonderful family time we shared! We look forward to the next in the series. Thank you so very much.
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