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Tales Of Beatrix Potter [DVD] [1971]

Frederick Ashton , Alexander Grant , Reginald Mills    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Julie Wood, Ann Howard, Bob Mead
  • Directors: Reginald Mills
  • Writers: Richard B. Goodwin, Beatrix Potter, Christine Edzard
  • Producers: John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLY6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Royal Ballet perform the stories of Beatrix Potter, bringing characters including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Jeremy Fisher, and Squirrel Nutkin to life against an English countryside background. Choreography is by Sir Frederick Ashton and the music is composed by John Lanchbery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars are simply not enough! 29 Nov 2005
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I saw this film when I was little, and have never forgotten the utter enchantment of it. Now I have rediscovered the bliss of it all over again with my two year old daughter. She simply can't get enough of it - in particular, the Jeremy Fisher section - those thrilling leaps and elevations! The drama of his struggle with the trout! John Lanchberry's score, and Frederick Ashton's choreography are both so wonderful - as are all the performances. But what is most striking, 30 years on, is that the production hasn't aged a bit, and I doubt that the miraculously authentic masks and costumes could be bettered now. A glorious achievement, and every bit as uplifting for adults as for children.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Ballet Magic! 2 Nov 2007
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Absolute magic! I saw this as a child and it inspired me into career of dance. As a child, I adored to watch it and try to imitate the characters. Frederick Ashton's choreoegraphy brings the animals to life with imagination and fun. In the early 70's The Royal Ballet was in it's glory days with dancers like beautiful Leslie Collier, Wayne Sleep and Michael Coleman: who's Pas De Chat-ing Jeremy Fisher I'll never forget, dancers filled with style, creativeness and that tremendous RB technique. This is a joy, something to have on the shelf for any ballet fan or budding ballerina. Enjoy!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Beatrix Potter - Ballet- Fredric Ashton 22 Nov 2005
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I can't describe how magical this DVD is - I first saw an extract many years ago - of the Jeremy Fisher section. I have never forgotten it - and when I discovered that I could buy this DVD, I bought one for my grandchildren (and me)
The copy I bought has been played so many times that I now have to replace it.
The dancing and music are superb - my grandchildren cannot sit still in their seats when the DVD is on. They prefer this DVD to any of the other DVDs they have in the house.
Most highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Beatrix Potter 14 Nov 2004
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This film entranced me as a child and has had the same effect on my daughter. Beautifully filmed and danced.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin granddaughter loves it 11 Jan 2009
Bought this to go with 'The Complete Ballet Dancer' for one of my twin (3 3/4) granddaughters for Christmas. She loves it and is not a happy bunny as I have borrowed it to watch. I have been asked in strong terms to return it as soon as possible . . . . .
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS+GENIUS+GENIUS 14 Dec 2008
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The genius of Beatrix Potter + the genius of Sir Frederick Ashton + the genius professionalism and sensitivity of the Roal Ballet set in the Lake District make this an outstanding item! Familiar themes from Paquita, Don Quixote and other 19th Century ballets. The young these days are exposed to a lot of violence and rubbish - what an antidote! Have purchaced five copies for various people. Don't worry (other reviewer)the Royal Ballet are still on top form, and may be at their all time best. Watch out for Tamara Rojo and some of the others!
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming for young and old 2 July 2001
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This is a beautifully choreographed and superbly costumed film version of some of Beatrix Potter's famous stories. It has not dated at all, despite having been filmed in 1971. I saw it first as a little girl and I can remember being utterly enthralled and inspired enough to take ballet lessons for many years. Yesterday I had the opportunity to see this film again and I enjoyed it just as much. Wonderful, something all little girls should see.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 5 April 2005
Pure magic! My two-year old daughter is absolutely enthralled. I confess that the 'Mouse Waltz' brings tears to my eyes, and the final picnic scene when the town mice are joined by the rather uncouth field mice will have you laughing out loud. Fabulous dancing, especially by Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin and Johnny Townmouse, and the music itself is inspiring. Choreographed by the late great Sir Frederic Ashton, who dances the part of Mrs Tiggywinkle. A timeless classic that will delight children and adults equally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I bought it for my grand-daughter aged 2 and a half (who loves dancing). The film is one charming adaptation after another of the famous stories.
Published 12 days ago by DAVID INGMIRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Beatrix Potter ballet
I love this ballet and my daughter and I have watched it several times.
We are lovers of the original stories.
Published 18 days ago by B J Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitter Patter of tiny feet
I saw this in the cinema many years ago and was thoroughly enchanted by it.
In the intervening years I have probably got a bit cynical and found it a bit
whimsical for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Marlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Ballet
I already owned this DVD and ordered this copy for my grandchildren. It captures the essence of the Beatrix Potter's stories in an imaginative way
Published 1 month ago by Mr M C Tegg
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
This is a really charming ballet. It is suitable for all ages bringing Beatrix Potter stories and her pictures to life.
Published 1 month ago by Busfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
If you like this sort of thing, ballet, then its a fun enjoyable watch again film. Should end up being a classic.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales Of Beatrix Potter DVD
Sent this to my daughter in Melbourne Australia. Their daughter starts ballet lessons in February. I was concerned it may not be compatible, but it works on their computer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Ballet
I love this ballet with all the creatures coming to life so beautifully. I sent it to my daughter and granddaughter in Australia, sadly they have not been able to see it as it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Past revisited
Last seen with my infant school children & their friends (not sure who enjoyed it most) - now to be viewed by their children ............ and me!
Published 3 months ago by S. Gunner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Expression of the Joy of Life for All Ages.
If we have any real experience of the natural world around us we know for sure that it's a rhythmic world delighting in a myriad of dance routines. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H. A. Weedon
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