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  • Actors: Peter Serafinowicz, Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent, Ardal O'Hanlon
  • Directors: John Henderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD3PJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director John Henderson's animated big-screen updating of the classic children's TV series. Produced by the team responsible for 'Spitting Image', the story follows the adventures of three rodent friends, Hammy Hamster (voice of Ardal O'Hanlon), Roderick Rat (voice of Steve Coogan) and GP the guinea pig (voice of Jim Broadbent). After being swept down the river in a violent storm, the intrepid friends set off to find out what has become of their homes, encountering many obstacles and new-found friends along the way. But as their journey continues, they realise the riverbank is under threat from the deadly emissions coming from the WMD (waffles, marmalade, and doughnut) factory, run by the seriously shifty 'Fat Cats'.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2010
Format: DVD
I vaguely remember watching Tales of the Riverbank when I was little, with my sister and mum and so I was curious what this film would be like. I must admit that I enjoyed it and so will little children. The animals are puppets, and they are really good. With lots of action, derring-do and adventure, there is also slapstick and fun here. There are some in-jokes with other films that adults will get, as well as such things as girl hamsters dancing around their handbags. With planes, jeeps, water craft and a helicopter there is a lot to keep you entertained.

When GP comes across a factory called WMD (Waffles, Marmalade and Doughnut Corporation) he is shocked at the pollution that is being created. When Sonia, a singing glamour mouse from the Deep South is kidnapped, GP, Hammy and Roderick know that they have to do something. Meeting Lady Much the rabbit and her friend Betty the psychic hamster they soon gather other friends and set out to stop the machinations of WMD, and the fat cats who own it. Meeting up with B.U.R.P. an underground resistance movement things are in place to blow up WMD and effect a daring escape plan for Sonia.

Really there is nothing to dislike about this movie that will have the whole family laughing along, it just seems a disappointment that this hasn't been advertised as much as it should have been.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mummy spoon on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Children will love this film, I don't know why this one has had no publicity because it's a really good family movie with lots of familiar voices and a great mix of live action and animation. I have bought it for my children who are 6 and 4 for Christmas , I sneaked a watch of it whilst they were at school and I know they will love it as much as I did, it's a bargain!
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What a load of rubbish. This is nothing like the world famous TV series Tales of the Riverbank and must have been made by people that had never seen the original versions. Ugly puppets are used to replace the live animals of the TV series, the voices are very poor and the story is grim. I notice that the original creators had nothing to do with its production. I wonder why ?? What happened ?????
Bring back the real Tales of the Riverbank. I think it's called Further Tales of the Riverbank and it's out on DVD
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Brilliant use of puppets rather than computer animation which is so normal nowadays. Very funny, my six year old loved it, and strangely enough, so did I.
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By liz on 4 Mar. 2013
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Tales Of The Riverbank [DVD]For those confused that this film is with puppets let me explain.The film was made without the original Tales of the Riverbank team and against their wishes that live animals should be used.
The original and latest TV series that you all remember has now been remastered and the first nine episodes put on DVD for the first time.There is also a new web site Further Tales of the Riverbank for you all to enjoy.
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By AKPAJO on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I remember the series in B&W as a child so got this for my grandson and he was delighted with it.
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