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Lavender Castle [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2007
I'm not trying to be patronising here.....

This is a lovely series. I might be wrong but I think it used to go out on Sundays..... The characters are lovable, beautifully designed and animated (the Cosgrove Hall element is very noticable in that the animation reminds me of the stop motion Cosgrove Hall Wind in the Willows) and the stories just long enough to entertain without becoming dull.

The whole thing is a trifle whimsical for sci-fi but none the worse for that....

Dr Agon reminded me, design wise, of the wizard in the animation "Flight of Dragons" (overdue for DVD if you ask me) but this is a wonderful series.

Well worth buying, and vastly underrated on its initial broadcast....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2009
I loved this when I was younger, it was so creative and fun. I watched it again recently and found out there are many things that don't make sense in it (such as characters being able to breathe in space) so it must be taken as a childrens' fantasy series where anything is possible.
It's basically about the crew of a ship called the Paradox and they're looking for this magical place called Lavender Castle. However, so are the bad guys and in the end the good guys work more to keep the bad guys away from it than actually find it themselves. The characters are funny and likeable. My favourite was the engineer, Isambard.
I recommend it for anyone who enjoys fantasy. It's for kids but it also has elements that adults can relate to as well, plus it has hidden meanings that kids may not pick up on but adults can. It's great family entertainment!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
at 41 you may be wondering why i bought this dvd??...its because Rodney Matthews is the brain child behind the artwork....simply mind blowing !!!!!!
Many scenes in the stories included , show some of rodneys "set peices" it's fun to spot them ..many are there.. the ether stream is a particularly easy one....
top drawer stuff
and the kids may like it too...........
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2005
Travel to another dimension where strange aliens and worlds are commonplace in this unusual Universe. Follow the adventures of Captain Thrice and the crew of the Paradox as they search for Lavender Castle. The crew are not going to have an easy time of it as they must keep out of the clutches of the evil Dr. Agon.
This series was created in 1998 by Gerry Anderson ("Thunderbirds," "Captain Scarlet," "Space: 1999") and is made up of 26 - 10 minute episodes. The production is a mixture of stop motion and computer generated animation and really adds to the entire look of the show. Fantasy artist Rodney Matthews designed the characters and worlds for this charming series creating an interesting universe of wonder and adventure. The stories are more childish than other Anderson series like "The New Captain Scarlet" and "Thunderbirds" but they are still entertaining. "Lavender Castle" seems to be more like Gerry Anderson's earlier works of "Supercar" and "Torchy the Battery Boy."
The DVD itself is well laid out with the majority of the episodes on disc one and the remaining episodes and extras, including a game, on disc two. The only negative I found was there is a three minute trailer for other products that starts when you put the disc in and there is no way to stop it.
Any Gerry Anderson fan should like this, in my opinion it is one of the most unique of his series. Kids of all ages will want to follow Captain Thrice and the crew of the Paradox on their quest to find the fabled Lavender Castle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2011
An incredibly random sequence of events led to me buying this on a whim (because it's so cheap, too) and my 4 year old daughter, who loves Treasure Planet, pirates & spaceships, is totally besotted by it. Interests her much more than the Megamind DVD she got from the US on the same day, and she'd been looking forward to that much more. Really nicely done, exciting, funny, classy, thoughtfully made with real care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2011
While made for an younger audience, the older watchers don't need to be bored. Lovely décors and 'actors'. Fun and lovable characters.
It cannot be compared to any other series from the Anderson Universe and well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
This isn't a minor Anderson, it's really a beautiful program for children and really well-made. Great Gerry Anderson, a pity we have lost him...
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on 4 December 2014
Just a big kid at heart recapturing my Youth at 55 yrs old.
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on 6 August 2014
Item arrived in perfect conditions. I love it!
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on 5 August 2014
Exellent
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