We bought this as an end of term treat for our Year 2 classes(6&7 year olds) as we had been studying the works of Roald Dahl, concentrating on the Magic Finger. The children all loved it. It was a cartoon/drawing with voiced story which was the book word for word. Would recommend
Bought this as my class are studying The Magic Finger in their Literacy sessions, and after being caught between wondering whether the film is charming in it's old-fashioned simplicity or terribly dated looking, I had to put myself in the shoes of a 7 year old to say this DVD is terribly dated. The images are a series of cartoon drawings, albeit nice drawings, and when children are used to the sophisticated animated action they get now, this doesn't compare. It's effectively a read through of the story, accompanied by a series of images, which wouldn't bring the story to life any better than a teacher reading through the story (and the voice on the DVD trills a bit after a while). Disappointing.
Although I agree with other people's comments over the poor production feel of this film (ropey soundtrack that sounds like it is being played underwater), the point of this DVD that I cannot believe anyone has spotted or commented on is in the part "Revolting Rhymes" with the poem called "Cinderella". There is a verse in this story that starts:-
"The Prince cried, 'Who's this dirty slut? 'Off with her nut! Off with her nut!'
My wife and I couldn't believe it as our 7 year old daughter watched and heard this. This is supposed to be a U certificate film. I am not a prude and love a whole variety of films but the use of this word in a U cert DVD aimed at children is unacceptable. What next from the BBFC? The allowance of the word "Whore" for a U cert film. I am just glad we managed to distract her from this bit of the DVD and the fact that we did not allow her to watch it with school friends of the same age. I am really surprised with one of the other comments that allowed year 2 classes to watch it. As a parent I would not be happy with a school doing this.