I first watched this film when I was about 10 but I did not remember it any more until I watched it on TV about 20 years ago and suddenly all the pleasure and fascination I had experienced in my first viewing came flooding back. This is a fable so well told that for its 100 or so minutes I was back in my childhood. All the special effects of today will never equal this exceptionally well directed film, the quality of its screenplay, or the charm of its actors. I relish watching it again and again. One of my favourites!