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Little Ben receives a gentle lesson about conservation in this 1999 BBC-Miramax co-production based on John Burningham's book Hey! Get Off Our Train. After staying up a bit too late watching a TV show about endangered animals with his folks, Ben dreams of a magical place where he, and his trusty stuffed dog Jim Jam, are in charge of a train that winds though the earth's habitats. Young viewers pre-kindergarten to elementary school age are introduced to clear-cutting, poachers, and other issues that are endangering animals around the world. Burningham's wonderful color palette makes the 29-minute short wonderful to look at, while the talking animals have enough personality to insure that kids will demand repeated viewings. --Doug ThomasFrom the Back Cover:
All aboard the animal train! From the producer of Raymond Briggs' The Bear comes this beautifully animated adventure full of heart, hopes and the inspiring dreams of a young boy. It's Ben's bedtime, but staying up late with his parents to watch an interesting TV show about endangered animals seems a lot more fun. Later that night, Ben awakens to discover that his stuffed dog Jim Jam has come to life and so has his toy train! Bursting with excitement, they climb aboard for the magical journey of a lifetime--a trip around the world to collect endangered animals an bring them to safety. Based on the Parents' Choice award-winning book "Hey! Get Off Our Train" by author and illustrator John Burningham, The Animal Train delivers a cargo full of fun, laughs, charming animal characters to love and important reminders about our environment.
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