While this classic tale of a trio of goats has been well told over the years, narrator Holly Hunter sets this Rabbit Ears rendition apart from the rest. With folksy exuberance, Hunter brings the story alive, especially when describing the "terrifying troll with eyes like burning coals and a nose like an old acorn squash." When the three billy goats challenge a troll's thunderous threats in order to cross his bridge for a feast of clover grass, it's a story of brains over brawn, wits triumphing over wickedness. The video's second story is complementary to the first: 'Tis the saga of three pigs who contend with yet another villainous creature. Young viewers quickly learn that when a hungry wolf is huffing and puffing at your doorstep, a house made of bricks is a better choice than one built of straw or sticks. Better still is the tale's subtle message that wits and wisdom can outsmart even the fiercest of foes. Both 15-minute tales incorporate David Jorgensen's beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations, which are unfolded one by one in true storybook fashion. Original jazz arrangements by Art Lande add a sophisticated touch, making this a flick that will appeal to adults as well as kids. (Ages 4 and older) --Lynn Gibson
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