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Banjo the Woodpile Cat

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Great animation, so-so story.

Movie NR 1982 28 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

A good first film for Don Bluth

Though amazing tame for a Bluth production. The visuals might be a bit too extreme for a really little kid, but the film is very sweet and Banjo himself is adorable.

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After leaving Disney, animator Don Bluth set out to create his own animated films equal in quality to the Disney classics he helped create; to an extent, he succeeded here. BANJO THE WOODPILE CAT is Bluth's first attempt and it has the look of a classic Disney feature of the 1940s. In the scene in which Banjo tries to find shelter during a rainstorm, the animation is tour de force. The animators depict not only the falling rain, but also the raindrop splashes on the ground and the ripples they create in puddles of water.

Where the film falters is in its by-the-numbers story. Banjo runs away, discovers the outside world isn't as wonderful as he thought, and returns home. The filmmakers fail to include the drama and humor necessary to bring Banjo's plight to life. Still, younger viewers should enjoy the cute characters, while not encountering anything too threatening. And parents can heartily approve of the film's "There's no place like home" moral.

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