Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales

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A watch-and-grow-sleepy experience.
  • Review Date: September 16, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 26 minutes

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this kids over 6 are too old to appreciate the songs, yet not old enough to appreciate the choice of singers. Parents should also note that studies indicate television right before bedtime can stimulate kids' brains, making it more difficult for them to fall asleep.

What's the story?

Following an animated opening featuring Tony Bennett, the picture-book Goodnight Moon -- a favorite with children for generations -- takes flight in a poetic and beautifully rendered retelling. Here night is depicted as a time and place of comfort. Along with much clever animation throughout, Billy Crystal reads "There's a Nightmare in My Closet," Natalie Cole brings Faith Ringgold's "Tar Beach" to life, Patti LaBelle tackles "Twinkle, Twinkle," and Lauryn Hill gives a hip-hop-influenced rendition of "Hush Little Baby." Aaron Neville performs "Brahm's Lullaby" to the animated accompaniment of various animals hitting the sack. Animated musical segments are interspersed with short live-action pieces. Here kids share insights into various aspects of the world of sleep. James and his sister Chloe address whether James, who is blind, is able to see in his dreams. Junior Native Americans build dreamcatchers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GOODNIGHT MOON is a comforting multicultural stroll with the Sandman through the realm of sleep. The video, tenuously linked to the ever-popular children's book Goodnight Moon, features gorgeous animation, cute and funny real-kid segments, and rich musical offerings from the likes of Aaron Neville and Patti LaBelle. Parents may find themselves watching the video for the celebrity performances even after the wee ones are tucked away.

A lot of the bedtime bases get covered here, from nightmares to blankies. And while a lot of the musical segments might be somewhat frivolous, the interviews with real kids deal with important issues. The segment with a blind boy and his sister is particularly affecting, addressing disability without being in the least condescending.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the bedtime themes covered in the songs and stories, such as blankies, dreams, and nightmares.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 2000
DVD release date:March 15, 2005
Cast:Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Tony Bennett
Director:Ivan Reitman
Studio:HBO
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:26 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old August 3, 2009

The lullabies in here are fine

This film has cute lullabies but some monsters under the bed or in the closet and things like that.
Adult Written byLilyPad250 April 9, 2008

Very Sweet

I get warm fuzzies when I watch this with my 2 year old. The lullabies are very soothing, the stories are nice and seem to have appeal to several ethnic groups and both sexes. The children's comments are adorable and make ME laugh, but seem to bore my daughter.
Adult Written byJH April 9, 2008

Scary ideas about going to sleep

I am glad that I sat down to watch this one with my 3.5 year old. I turned it off after about 5 minutes. The story parts are very good, but the scenes in between where young children talk about bad dreams, monsters under the bed, needing nightlights, etc. were inappropriate. My child is not currently afraid of the dark, but certainly would be if allowed to watch this. They should have stuck with the gentle storylines and left out the children's fear-based views of bedtime.

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