The Boxcar Children – a movie? {Review & Giveaway}

Did you read The Boxcar Children Mysteries when you were a kid? I did, and I LOVED them. It’s one of those series that survives through the ages. My 9 year old actually just finished reading the first book, so when I was offered a chance to review the new movie, “The Boxcar Children,” I jumped at it.

Of course, we all know that the movie is never as good as the book, but this one came close. You can read my review and book comparison below, but I also wanted to let you know that I also scored a free copy of this DVD for one of my readers. You can enter at the bottom of this post.

the boxcar childrenMovie Review & Book Comparison

As I said, my 9 year old had just finished the book. I had tried to read it to all of them a month or so ago, but it didn’t hold the interest of my 6 year old twin girls, and my 11 year old (12 this week) wasn’t that interested either. However, all of them loved this movie. They watched it 3 or 4 times in a row before I suggested they picked a different movie.

The animation was a bit underdeveloped if you ask me, but the kids didn’t mind, and, honestly, it didn’t really take away from the movie. I personally would have preferred it to have actors vs. animated, but the producers didn’t ask me, so I digress.

As any book made into a movie, there were some differences. I found it interesting that some of the conversations were word-for-word what was written in the book, while others weren’t. Also worth noting was the fact that while almost all of the events in the book were in the movie, they weren’t always in the right order, and sometimes little things changed — like the scene where the baker and his wife are looking for the kids. In the book, the kids hide from them and then go a different way so they don’t find them. In the movie, the baker and his wife actually find them and chase them for a little ways. In the book, they sleep in the woods during the rainstorm and find the boxcar in the morning, in the movie they find the boxcar during the rainstorm and never sleep in the woods. Instead of growing a cucumber in a bottle it was an apple. Little stuff like that, nothing major though.

All-in-all, it was a great family movie. We really enjoyed it, the kids loved it, and it brought back great memories of books from my childhood. We actually own two copies of this one (one paperback and one hardcover). It could also be a great way to introduce kids into the series and encourage them to read the other books.

Get the DVD from Amazon
(releases August 19th, 2014)

Get Book 1 from Amazon Here 
(available in paperback, hardcover, Kindle eBook, and audio editions)

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15 Robin Williams Quotes

Robin Williams

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.” ~ Robin Williams as Lance in World’s Greatest Dad

 

“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.” ~ Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

 

“Why *vote* for Congressmen or Senators? Why don’t we just pick those guys the same way we pick a jury? At least we’ll get a much more interesting cross-section.” ~ Robin Williams as Tom Dobbs in Man of the Year

 

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” ~ Robin Williams as Patch Adams

 

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” ~ Robin Williams

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~ Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

 

“My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.” ~ Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire

 

“The difference between a stand-up comic and a rock star is this: Women don’t rush the stage and holler at the comic, “This is *your* child!” No, if women throw their underwear on stage for us comics… that’s because they need it fluffed, folded and back by Friday.” ~ Robin Williams as Tom Dobbs in Man of the Year

 

“I may be going out on a limb here, but you don’t seem like a happy camper.” ~ Robin Williams as Parry in The Fisher King

 

“I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.” ~ Robin Williams

 

“I’ll tell you what a paramecium is! That’s the paramecium! It’s a one-celled critter with no brain, that can’t fly! Don’t mess with me man, I’m a lawyer!” ~ Robin Williams as Peter in Hook

 

“Thank you for choosing “Magic Carpet” for all your travel needs. Don’t stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye. Thank you. Goodbye.” ~ Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin

 

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” ~ Robin Williams as Wizard in August Rush

 

(In martian voice) “We’ve come to this planet looking for intelligent life. Oops, we made a mistake.”  Robin Williams as Daniel in Mrs. Doubtfire

 

“Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.” Robin Williams as Patch Adams

 

“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” ~ Robin Williams as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting

“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” – Sean Maguire

 

You can learn more about Robin Williams in this unauthorized documentary by Andy Dougan:

What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

Leave your answer in the comments below!



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