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.
Movie 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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