The Mousehole Cat was first a book by Sian Phillips. And, for once, a child's book has been adapted to a movie without losing any of the beauty of the wonderful drawings. And I say "drawings" because each page is a work of art.
This movie made me wish I still had little ones at home. I spent many years, trying to find the perfect movie to let them watch on Christmas Eve. A movie that was sweet. A movie that had a happy ending so there were no tears before bedtime. A movie that is ONLY 30 minutes long. A movie that would appeal to my two year old, my mother-in-law and myself. I would put this movie on between bath time and bedtime on Christmas Eve. But I definitely will have to watch it several times during the holiday season.
As a bonus feature, there is a "The Making of The Moushole Cat." Mousehole is a real place, off the tip of Cornwall, the land of my people.
From the Box:
"Based on an old Cornish legend, The Mousehole Cat tells the story of Tom Bawcock through the eyes of his cat, Mowzer. One winter, the Great Storm-Cat comes snarling and leaping at the harbor walls so that no boat can go out to fish. When all the food in the village is gone, Tom decides he must brave the terrible weather. As they sail into the mountainous seas, Mowzer sings a lullaby to calm the Great Storm-Cat of the sea. Tom catches enough fish to feed the entire village. And to this day, the people of Mousehole hold a procession and feast every Christmas in memory of brave Tom Bawcock."Just Don't Take My Word for it:
- "For me it has become a Christmas favorite."
- "The narration is wonderful. The voice is soft and calming."
- "It's one of the more quality stories I've ever seen for children (and adults).
- "It's a classic and should be in every one's library of time-tested DVDs."
- "This is so pretty to watch and the story is about friendship and responsibility."