The Boxcar Children

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  • G
  • 2014
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.5  (605)

The Boxcar Children is a heart-felt animated movie released in 2014. It is based on the popular children's book series of the same name written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It tells the story of four young orphans, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who run away from their mean grandfather's custody and choose to live in an old, abandoned boxcar deep in the woods.

The movie begins by introducing the Alden family. The children's parents have passed away, and they are left to live with their grandfather, who is portrayed as cold and harsh. The siblings are desperate for a happy family life, but their grandfather seems not to care about them. They decide to run away and go into hiding.

The children stumble upon an old abandoned boxcar and quickly realize that it could serve as their new home. They take care of themselves by gathering berries, mushrooms, and vegetables, as well as catching fish in the nearby creek. They also embrace the freedom that comes with living in the woods, such as swimming in the creek and exploring the woods.

While they are living in their new home, the kids encounter different characters; some are friendly, and others are not. They befriend a kind baker named Dr. Moore, who gives them treats to eat and brings them to see her at her factory. Along the way, they also gain a new pet, a dog named Watch.

One day, the children receive a message that their grandfather wants them to come home. At first, the children are hesitant, but they realize that they cannot continue to survive in the woods forever. Upon their return, they discover that their grandfather had a change of heart and is remorseful for how he treated them. This change leads to a joyous family reunion as the Alden family is finally reunited and happy.

The animation in the movie is simple but pleasing to the eye. The characters are well drawn, and the lush forest scenery is beautiful. The voice acting is also top-notch. Illeana Douglas delivered a great performance as the voice of the kind baker Dr. Moore, and Mackenzie Foy's voice work as Violet is outstanding.

One of the most positive aspects of the movie is how it showcases the importance of family, trust, and love. The values conveyed in the movie are universal, and its story would appeal to children and adults alike. It is also heartwarming to see how the characters evolve throughout the movie. In the beginning, the Alden children are frightened, helpless and unsure of their future. However, as they embrace nature, they begin to grow in confidence and independence.

In conclusion, The Boxcar Children is a family-friendly movie that is suitable for all ages. The film captures the essence of the beloved book series, and its message of love, trust, and family is a timeless one. It is a great recommendation for families looking for a heartwarming and uplifting movie that explores the importance of family bonds. Fans of the book series may also find this adaptation enjoyable.

The Boxcar Children is a 2014 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

The Boxcar Children
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    6.5  (605)