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The Talking Parcel (1978)

A little girl finds an odd parcel on the seashore, and in It a talking parrot who takes her on an epic journey to a fantasy land called Mythologia to rescue a wizard imprisoned by an evil cockatrice. They must gather allies along the way.

Director:

Brian Cosgrove
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lisa Norris Lisa Norris ... Penelope (voice)
Freddie Jones ... Parrot (voice)
Mollie Sugden ... Hortense, the Flying Train (voice)
Roy Kinnear ... Ethelred (voice)
Edward Kelsey Edward Kelsey ... H.H. Junketbury (voice)
Windsor Davies ... Chief Cockatrice (voice)
Michael Hordern ... Oswald, the Sea Serpent (voice)
Peter Woodthorpe ... Werewolf (voice)
Harvey Ashby Harvey Ashby ... Duke Wensleydale (voice)
Raymond Mason Raymond Mason ... (voice)
Daphne Oxenford Daphne Oxenford ... (voice)
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A little girl finds an odd parcel on the seashore, and in It a talking parrot who takes her on an epic journey to a fantasy land called Mythologia to rescue a wizard imprisoned by an evil cockatrice. They must gather allies along the way.

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Certificate:

Unrated

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le paquet qui parle(TV) i.e. the talking parcel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cosgrove Hall Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Big Trouble From A Small Parcel
16 June 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Cosgrove/Hall Production.

THE TALKING PARCEL washed up on a beach discloses a pushy parrot who whisks a small girl off on a perilous adventure to rescue an old wizard from horrible cockatrices.

Based on the book by Gerald Durrell and adapted by the very talented Rosemary Anne Sisson, this British animated film features non-stop action, a few chuckles and some genuinely scary moments. The climactic castle siege - with the brave weasels and their friends attacking the evil cockatrices - is suspenseful and exciting.

A quintet of top British character actors adds greatly to the success of the proceedings: Freddie Jones, Roy Kinnear, Windsor Davies, Peter Woodthorpe & Sir Michael Hordern. Jones' rendition of 'Moon Carrot Pie,' the song sung over the opening credits, perfectly sums up the film's whimsical nature.

The quality of the animation is competent throughout, but it pales alongside the stupendous work Cosgrove/Hall would subsequently produce in the field of stop-motion animation, most especially their wonderful short feature & series based on THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1983).


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