THE SECRET OF THE SWORD
1985, 100 min, USA, Dir: Ed Friedman, Lou Kachivas, Marsh Lamore, Bill Reed, Gwen Wetzler

When Filmation's after-school phenomenon “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” reached the big screen, it introduced She-Ra, Princess of Power, kickstarting a whole new companion series. On war-torn Etheria as the Great Rebellion battles the evil Horde, soldier Adora is drawn to the Sword of Protection and becomes a female He-Man once she utters “For the honor of Grayskull!” Heart, humor and action ensue with the help of robots, talking trees, witches and a unicorn in this imaginative, kid-friendly adventure.


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
1962, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, George Pal

This family fantasy favorite interweaves a fictional narrative about the storytelling brothers (played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) with a trio of their fairy tales: “The Dancing Princess,” “The Cobbler and the Elves” and “The Singing Bone.” The star-studded cast includes Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden, Jim Backus and Russ Tamblyn (who reprises his TOM THUMB role). Originally presented in Cinerama, this feast for the eyes and ears was an Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Music and Art Direction, and a winner for Best Costume Design.


THE PUPPETOON MOVIE
1987, 90 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Leibovit

George Pal’s pioneering shorts of the 1930s and ’40s influenced legions of stop-motion animators, so it’s only fitting that Art Clokey’s Gumby serves as host to this loving tribute to the master, including several of Pal’s Oscar-nominated Puppetoons in their entirety.


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