THE ABSENTMINDED PROFESSOR
1961, Walt Disney Co., 97 min, USA, Dir: Robert Stevenson

Nominated for three Oscars, this classic spawned a sequel, has been remade twice, re-released to theaters in three different decades, colorized, copied and imitated but never replicated. A true original, shown here in its glorious Oscar-nominated lush black-and-white photography. Fred MacMurray stars as the absent minded professor, a loveable small time chemistry teacher who stumbles on a bouncing substance that defies gravity. Madcap hijinks ensue, climaxing with the greatest basketball game of all time. Smart, charming and hysterical, the film still delights youngsters of all ages. Great supporting work by an uproarious Keenan Wynn (look for his dad Ed Wynn as the Fireman), the beautiful Nancy Olson and Disney mainstay, Tommy Kirk.


MARY POPPINS
1964, Walt Disney Co., 140 min, USA, Dir: Robert Stevenson

When nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) comes to work for the Banks family in their turn-of-the-20th-century London household, she uplifts everyone’s spirits and brings magic to their lives. Dick Van Dyke is Bert, the good-natured chimney sweep, while the great Jane Darwell, in her last screen appearance, plays the bird lady. Features the classic musical numbers "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."


THE LAND BEFORE TIME
1988, Universal, 69 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

After a devastating tectonic plate-shifting disaster, five young dinosaurs - determined brontosaurus Littlefoot, headstrong triceratops Cera, babbling pterodactyl Petrie, adorable saurolophus Ducky and sleepy-eyed stegosaurus Spike - are left alone, and must embark on an incredible journey to reach their surviving family members. But Sharptooth, the tyrannosaurus rex responsible for the death of Littlefoot's mother (and one of the most terrifying villains in the history of animation), is never far away, and the little dinosaurs know they must confront the carnivorous monster before they can reach the utopian Great Valley. A wonderfully funny, sad and uplifting film about the search for family and the acceptance of difference, with resonant narration by Pat Hingle: “There had never been such a herd before. A long neck, a three-horn, a big mouth, a flyer and a spike-tail all together, all knowing that if they lost their way, they would starve or find themselves in Sharp Tooth's shadow.”


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