Fiction DVD & Videocassettes
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TALE: Churchill Films, 1990.
A delightful fantasy about a boy who discovers where his garbage really
goes. He travels to landfills, incinerators, compost bins and recycling
centers. He learns about resources and pollution and ways to live in
harmony with our Earth.
GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK: Weston Woods, 2003.
Summary: Duck rewrites the instructions left by Farmer Brown to his brother Bob who will be in charge while Farmer Brown is on vacation. The animals enjoyed pizza and bubble baths. Based on the book b Doreen Cronian. (9 min.)
AND THE THREE BEARS: Playhouse Video, c1986.
A mischievous child invades the lives of three bears starring Tatum
O'Neil, Hoyt Axton, and Alex Karras.
THE TERRIBLE EATER; GILA MONSTERS MEET YOU AT THE AIRPORT.: Children's
Video Library, 1986, c 1983.
Presents a reading of the books Gregory
the Terrible Eater and Gila
Monsters Meet You at the Airport. Host LeVar Burton visits a zoo and
the Arizona desert to investigate the habits of goats and Gila monsters.
TRAVELS:Hallmark Home Entertainment, c1996.
Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Ned Beatty star in the
adaptation of Jonathan Swift's novel where an 18th century
physican takes eight years of travel through a variety of fantastical
lands, only to have everyone but his wife take him for a madman when he
IS GRINCH NIGHT: Playhouse Video, 1985.
The sleepy peace of Whoville is disturbed by the howling soursweet wind,
signaling the beginning of Grinch
Soon the evil Grinch sets forth with his dreaded paraphernalia wagon to
terrorize the villagers, all of whom are paralyzed with fear. But one
little boy, young Eukariah, sets out to save his family and the town.
AND GRETEL: Playhouse Video,CBS/F0X, , c1986.
Two children lost in the woods stop to snack on a gingerbread house and
almost become dinner for the witch who resides within. Ricky Schroder,
Joan Collins, Paul Dooiey and Bridgette Andersen star in this
BIRTHDAY, MOON: Weston Woods Studio, 1985.
Tells the story of the bear who wants to give the moon a birthday
present. He travels to the top of a mountain where he believes his
echoing voice to be the moon answering his questions.
HAPPY PRINCE: Random House Home Video, 1986.
Here, beautifully animated, is Oscar Wilde's sensitive story of a statue
with a tender heart. The story tells of the friendship between the jewel
encrusted statue and a little swallow and how together they give all
they have to help feed the poor.
AND THE PURPLE CRAYON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT HAROLD: Weston Woods
Meet Harold, who gets whatever he wants as long as he can draw it with
his purple crayon. Next,
Harold is determined to find out why nothing grows in an enchanted
garden, but must reckon with a big-footed giant.
Then Harold draws a picture for his room and steps right into it
to begin his next adventure. Finally, Gene Deitch discusses what he learned from
author/illustrator Crockett Johnson about the “seemingly simple”.
THE SPY: Paramount, 1996.
Summary: Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O'Donnell star in adaptation of novel by Louise Fitzhugh. Eleven year old Harriet, an accomplished spy who records everything in her notebook and finds herself shunned by her friends after they read her notebook. (1 hour & 30 min.)
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. Scholastic, 2000.
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter enters his fourth year at Hogwarts
Academy where he is entered in a contest that challenges his wizarding
skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is
This is not the feature film; it is J. K. Rowling reading from her
favorite passage. (15 min.)
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2002.
Summary: Feature film based on the first in the series of novels by J.K. Rowling. Rescued from his negligent aunt and uncle, Harry enters the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft where learns he is the son of two powerful wizards and has magical powers of his own. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith. (152 min.)
THE HAT: Weston Woods Studios, c1993.
Summary: A black top ht with magic powers blows into the life of a penniless veteran and makes him a wealthy man before blowing away again. Based on the book by Tomi Ungerer. (6 min.)
Playhouse Video, 1988, 1937.
The orphan Heidi is sent to live with her unwelcoming grandfather high
in the Swiss Alps. A wicked aunt removes Heidi; but her grandfather, won
over by Heidi's feisty ways, wins her back.
(1 hour & 28 min.)
HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURGH: Weston Woods Studios, 200?
Summary: Based on book by D.B. Johnson that recounts Henry David Thoreau walking through the woods to Fitchburg while his friend works hard to earn the train fare. (10 min.)
THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, c2000.
the Christmas celebration of Who-ville. Also included is "Horton
hears a Who!" in which a big-eared elephant named
protects the tiny inhabitants of Who-ville. Presents the tale of the
mean-spirited Grinch and his attempts to
Beacon Films, c1982.
Dramatizes problems of adolescent identity through the story of a
fictional girl whose growing friendship with an apprentice comedian
forces her to question who she is, not what others want her to be, and
eventually to achieve self-confidence as a clever writer and deft comic.
OF HEARTS: Beacon Films, c1987.
Plump, preteen Elizabeth is assigned the role of the Jack of Hearts in a
ballet recital. Despite
misgivings about her own emerging femininity and the lumpish costume,
Elizabeth carries off the performance until the curtain call when a
classmate's antics push her to loudly proclaim that she is “not a
AND THE BEANSTALK: Rabbit Ears Productions, Inc., c1991.
Animated version of classic British tale of young Jack, who trades cow
for beans and then climbs the beanstalk and encounters series of
misadventures with dim-witted ogre and his spouse.
AND THE BEANSTALK: Playhouse Video CBS/FOX, c1986.
Dennis Christopher, Jean Stapleton, Elliot Gould and Katherine Helmond
star in adaptation where Jack, after trading a cow for five magic
sprouting beans, climbs the resulting full-grown beanstalk and has an
encounter with two giants.
HAVE I LOVED: Public Media Video, c1989.
Wonderworks Video of Newbery Award Winning book by Kathleen Patterson.
Sixteen year old Louise dreams of escaping Chesapeake Bay community and
the shadow of her talented twin sister Caroline.
HENRY: Rabbit Ears Productions, 1992.
Tells the legend of John Henry, the mightiest, doggone greatest nation
builder the country's ever seen, who single handedly defeats the steam
drill in a steel-driving competition.
HENRY. Scholastic/Weston Woods c1998.
Summary: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain. Based on the book by Julius Lester. (18 min.)
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JOHN HENRY: Disney Educational Productions, c1999.
Summary: Through animation and song, Henry's wife tells the story of her husband and his legend as a "steel driving man." The story begins with the Emancipation Proclamation, relates the Westward Expansion, and conveys African-American heritage. As John Henry competes with a steam drill to drill through a mountain of rock, he collapses from exhaustion. Mrs. Henry celebrates her husband's life rather than mourn his death. (10 min.)
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JOHNNY APPLESEED: Weston Woods Studios, c2000.
Summary: Adaptation of the popular picture book written by Reeve Lindbergh and illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen. Mary McDonnell's expressive voice transforms the poem into a story of John Chapman that will hold children's attention. (18 min.)
APPLESEED: Rabbit Ears Productions, c1992.
The story of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) whose distribution of apple
seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a
legacy still enjoyed today.
APPLESEED: Playhouse Video, c1989.
"...Johnny Appleseed, the American legend, who traveled the
frontier wearing a burlap sack, sporting a pot for a hat, and carrying a
pouch full of apple seeds..."
TREMAIN: Walt Disney Home Video, 
Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York star in movie based on book by
Esther Forbes where Johnny Tremain, a silversmith's apprentice, takes
part in the Boston Tea Party and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
(1 hour & 20 min.)
BROWN, ROSE, AND THE MIDNIGHT CAT: Weston Woods Studios, c1982.
Tells the story of the lonely woman, who accepts a cats intrusion into
her life, much to the displeasure of her dog John Brown.
SONG: Marsh Media, c1989.
Uses the story of a singing koala to teach children the importance of
each one developing it's own talents, and that it is best not to worry
about being different.
TIME: MCA Home Video, c1989.
Littlefoot, a young brontosaurus, sets off on a journey in search of the
Great Valley where dinosaurs can live in peace and safety. On this
amazing journey, he meets four other young dinosaurs and they have
(1 hour & 9 min.)
LEGEND OF THE INDIAN PAINTBRUSH: Great Plains National Instructional
LeVar persues Native-American folklore as he visits Taos Pueblo.
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: Playhouse Video, c1989.
A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter,
has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
COLORS, AND DUCKS: Apollo Educational Video, c1986.
A series of short pieces that feature colors, the alphabet and other
topics. Narrated by Bill Cosby and intended for ages 3 through 8.
LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: Vestron Video, 1985.
The adventures of two brothers and two sisters who cross through an
enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia.
(1 hour & 35 min.)
KNUFFLE BUNNY: Weston Woods Studios, c2006.
Summary: Based on Mo Willems book that relates story of losing a favorite stuffed animal at the laundromat. (10 min.)
LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE AND THE GREAT GREY BRIDGE: Weston Woods Studios, [198?]
Summary: Based on the book by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward that recounts the story of a little red lighthouse's fear of being useless when the George Washington Bridge is built across the Hudson River. (9 min.)
TIM AND THE BRAVE SEA CAPTAIN: Weston Woods Studios, 1976
Relates the adventures of a stowaway boy, including his
friendship with captain and crew and their near shipwreck during a
RED RIDING HOOD: Playhouse Video, 1983.
A hungry wolf puts excitement and danger into a girl's visit to
Grandma's house deep in the woods.
LON PO PO: Weston Woods Studios, 2006
Summary: Based on Caldecott Medal book by Ed Young, this is the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood where the mother leaves her children as she travels to visit grandmother. The three children outwit the wolf who pretends to be their Po Po, or granny. (10 min.)
LONG WALK HOME: Miramax Films, 1991.
Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is Odessa Cotter, a quietly
dignified woman, who works as a housekeeper for Miriam Thompson (Academy
Award winner Sissy Spacek). When Odessa honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott
by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam offers her
a ride. Defying both Miriam's
racist husband (Dwight Schultz) and the powerful White Citizen's
Council, Miriam and Odessa
put their lives in danger for civil rights.
Their shared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect and
lasting friendship forms. Together,
in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a
LORAX: Playhouse Video, c1989.
"The Lorax" is a lovable creature who speaks for the trees,
trying to stop the profit-greedy Onceler from destroying the forest.
TREE: Texture Films, [198-?].
Tells an African folktale about a homely, unloved twin brother who finds
happiness and wealth after he discovers a magic tree.
FUN!: Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.
Buddy, the Elephant, and Pip the mouse, and a host of loveable
puppets bring fun, humor, and songs to delight and stimulate young
children's imaginations, while they learn about the world around them.
MAX'S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN AND OTHER STORIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: Weston Woods Studios, c1993.
Animated versions of four children's stories. Contents: Max's
Chocolate Chicken, Each Peach Pear Plum, Picnic, The Circus Baby.
MEMBER OF THE WEDDING: Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1992.
Summary: A 12 year old girl learns about life when her sister gets married and a young boy dies. Based on the book by Carson McCullers. Stars Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Arthur Franz, Nancy Gates. (1 hour & 30 min.)
MISS RUMPHIUS: Weston Woods Studios, 2000.
Summary: Based on children's classic by Barbara Cooney, this film combines live action with the reading of the book. A lady dressed to resemble Miss Rumphius begins and ends the video. The story is read by Clare Danes. (18 min.)
DICK: MGM/ UA, 1996.
Consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab has but one purpose in life----
revenge on the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. Sailor
Ishmael tells the story of Captain Ahab, who sails on avengeful quest to
slay the legendary white whale known as Moby Dick.
MOBY DICK: USA Pictures, 1998.
Stewart heads all-star cast featuring Henry Thomas, Ted Levine,
and Gregory Peck. Based on the novel by Herman Melville. Originally broadcast on the Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1998.
MAN: Weston Woods Studios, [198-?].
The man in the moon outwits the police in several escapades on Earth
with the help of his waxing and waning powers and the friendship of a
three-hundred-year old scientist.
DISAPPEARING BAG: Weston Woods Studios, 1982.
Morris, the youngest child, is spurned on Christmas morning by his
brothers and sisters. He is not having much fun until he discovers a
present he had overlooked--a disappearing bag that makes
MOST WONDERFUL EGG IN THE WORLD: Weston Woods Studios, 1986.
Tells a story about a king who must choose the most beautiful egg laid
by one of three hens.
MINIVER: MGM/ UA Home Video, 1989, 1942.
A family in a small English town struggles through the 1940 bombing of
England by Germany; the title character exemplifies fortitude for her
family. Based on the novel of the same title.
(2 hours & 15 min.)
BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: Weston Woods Studios, c1988.
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad‑tempered and the other
kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
WAY SALLY: Marsh Media, c1989.
Uses the story of a young foxhound as she learns to lead the pack, to
teach children that leadership requires thought and energy.
FRIENDS!: Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.
Buddy, the elephant, and Pip, the mouse, and a host of loveable puppets
bring fun, humor, and songs to delight and stimulate young children's
imaginations, while they learn about the world around them.
NIGHTINGALE: CBS/FOX video, c1986.
Despite being neglected by the emperor for a jewel‑studded bird,
the little nightingale revives the dying ruler with its beautiful song.
PIONEERS!: Republic Pictures Home Video, 1992.
At the turn of the century, an immigrant daughter inherits her family's
Nebraska farm and her father's fierce love for the land.
Fifteen years later she has made the family a fortune through her
canny management of the farm, but has never forgotten the young man who
left the prairie to seek his fortune.
(1 hour & 30 min.)
FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH: Random House Video, 1989.
A story in verse in which one creature after another runs into zany
situations. Designed to increase students' awareness of phonemic
patterns and verbal and visual imagery.
OTHER BOSTON TEA PARTY: New England Foundation for the Humanities,
This play written by Jack Carroll depicts the moral conflict among the
colonists who are attempting to ratify the Constitution.
Samuel Adams disagrees with Harrison Grey Otis who founded a Tea
Weston Woods Studios, 1995.
Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before
he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a
solution that makes everyone happy.
MOON: Weston Woods Studios, 1989.
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into
the woods to see the great horned owl.
TO THE SEA. National Film
Board of Canada, 
The odyssey of a toy Indian in a canoe who was carved by an Indian boy
and sent down the waterways from Canada's northern forest above the
Great Lakes to the sea.
Weston Woods Studios, [198-?].
Tells the story of Little Bear and Little Tiger, who leave their
comfortable home to go in search of Panama, the land of their dreams,
and end up in the most beautiful place in the world.
BOUTIQUE: BBC TV, Films inc., c1981.
Chinese story animated and set to music.
PARADINE CASE: Key Video, 1988.
In a suspenseful courtroom drama, a beautiful woman is accused of having
murdered her husband.
(1 hour & 54 min.)
Weston Woods Studios, [c1973].
Uses animation to tell the story of a fiddler who imbues the creatures
of the countryside with color and movement, showing the effect of music
on the spirit.
BILL: Sony Video Software Co., c1988.
An animated story about Pecos Bill the brother of coyotes, creator of
Great Salt Lake, and rider of cyclones.
BILL, KING OF THE COWBOYS: Playhouse video, c1989.
In Texas' early days, Governor Peasely is determined to make the entire
state quiet and boring. But he can't stop Pecos Bill, who believes one
should "grab life by the horns and get down in the dirt and wrassle
THE PIG: Children's Video Library, 1985.
Presents a reading of the book Perfect
The Pig by Susan Jeschke. Shot on location in Hawaii and features
Kermit the Frog. Hosted by LeVar Burton.
PAN: Goodtimes Home Video, c1990.
Peter Pan teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly to Never-Never Land,
where they share some exciting adventures with Indians and pirates.
(1 hour & 40 min.)
AND THE WOLF AND OTHER TALES: Vestron Video, Shire Films, 1985, 1982.
Ray Bolger hosts this retelling of Peter
and the Wolf, Beware the Jabberwock, The Ugly Duckling.
(1 hour & 22 min.)
Weston Woods Studios, 1991.
A nonverbal story about a little mouse who gets lost while on the way to
a family picnic.
PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN: Playhouse Video, c1986.
A wandering piper is hired by a selfish mayor to rid his village of
rats; but when the mayor refuses to pay him, the piper plays his way out
of town, leading all the children of Hamelin after him--never
to be seen again.
Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1986.
Classic fairy tale starring James Coburn, Carl Reiner, Paul Reubens and
PRINCESS AND THE PEA:
Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1987, c1983.
A prince's domineering mother insists on an unusual test to find a true
Stars Liza Minnelli, Tom Conti, and Shelley Duvall. (50 min.)
PRINCESS WHO HAD NEVER LAUGHED: CBS/FOX, Video, c1986.
A forlorn princess grows up in a family without humor. Her father, the
king, even demands to be called "Your Seriousness." As she
becomes more and more morose, the king decrees a Royal laugh-off
to make his daughter happy.
IN BOOTS: CBS/Fox Video, c1985.
Puss dresses up from head to boots and cons fame and fortune to help his
master at the court of the king. His master becomes the hit of the court
and the heartthrob of the lovely princess until an Ogre threatens to run
Puss up a tree.