Friday, October 28, 2016

Stick Man DVD & Book

Public Media Distribution, LLC announced today it is releasing “STICK MAN” on DVD November 8, 2016. From Magic Light Pictures, the makers of “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom,” this beautifully animated adventure tells the tale of Stick Man and his epic adventure across the seasons in order to make it home to his family in time for Christmas. This film is based on the beloved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

While out for a jog, Stick Man is carried away from his family tree by a mischievous dog eager to play fetch! As he tries to make his way back to his “Stick Lady Love and their stick children three,” things only get worse as he finds himself farther and farther from home. Alone and weary, Stick Man longs to be reunited with his family for Christmas. Will a chance encounter with Santa Claus be his ticket home?   

Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit,” “Sherlock”) voices Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) voices Santa, and the story is narrated by Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”). Also helping bring Donaldson’s alluring and bouncy rhymes to life in this heartwarming family treasure are Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), Sally Hawkins (“Paddington”) and Russell Tovey (“Being Human”).

In addition to featuring this charming tale, the DVD includes a behind the scenes documentary about the transformation of the delightful book into a captivating film. In this 20 minute video, viewers are treated to a look into how the design of the characters and environments came about, and the creation of the beautiful film score. The documentary also includes wonderful insights from Julia Donaldson, director Jeroen Jaspaert, composer Rene Aubry, and many others.

STICK MAN” will be released on DVD November 8, 2016. The story has a run time of approximately 30 minutes. The DVD SRP is $12.99. “STICK MAN” will also be available for digital download.

My Thoughts

Stick Man is such an adorable story.  The book is written is classic rhyme, and takes us through the many adventures of Stick Man  after a dog runs away with him. His only goal is to return to his stick family. He searches for them as the seasons change. He winds up in a river, kidnapped by birds, and used in a sand castle to name just a few of his many mishaps. He even  winds up in a wood pile ready to get burned in the fire. Finally, his meets a special man in a red suit who helps Stick Man find his way home.

The film adaption of this book stays very true to the original book. It runs about 30 minutes, and gives us a chance to see Stick Man on the small screen. My children really enjoyed this story. Especially when stick man finally gets to rejoin his family on Christmas morning. 


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