Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Littlest Angel Review

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The Littlest Angel tells the story of a young boy who arrives in heaven before his time.  Home-sick and lonely, he will travel back to earth, with his friendly pup Halo, to retrieve a most selfless and precious gift for The Baby Jesus. First released in book form in 1946, The Littlest Angel became popular for its ornate words and phrases paired with beautifully muted oil paintings. Tazewell’s book was adapted into a TV musical in 1969 starring Johnny Whitaker, and theatrical versions continue to be done by schools and church groups today. The author would follow-up with another childhood favorite, "The Littlest Snowman," that would be read annually on the “Captain Kangaroo” show. 

“This is a story that has made so many people happy over the years,” says Lance Thompson, one of the producers of the film. “We’ve added some new elements to this production, but this is still The Littlest Angel everyone remembers from their childhood, and one that parents will enjoy introducing to their kids. I think Tazewell would enjoy knowing his work lives on.” 

It’s a modern twist on the timeless tale of an Angel that discovers the greatest gifts in life are faith, friendship and doing the right thing. This new version of The Littlest Angel features wonderful animation and great vocal talent, including Ron Perlman (“Beauty and The Beast,” Tangled), and is sure to become a holiday favorite, much like the book it’s based on. The Littlest Angel is a motion picture that will put a smile on everyone’s face, and what better gift is there than that.

Oh gosh, I remember having this book as a child! When I learned it was coming to DVD I was anxious to see if they were able to bring the story to life while keeping that sweet feeling of innocence that I found in the book. This little angel doesn't quite seem to fit in at Angel Academy, and ultimately he finds himself learning to be a great angel all on his own (but with the help of Halo). 

Watching this movie was really touching. It is a true story of friendship as Halo stands by his angel through it all. It is also so touching to see how the Littlest Angel slowly learns to do good deeds and earns his wings. It's a great story to share with young children and illustrate many good lessons.

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ElmoFan said...

I've never heard of this book or movie. But now I certainly will check it out!

Lara said...

It's really sweet!