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Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman and Other Scary Stories

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Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman and Other Scary Stories

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
37 minutes
distributor:
Children's Circle
genre:
Kids and Family

We gave it a B+

Parents ought to stay close at hand while their kids watch Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman and Other Scary Stories, at least the first time. The title story is chilling, and the others could elicit high scores on the heebie-jeebie meter, especially from young children.

Peter Rabbit proved that nothing holds kids’ attention like a story about the consequences of spurning a mother’s warning-the theme of ”Teeny-Tiny.” Teeny-Tiny’s mom tells him and his two brothers to stay out of the forest because a witch-woman lives there-but they go anyway. The Witch-Woman, intent on eating the boys and adding their bones to her fence, has bony fingers, few teeth, and a forked tongue, and her voice creaks like a rusty hinge. Eerie music and spooky critters heighten the suspense.

No lives are on the line in ”King of the Cats,” but it’s spellbinding nonetheless. A gravedigger, having witnessed cats carrying a coffin, relates the frightening sight to his wife. The reaction of their cat, who hears the story, brings the tale to a startling conclusion.

No lives are on the line in ”King of the Cats,” but it’s spellbinding nonetheless. A gravedigger, having witnessed cats carrying a coffin, relates the frightening sight to his wife. The reaction of their cat, who hears the story, brings the tale to a startling conclusion.

More mysterious than scary, ”The Rainbow Serpent” is an Australian folktale about how a creature’s wanderings contributed to the geography Down Under. It’s a wonderful story poorly presented. The narrator’s aboriginal accent can be difficult to understand, the intentionally primitive drawings are often hard to decipher, and the monotonous background music is jarring.

”A Dark Dark Tale” is delightful and cute. It’s a mystery about a dark, dark moor…in which there was a dark, dark wood…in which there was a dark, dark house. It winds up in a box in a dark, dark cabinet. Inside is…well, that’s a secret — and a dark, dark one at that. B+

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