January 19, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD Hal Scardino, Litefoot (1995, Columbia TriStar, PG, $22.95) Admit it: When you were a kid, you didn’t just make believe your toys were real — they were. The faith that animated that notion has been appealingly recaptured in this story of a little boy named Omri (Scardino) whose wooden cupboard has the power to bring toy figures to life. The Iroquois brave (Litefoot), who suddenly finds himself alive, three inches tall, and in the late 20th century, has some refreshingly sophisticated messages to impart, and in Omri he finds a willing student. Here’s hoping that among those families who missed his charm when he was in theaters, he will now find many more. B+

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