The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island (PRNewsfoto/Fathom Events)
The Boxcar Children is one of the longest running children’s book series since Gertrude Chandler Warner penned the first entry in 1924. The series deals with the four Aldean kids and their dog. The siblings like to solve mysteries while living with their grandfather. And there’s plenty of mysteries with The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island, CGI animated adaptation of the second book in the series which will receive a special screening on May 8th after school.
Surprise Island takes the Aldean kids off for the summer to their grandfather’s place on an island. It’s a magical little place where the kids think they’ll be alone. But it turns out this won’t be a family only vacation. There’s the mysterious and helpful Joe hanging out there. The kids aren’t sure why he’s gotten away from society. But seeing how the book was written in 1949, Joe’s mystery isn’t too dark or disturbing for small kids. He also helps the Aldeans explore the island and learn its surprises.
The film is done in the same style as the previous The Boxcar Children feature that came out a few years ago. The simple animation allows kids to focus on the story and not get overwhelmed by technical marvels. The voice cast once again features Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now as the grandfather and J. K. Simmons (Oz & Whiplash) as Dr. Moore. They set an adult tone to give a sense that the kids aren’t completely running wild on the island.
The film is receiving a special screening after school on Tuesday, May 8th at theaters around the country as part of Fathom. The best way to find a theater and time near you is to visit the website at:
Joe Corey is the author of "The Seven Secrets of Great Walmart People Greeters." This is the last how to get a job book you'll ever need. He was Associate Producer of the documentary "Moving Midway." He's worked as local crew on several reality shows including Candid Camera, American's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ESPN's Gaters. He's been featured on The Today Show and CBS's 48 Hours. Dom DeLuise once said, "Joe, you look like an axe murderer." He was in charge of research and programming at the Moving Image Archive.