Whispers: An Elephant's Tale

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Overview

Dereck Joubert's film is a cross between The Bear and Homeward Bound, but features an elephant in the lead role. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials feature a pair of animated shorts, Clown of the Jungle and Big Wash. This is a fine, if uninspired family oriented DVD that has a list price some might consider too high for a disc...
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Overview

Dereck Joubert's film is a cross between The Bear and Homeward Bound, but features an elephant in the lead role. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials feature a pair of animated shorts, Clown of the Jungle and Big Wash. This is a fine, if uninspired family oriented DVD that has a list price some might consider too high for a disc with so few extras.
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Special Features

"Clown of the Jungle" animated short; "Big Wash" animated short; Dolby Digital Surround Sound
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This direct-to-video live-action Walt Disney adventure mixes a bit of Bambi, a dash of The Incredible Journey, and a hearty dollop of Dumbo into a rich natural gumbo, breathtakingly photographed by Emmy Award-winning nature filmmaker Dereck Joubert. Joubert captures majestic landscapes and African wildlife in a way that may even distract déjà vu-inclined parents from the formulaic story. And kids are sure to be captivated by the journey of Whispers, an adorable newborn elephant who is separated from his mother, shunned by his adopted herd, and paired with fellow outcast Groove in a search for water and family. Lending their voices to the critters are Angela Bassett as Groove, Betty White, Anne Archer, Joan Rivers, and Joanna Lumley of Absolutely Fabulous. Although it earns a G rating, Whispers includes some scenes of forced separation, animal attacks by lions and tigers and crocodiles, oh my!, and gun-toting Takers poachers that may upset some youngsters.
All Movie Guide
Whispers recalls the by the numbers nature films with voices from 1960s TV, The Wonderful World of Disney, and feature film favorites such as 1963's The Incredible Journey. This foray into the animal kingdom isn't as charming as its predecessors, and adults will find the dialogue inane at times and the liberal borrowing from Bambi not a little insulting. Clearly, grown-ups are not the target audience, and children will find the wise-cracking anthropomorphism funny and the Lion King-like soundtrack warmly familiar. A brief nighttime attack by a pack of lions may alarm younger children.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 786936160789
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,642

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Bassett Voice Only
Joanna Lumley Voice Only
Anne Archer Voice Only
Debi Derryberry Voice Only
Alice Ghostley Voice Only
Betty White Voice Only
Kathryn Cressida Voice Only
Joan Rivers Voice Only
John DiMaggio Voice Only, Voice Only
Jeannie Elias Voice Only
Technical Credits
Dereck Joubert Director
Beverly Joubert Original Story
James Pentecost Associate Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Holly Goldberg Sloan Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [2:00]
2. A Bouncing Baby Boy [5:39]
3. The Life of an Elephant [4:27]
4. A Very Different Family [8:18]
5. Whispers and Groove [6:08]
6. Nature's Way [3:08]
7. The Takers [4:45]
8. Civilization [:07]
9. Surrounded by Lions [8:26]
10. A Great Team [3:52]
11. Whispers Finds Help [5:07]
12. Waterhole Ambush [6:55]
13. Welcome to the Family [7:51]
14. End Credits [2:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
   Bonus Materials
      The Big Wash
      Clown of the Jungle
   Sneak Peeks
      Walt Disney Treasures
      Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street
      Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In At The House Of The Mouse
      Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
      Dumbo
      Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent For The Family!!

    I watched this movie today on the wb 11 & it was soooo good. It's a cute movie. Very cute!!! It does remind you of the movie "Bambie" & "Dumbo" The bad thing was a fell asleep so I missed the ending. (lol) But besides that, this was a really great movie. It's perfect for the whole family. Anyone would love to see it. It's a movie you'll never forget!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh so good

    This is by far the best cute movie we have watched in a long long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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