The Velveteen Rabbit - It is loving that makes it real

Saturday, October 23, 2010

We just finished watching The Velveteen Rabbit. I must admit, the story lacks the frills and excitement that most animations have but I must say, I love this movie. This is one that I'll keep and watch over and over with my little girl.

The story is about a young boy, Toby Morgan, who was left with his grandmother for the Christmas Holiday. Since his mother died, his father absorbed himself with work to distance himself. The less time he spent with Toby, the less pain he felt, or so he thought.

While wandering about in his grandmother's house, Toby stumbled upon the attic and found a gift box addressed to him. It was a velveteen rabbit, a forgotten gift, from his mother Sarah. In his loneliness, he imagined a whole new world of make-believe with his Rabbit and some other old friends, Swan and Horse.

With a strict grandmother, a busy father, a lonely boy who only wishes that his father spends Christmas with him, and a rabbit who wishes to be real, the plot is very predictable. Maybe it's how the story unfolds or the switches between animation and reality, whatever it was, I think my little 2 year old understood the story. It wasn't just watching cartoons for her, she was actually trying to follow the story.

Anyway, with a predictable plot, do you think Toby's father spent Christmas with him? And do you think the Rabbit also got his wish? Let me know when you watch it :)

Hope you're all having a great Saturday!

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