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Quality Children's Videos

These are loaned on the same terms as all the other videos in the collection. Simply give us a list of the titles you'd like to rent.

Here is a wonderful group of children's videos, selected for their quality and enduring value. Many of these are based on works of literature, and you will find a listing of appropriate companion books following some of the annotations.

This page will be an ongoing work in progress. We are gradually scanning the descriptions from a print catalog and will be adding many more videos as time goes by.

The catalog number follows the title, and you can order by listing either, but if you use the numbers alone be sure to indicate that you're ordering from the children's section.

Please overlook any irregularities of format and spelling in the descriptions below! We're still struggling with the intricacies of our Optical Text Recognition software.

Here is a title list of the great childrens
Videos Currently available from Clear Signal.

Please list the titles of the films youd like
to rent and send us the list.

Abel's Island
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Aesop's Fables
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Amazing Bone and Other Stories
Animal Alphabet
Anne of Green Gables
Annie Oakley
Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine
Arnold of the Ducks
Arthur's Eyes
Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Baby Animals Just Want to Have Fun
Baby's Bedtime Book
Baby's Storytime
Beauty and the Beast
Ben and Me
Black Stallion
Born Free
Boy with Green Hair
Brave One
Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit
C. L. U.T.Z.
Captain Kangaroo Fairy Tales
Carnival of the Animals
Casey at the Bat
Castle
Cat in the Hat
Cathedral
Charlotte's Web
Children of Theatre Street
Chocolate Fever
Cities of Coral
Close Encounters of the Deep Kind
Corduroy and Other Bear Stories
Cricket in Times Square
Darlin' Clementine
Desert Animals and Plants
Digging Up Dinosaurs
Dinosaur!
Dr. DeSoto and Other Stories
Dr. Seuss' ABC
Don't Eat the Pictures!
Elephant's Child
Emperor and the Nightingale
Emperor's New Clothes
Encyclopedia Brown
Fantastic Planet
Five Lionni Classics
Five Stories for the Very Young
Free to Be... You and Me
Frog
Gems, Metals and Minerals
Girl Who Spelled Freedom
Golden Seal
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Grendel, Grendel, Grendel
Grey Fox
Hansel and Gretel
Harlem Globetrotters: Six Decades of Magic
Hawk, I'm Your Brother
Hey, What About Me?
Hideaways
Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Hop on Pop
Hoppity Goes to Town
Horton Hears a Who
How Animals Talk
How the Leopard Got His Spots
How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin/How the Camel Got His Hump
How to Eat Fried Worms
I Can Dance!
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
In Search of the Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo
Inside the Soviet Circus
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Jacob Have I Loved
Jason and the Argonauts
Jungle Book (1943)
L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges
Last Unicorn
Life on Earth
Life on the Mississippi
Light Princess
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Little House on the Prairie
Little Women
Lorax
Love Story: the Canada Goose
Love Those Trains!
Lyle Crocodile in the House on East 88th Street
Madeline
Maia: a Dinosaur Grows Up
Man from Snowy River
Man of the Trees
Miracle of Life
Miracle Worker
Mouse and His Child
My Side of the Mountain
National Velvet
Neat Stuff to Know and Do
Neverending Story
Noah's Ark
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Orchestra
Pecos Bill
Peter and the Wolf and Other Tales
Phantom Tollbooth
Point
Poky Little Puppy's Favorite Stories
Puff the Magic Dragon
Puss-in Boots
Pyramid
Ramona: Goodbye, Hello
Ramona: New Pajamas
Rapunzel
Really Rosie
Red Balloon
Reluctant Dragon
Richard Scarry's Best ABC
Richard Scarry's Best 123
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Saving the Sistine Chapel
Secret Garden
Secret of NIMH
Selfish Giant
Signs of the Apes/Songs of the Whales
Smile for Auntie and Other Stories
Snowman
Song City U.S.A.
Sounder
Space, Earth and Atmosphere
Spiders
Squiggles, Dots and Lines
Story of Babar the Elephant
Tale of the Frog Prince
Tales of Beatrix Potter
Taro the Dragon Boy
Thumbelina
Toby McTeague
Tortoise and the Hare/Hill of Fire
Tree Grows in Brooklyn
True Grit
Ugly Duckling
Water and Weather
Watership Down
Where Did I Come From?
Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Wild Things Are
White Seal
Wind in the Willows
Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, Too!
Yearling

SELECTED ANNOTATIONS

Dance

THE CHILDREN OF THEATRE STREET
0063
Documentary. Narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco.
1978, 92 mm.

Behind the scenes look at the Kirov School of Leningrad, the elite institution in which the future ballet dancers of the Soviet Union are rigorously trained. These children are the cream, skimmed from thousands of applicants. They are expected to devote their lives to their art to the exclusion of all else. Fascinating.

BOOK[S

Krementz, Jill. A very young dancer. Knopf, 1976. (3-6)
Kukun, Susan. Going to my ballet class. Bradbury Press, 1989. (4-6)


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
0147
Opera. Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
1985, 40 mm.

This children's opera is based on Maurice Sendak's picture book of the same name, and Sendak wrote the libretto and designed the sets for this production. Max travels to the land of the Wild Things after being banished to his room for misbehavior. After being made their king and cavorting with them in a wild rumpus, the smell of his supper pulls him back through his fantasy to the warm security of his room.

Books

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things are. Harper, 1962. (K-3)
Preston, Edna Mitchell. The temper tantrum book. Viking, 1969. (P)
Hosenberg, Jane. Sing me a story; the Metropolitan Opera's book of opera stories for children; introduction by Luciano Pavoratti. Thames & Hudson, 1989. (4-6)


I CAN DANCE!
0186
Debra Maxwell
1989, 29 mm.

Make sure there is a lot of open space in the room before you pop this one in! This is actually a child's first ballet lesson, desi ned for ages seven and up by Debra Maxwell. There is an introduction to the ballet studio and discussion with a group of young students about their interest in ballet. The Five Basic Positions are covered along with some basic barre work, in a format geared towards audience participation.


L' ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES
0148
Ballet. The Nederlands Dans Theater.
1986, 50 mm.

Maurice Ravel's ballet is a good companion piece to Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are"- the energy from a little boy's temper tantrum animates the objects in his room. As they begin to dance and sing, he is swept up- and swept away- into their fantasy land. This is a must for young ballet students and a fine introduction to ballet for any child.




THE ORCHESTRA
0187
Voice of Peter Ustinov. Illustrations
by Alan Daniel.
1990, 40 mm.

Originally released as a record-and-book combination, this is a lively introduction to classical music and the parts of an orchestra. Different moods are evoked with snatches of well-known classical themes, and then individual instruments are high-lighted within selected pieces of music. Performed by the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, this video is in stereo, for those of you with the equipment to play it.

BOOKS

Rubin, Mark. The orchestra. Douglas & McIntyre, 1986. (1-4)


DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS - THE BARE NECESSITIES
0016
Animated.
1987, 27 mm.

A collage of vignettes from classic Disney films accompanied by the original tunes. Just follow the bouncing ball - well, actually it looks more like a mouse head. But that wont matter to the little ones, who'll be humming and singing these catchy ditties in no time.

Books

The New illustrated Disney songbook. Abrams, 1986.


Music

INSIDE THE SOVIET CIRCUS
0068
Documentary.
1988, 60 mm.

The Soviet Circus is considered a national treasure, supported by the government and viewed as an art form by the people. Nationa1 Geographic takes us behind the scenes at Moscow's Circus School to show us just how much hard work and dedication goes into the breathtaking performances that make up this amazing spectacle.

BOOKS

Krementz, Jill. A very young circus flyer. Knopf, 1982. (3-6)

Circus! Circus!;poems selected by Lee Benne~ Hopkins; illus by John O'Brien. Knopf, 1982 (1-3)



FREE TO BE... YOU AND ME
0150
Mar1o Thomas and friends.
l974, 44 min.

An impressive array of talent is gathered here, lending their creative energies to this joyous, self-affirming exploration of hopes, dreams and individuality.

BOOKS

Free to be,. you and me. Conceived by Mar1o Thomas; developed and edited by
Carole Hart and others. McGraw-Hill, 1974. (K-3)

Blume, Judy. The Pain and the Great One. Bradbury, 1984. (K-3)
Winthrop, Elizabeth. Tough Eddie. Dutton, 1985. (K-3)
Zolotow, Charlotte. William's doll. Harper, 1972. (K-3)
DePaola, Tomi. Oliver Button is a sissy. Harcourt, 1979. (K-3)



IN SEARCH OF THE WOW WOW WIBBLE WOGGLE
WAZZIE WOODLE WOO!
014O
Tim Noah.
1985, 55 min.

A most unusual, highly imaginative one-man show featuring the talented Tim Noah and a cast of larger~than-life puppet grotesques cavorting to an engaging, original score. Winner of 4 Emmy awards.

BOOKS

Dreacher, Henrik. Simon's book. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983. (K-3)
Burningham, John. Come away from the water, Shirley. Crowell, 1977. (K-3)
Mayer, Mercer. There's a nightmare in my closet. Dial Books for Young Readers,
1968. (K-3)
Gates, Frieda. Easy to make monster masks and disguises. Prentice-Hall, 1981

DONT EAT THE PICTURES
0087
Cast of Sesame Street
1987, 60 mm.

Join Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a great way to introduce little children to the idea of museums in general, or to prepare them for a visit to your local art gallery.

BOOKS:
Brown, Laurene Krasny and Marc Brown. Visitingthe art museum. Dutton, 1986.
(K-3)
Talking to the sun. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.
deLarmat, Max-Henri. Skyblue; translated by Carole Richards. Abrams, 1990. (2-6)


SAVING THE SISTINE CHAPEL
0119
Documentary.
1988, 60 MIN.

This NOVA episode examines the considerable controversy surrounding the restoration of Michaelangelo's most famous masterpiece. Underneath centuries of soot and grime the restorers are finding incredibly brilliant colors not usually associated with Michaelangelo's painting style. Is this what the master really intended?



Architecture


CATHEDRAL
0144
Animated,
1965, 58 MIN.

The construction of a Gothic cathedral is explained through beautifully detailed animated sequences and visits to real-life cathedrals throughout France, in-cluding the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

BOOKS:

Macauley, David. Cathedral,:the story of
its construction. Houghton Mifflin, 1973. (4-up)
Hiller, Carl E. Caves to cathedrals; architecture of the world's great religions. Little, Brown 1974. (5-up)

CASTLE
0143
Animated, live action.
1983, 57 mm.

Fascinating look at the building of a 13th century Welsh castle from the ground up, and a window into what life was like for the planners, builders and inhabitants. David Macaulay's amazing drawings form the basis for the unique animation style.

BOOKS:

*Macauley, David. Castle. Houghton Mifflin, 1977. (5-up)
Unstead, R.J. See inside a castle. Warwick Press, 1979. (5-up)
Vaughn, Jenny. Castles. Watts, 1984. (2-4)







BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
0064
Animated, voice of Mis Farrow.
1989, 27 mm.

This lovely version of the story of a beautiful and unselfish girl and the transforming power of love is the better choice for younger children - the darker aspects of the story are played down and the hopeful, magical thread dominates. The winner of a CINE Golden Eagle Award for outstanding children's films.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
0048
Klaus Kinsky, Susan Sarandon
1983, 60 mm.

Sumptuous production from Faerie Tale Theatre has inspired casting and haunt-ing imagery owing much to Jean Cocteau's classic film of the same tale. Too emotionally dark for very young children, older ones will be moved and spellbound.
BOOKS

Mcrinley, Robin. Beauty. a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Harper, 1978. (5-up)
Mayer, Marianna. Beauty and the Beast. Four Winds, 1979. (2-up)
Brett, Jan. Beauty and the Beast. Clarion, 1989. (2-up)



I
Fairy Tales

THE LIGHT PRINCESS
0040
Animated.
1985, 56 min.

Cursed at her christening by an evil fairy, this princess has an unusual problem- she is lighter than air. Consequently, she can never get her feet planted firmly on the ground, and it is impossible for her to take anything seriously. The king and Queen despair, but the appearance of a handsome prince changes everything.
BOOKS

MacDonald, George. The light princess; with pictures by Maurice Sendak. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1977, c. 1969. (3-6)
MacDonald, George. The complete fairy tales of George MacDonald. Schocken Books, 1977, c. 1969. (4-up)
Nesbit, Edith. Melisande. Harcourt Brace, 1989. (~-3)



RAPUNZEL
0045
Shelley Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Gena Rowlands
1982, 60 min.

Shelley Duvall is the maiden with the long, long locks, imprisoned in the tower by a wicked, selfish witch. When she learns to let down her hair so that a handsome prince may climb up, her isolation ends and love begins.. ah, if it were only that simple. The romantic costumes and sets were design-ed to mimic the style of the painter Gustav Klimt, an effective touch with this fairy tale.
BOOKS

Rogasky, Barbara. Rapunzel, from the Brothers Grimm, retold by Barbara Rogasky, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. Holiday House,1982. (1-3)
The Red Fairy book; collected by Andrew Lang. Kestrel Bks.,1978, c. 1976. (4-6)






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