On Tweedy's Chicken Farm in the north of England, Ginger is sick of being cooped up and forced to lay eggs. Determined to lead her fellow chickens to freedom, she tries one escape plan after another - but nothing works. Then one day a new arrival crash-lands in the barnyard: Rocky the Flying Rooster a brash, cocksure American escapee from a nearby circus. In return for hiding him from the searchers, Ginger persuades Rocky to teach the chickens to fly.
Intelligent, provocative, glamorous and intriguing, this three-part series points the camera at the inside pages and inner workings of the first international medium. Venture inside the editor's suite and go on location to the interviews and the photo shoots of the greatest magazines in the world.
Newscaster Evan Baxter leaves Buffalo behind when he wins a seat in Congress. Moving his wife and family to northern Virginia, he seems to have it made, then God throws a crisis of biblical proportions at his feet: The Lord wants him to build an ark and line up all the animals two-by-two in preparation for a flood.
The spirited Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, General Shang, asks for her hand in marriage. Before the wedding, however, Mulan and Shang must seal a national alliance by escorting three princesses to their own arranged marriages. When Mulan discovers these women are to be wed against their will, what started as a fight against the rival Mongols becomes a fight with her beloved fiance. Breathing fire into all this mayhem is the mischievous Mushu, who wants to keep Mulan single in order to retain his job as her guardian dragon.
One night, after being forced by her stepmother to look after her infant brother Toby, Sarah's resentfulness gets the better of her and she wishes her problematic younger sibling would just disappear. Unfortunately for Sarah her calls do not fall on deaf ears, and powerful goblin king Jareth answers her cries and whisks baby Toby away. Realising her mistake, she pleads for the safe return of Toby and makes an agreement with Jareth that he will return him but only if she can successfully negotiate her way through the treacherous labyrinth that surrounds his mythical castle filled with all manner of bizarre creatures, puzzles and his own goblin army.
This high-octane adventure comedy shows that life is about the journey, not the finish line. Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there's more to life than trophies and fame.
Our favourite trio of talking animals is back in this action-packed Disney adventure that'll have the whole family bursting with excitement and laughter. When the pets accidentally get separated from their vacationing owners, Chance, Shadow and Sassy navigate the mean streets of San Francisco, trying to find their home across the Golden Gate Bridge. But the road is blocked by a series of hazards, both man and beast. It's another incredible journey for the three very brave, lovable pets, in a thrilling, funny adventure that's bound to please the entire family.
A little girl is born with a mysterious bump on her bottom that soon grows into a beautiful tail that expresses her emotions. It wags her joy, flicks her anger, droops in sadness, or hooks into a curious question mark. The little girl's parents proudly celebrate their daughter's uniqueness, encouraging her exuberant self-expression. At school, her tail inspires magical make-believe adventures with her friends, transforming into a snake or dragon, an explorer's telescope or a magic wand.
When Santa and his new best friend, Paws, discover that the boys and girls of the world have lost the spirit of the season, they take a trip to New York City. But after Santa loses his memory, it's up to Paws, a faithful orphan named Quinn, her new friend Will and a wonderful group of magical talking dogs to save St. Nick and show the world what Christmas is really all about.
Tim Marlow meets some of the world's most admired creative individuals to reveal how visual art inspires and motivates them in their life and work. Designer Paul Smith meets Tim at his studio in London.
As Chester Kent dives head first into producing musical shorts for the cinema, he must contend with his greedy ex-wife Cynthia, predatory gold-digger Vivian Rich, faithful girl Friday who loves him from afar Nan Prescott, would-be star Scotty Blair, who's living off an older benefactress, his assistant Francis, who constantly moans "it will never work" and secretary Bea Thorn who finally takes off her glasses and becomes a star.
Following a teenage Leonardo da Vinci and set against the breath-taking backdrop of 15th century Florence, this series is far from a typical period drama. Bursting with mystery, adventure, comedy, and even a slowly unfolding love triangle, the show charts the exploits of history's most dynamic group of teens.
You can take the girl out of Gosford but you can't take Gosford out of the girl. It's a favourite saying of Julia Morris's and she is testament to this fact. She takes Our Julia on a trip through the NSW Central Coast in a shiny Morris Minor just like the one in which her mother once drove the very same streets.
Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball to meet her Prince.
Austrian military officer Leo von Sellentin catches but a momentary glimpse of Felicitas standing in a railway depot, but the vision seared into his mind changes his life forever. When Leo meets Felicitas a few years later, he can't help but fall in love, unaware that she is already married.
In this highly physical game and variety show, Japanese pop idols Arashi pit their wits, strength and courage against a different team of entertainers or sportspeople every week. The battles are intense as the teams compete for points and very cool prizes. In Japanese.
In this sequel, a stray bird named Margalo is being terrorised by the Falcon and Stuart offers her a home with the Little family. But Margalo is hiding a dark secret, and when she mysteriously vanishes, the unlikely duo of Stuart and Snowbell set out on a heart-pounding journey to find her and unlock the mystery. They have no idea where they're headed - all Stuart knows is he has to find Falcon's lair and get Margalo back!
Mr Magorium owns the most amazing store in the world - a tantalising toy haven in which everything inside literally comes to life. But when the boss decides to retire, the shop throws a tantrum, and all its wonders begin to cease. Now Mr Magorium's reluctant manager, sceptical accountant and most loyal customer must work together to save the emporium by finding a little magic within themselves.
This classic has charmed audiences for generations with its irresistible tail-wagging stars, memorable story and wonderful blend of humour and adventure. Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London - including 15 from Pongo and Perdita's family. Through the power of the 'Twilight Bark', Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again.
The story of a magical, life-changing encounter between a wild fox and a young girl, portraying the story of their impossible friendship played out against a breath-taking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own formative childhood encounters with a fox and drawing on years of wildlife documentary experience seen almost exclusively from the animal's perspective, director Luc Jacquet's film offers an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature. Original title: Le Renard et L'enfant. In French.
In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.
Derek Thompson, known as 'The Tooth Fairy' is a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labour as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite wings, magic wand and frilly tutu. At first, Derek can't handle it as he bumbles and stumbles as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes, doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.
The Magnificent Tati is the first English language documentary which explores the work of French director/comedian/creator extraordinaire Jacques Tati. One of cinema's greatest artists, Tati pushed cinema to its limits with six feature films that redefined how we experience movies.
An American legend comes to life! Captain John Smith leads a rag-tag band of English sailors and soldiers to the New World to plunder its riches for England (or, more precisely, for Governor Ratcliffe, who comes along for the ride). Meanwhile, in this 'New World', Chief Powhatan has pledged his daughter, Pocahontas, to be married to the village's greatest warrior. Pocahontas, however, has other ideas. She has seen a vision of a spinning arrow, a vision she believes tells her change is coming. Her life does indeed change when the English ship lands near her village. Between Ratcliffe, who believes the 'savages' are hiding the gold he expected to be plentiful, and Powhatan, who believes these pale newcomers will destroy their land, Smith and Pocahontas have a difficult time preventing all-out war, and saving their love for each other.
This thrilling and thoroughly captivating theatrical hit from Disney has become an instant favourite with audiences of all ages. You'll lose your heart to Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup; Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who lives up to her name; and Shadow, a wise old golden retriever - all of whom express themselves with very familiar human voices! The adventure begins when the loving owners of these irresistible pets are forced to leave them in the temporary care of a friend who lives hundreds of miles away. But after several days, the worried animals begin to think their family must be in trouble, so they decide to head for home. On their incredible journey across the ruggedly beautiful Sierras, they encounter unexpected surprises from man, beast, and nature alike. It's an unforgettable story of love, courage, and devotion that will delight and inspire generations to come!
When Flynn hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer to prove his work was stolen by another executive, he finds himself on a much bigger adventure. Beamed inside by a power-hungry Master Control Program, he joins computer gladiators on a deadly game grid, complete with high-velocity light cycles and Tron, a specialised security program. Together they fight the ultimate battle with the MCP to decide the fate of both the electronic world and the real world.
In 2009, Yoko Ono wrote the timeless message of Home, Hope, Faith and Love. With powerful, instructional prose such as: 'Do you know where your Hometown is? Your Hometown is a place you choose'. 'Look after your hometown in your mind. Send it lots of love'. Weaving a storyline that encompasses children and places from all over the world, this 7 minute animation of original illustrations, plays out Yoko's instructional positivism, using a backdrop of her voice, recorded especially for this film.
The ABC of Dance 4 Film will challenge your expectations and tantalise your senses. Hosted by Australian dancer and choreographer Frances Rings and UK hip hop artist and theatre director Jonzi D, the three episodes showcase short dance films from around the world. The series is a unique collaboration between ABC TV, Channel 4 (UK), Arts Council England and the Australia Council for the Arts. The films have been sourced from eight different countries and also include five films that were chosen competitively to be especially commissioned for the project.
The Story Of Bran Nue Dae gives the background to the making of the feature musical Bran Nue Dae. It tells how this crazy madcap story, based on a stage-play by Broome writer and musician Jimmy Chi and his band Kuckles, made the transition to the silver screen. It also looks at the experiences of these artists who grew up in the 60's in the multi-cultural pearling town of Broome in the far north of Western Australia.
The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honour her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit." Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.
After visiting the cinema, Figaro is struck by the call of nature. With the boy's toilet occupied, he has no choice but to duck into the girl's stall. Then a red-headed girl with braces (Prudence) begins knocking loudly.
This week, Artists At Work follows the trials and triumphs of The Glass Percussion Project as its creators, Eugene Ughetti and Elaine Miles, prepare for an ambitious performance in the Atrium Gallery at Melbourne's Federation Square. The Glass Percussion Project is a meditative and musical interplay inspired by the themes of air, water and divine melody, where Ughetti is the percussionist/composer/conductor and Miles is the glass/installation artist.
A BAFTA Los Angeles winner and Australian Academy Awards nominee, The Telegram Man, starring Australian screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton, explores the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community.
Biting, bite-sized comedy as Sammy J rips into the political machinations of Canberra and beyond. With an insatiable appetite for politics, Sammy blends comedy and song where he can harass and heckle the politics of the day.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
Is a movie director's vision more vivid than a child's imagination? Challenge your students to compare what they've read with what they've watched in these film adaptations of classic books for children.
After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their movie adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.