I Love You Like Crazy Cakes … and more stories about families
Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: B-
The media has sadly neglected Mia Farrow after her
personal business spilled out into the media unnecessarily. Still an amazing talent, I Love You Like
Crazy Cakes … and more stories about families is ironic in exquisitely–read
passages by Farrow of the adoption of a child from China to the U.S. that has
become even more common since. The Rose
Lewis tale about an American woman taking a baby from half way around the world
is remarkable enough, but the weight of Farrow and her beautiful, delicate
voice reading those words to Jane Dyer’s beautiful, gentle illustrations is
just stunning. Only 8 minutes long, it
is brilliant and reminds us what a national treasure Farrow is.
The additional shorts are Three Cheers For Catharine
The Great with its hilarious send-up of dignity and Five
Creatures about pets and animals are a wonderful complement. Uncle Elephant is the only
bonus short this time, but it is longer than usual and a bit uneven. Some children are likely to still really
enjoy it. This is another winning
children’s release from Scholastic.
The 1.33 X 1 image looks good, while the Dolby Digital 2.0
is Stereo throughout. The extras are
few, but include closed captions available for a dual use as a “read along”
function and the other extra short noted.
Be sure to catch the Curious George short also reviewed on this
site in lieu of the feature film release.
- Nicholas Sheffo