Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1988)

A Canadian children's fantasy adventure directed by Michael Rubbo.
A child criminal stamp collector steals his friend's father's rare stamp. When the neighbor girl goes to the store where it was sold, she is given a book of seemingly worthless stamps. The boy whose father's stamp was stolen rips up the book, revealing a hidden message. The message tells how to use magic to travel on a stamp and find his priceless book of stamps. This boy travels on a stamp to China and Australia in search of the stamp book.
I watched this many times with my sister when we were growing up. Unfortunately, I didn't even like it as a child, but decided to re-watch and review it because of how strong my memories of it are. The plot was actually put together quite well. The children have many adventures and face multiple conflicts regarding stamps, postage and the stamp thief. The characters were a little on the shallow side, but not unlikable. The video featured an effect during the stamp magic scenes in which the character turned into a drawing done in colored pencil. This was accomplished very well. There were other scenes of things happening to the stamp that were not done so well. When the dog is licking it, you can see the dish of water that has been placed in front of the camera. The audio was not bad. I could hear all of the dialogue and there was a variety of music. Most of the music was annoying because of child vocalists, but the stamp magic theme was instrumental. Overall, a part of my history that I will always remember. I rate it o.k.

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