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      The Indian in the Cupboard

      PG Released Jul 14, 1995 1h 36m Fantasy TRAILER for The Indian in the Cupboard: Trailer 1 List The Indian in the Cupboard: Trailer 1 The Indian in the Cupboard: Trailer 1 1:43 View more videos
      70% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 41% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings On his birthday, Omri (Hal Scardino) is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it magically comes to life as a tiny, cagey warrior named Little Bear (Litefoot). The boy then places other toys in the cupboard and they too come to life, even engaging in entertaining battles. But after Little Bear is wounded, Omri begins to understand that his animate toys are not mere playthings. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Indian in the Cupboard gussies up its classic source material in modern effects without losing sight of the timeless themes at the heart of the story.

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      David Ansen Newsweek The didacticism is, for the most part, gracefully meshed with the storytelling, and the special effects never take over the show. Nov 4, 2008 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times By making the fantasy real, the movie unleashes all sorts of considerations it doesn't really deal with, and the material edges closer to horror than it probably intends. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Sheila Reid Women in the Life Even kids will be asking for their money back after seeing this incredibly stupid story. May 13, 2022 Full Review David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor The story is sensitively told, reminding young moviegoers that history is made of real people, not the caricatures who inhabit Hollywood myths. Rated: 3/4 Mar 30, 2019 Full Review Common Sense Media Editors Common Sense Media Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids. Rated: 5/5 Aug 9, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kevan G Where else can you watch a movie about an Indian in the cupboard? It was pretty neat when he uses the key in the closet to make the toys come alive and have Darth Vader fight a T-Rex! I loved it when I was 8! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/11/24 Full Review Jacob B I don't think this movie's bad at all. It's not some masterpiece of cinema and it definitely has its problems - the main child actor's performance isn't great and has a tendency to make the same big smile. I think it can be boiled down to director Frank Oz not being used to dealing with children instead of puppets and/or him having to spend a good chunk of the movie reacting to thin air. There's also the fact that the concept has some...alarming implications that seem to suggest the titular character, and others like him, have been inadvertently brought forward in time - but I found The Indian in the Cupboard to be surprisingly enjoyable. The visual effects, while occasionally wonky, have stood the test of time, the interactions between our protagonist with a one-of-a-kind name and the Native American are entertaining (while I pointed out his big goofy smile earlier, he does a good job getting specific reactions when the moment calls for it and the interactions between the big and small characters is all the more impressive when you consider that this was likely done with the same technique for Julia Roberts in Hook where greenscreen was used and may have never actually met each other during filming), the latter character also gets to go through some solid character development alongside a cowboy who's introduced halfway through as they bond over the trauma from their pasts, the film makes good use of its concept allowing for imaginative moments to shine, isn't afraid to deal with darker aspects like a child witnessing death in front of him for the first time (I mean, this is from the director whose biggest 21st-century success was a black comedy called Death at a Funeral and was also the man responsible for The Muppets Take Manhattan a.k.a. the one where Kermit gets hit by a car, so maybe this makes sense when you keep Frank Oz's filmography outside of puppetry in mind) without being too family-unfriendly and sends a decent message. It might not be breathtaking but, with how amazingly mediocre live-action family-oriented movies could be in the '90s and 2000's, it's always nice to find something that actually isn't painful to sit through. Maybe it's the fact that this isn't a comedy. Yeah, that's probably it. P.S. Another reason why perhaps people have treated this movie too harshly: in what other movie are you going to see Darth Vader fighting a dinosaur in a cameo? And, for that matter, seeing him and RoboCop on screen together and it's not a fan film or a spoof? And given how multiverse mania seems to be all the rage these days, what's not to love about that? Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/01/23 Full Review Audience Member this is another one of my childhood favorites from way back in the day! oh what memories.... although the only thing I recall about it is the boy Omri played by Hal Scardino discovered that small figurines came to life in this magic cupboard when the doors closed and then opened again Directed by voice actor Frank Oz of ‘Star Wars’ fame it mainly focused on an Indian named Little Bear who befriends him and later they bring a cowboy named Boone into the mix, of course considering humanity's track record they don't see eye-to-eye the music was also very well orchestrated giving such an emotional beat to it this movie is actually based on the 5 part book series by Lynn Reid Banks which turns out holds a lot of discussions about race, stereotypes, colonialism, and the misunderstood teachings of history when it comes to cowboys and Native Americans there's great themes I was surprised this film managed to get across about tolerance, not using people, bringing up racial issues, understanding cultural diversity, not abusing any form of magic we might acquire, and letting things stay where they should stay Omri at one point shares this amazing cupboard with his friend Patrick, naturally he has to understand why they both can't misuse this remarkable power 'Indian in the Cupboard' is full of magic, warmth, amazing lessons for children when it comes to school teachings, not to mention that history is made of real people and not toys that are just made for enjoyment There's a lot we can take from this children's fantasy in many ways; all we can do to prevent this kind of dark history from recurring is to be honest about what happened and the pain it caused, if we can, perhaps the children who read about it will see things differently Truly this is a movie for all children and families to gain a better, more unique understanding of the many tribes this world inhabits learning to see past petty differences making friendship shine as powerful as any form of magic This is a real winner! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review Emilia G dissapointing, it want even a real indian. not full sized, just v not good enough, i want a remake Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/06/23 Full Review Mike J Sonic is a movie star movie theater movie movie theaters north north of lord Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/28/22 Full Review robert p Maybe I am too grown up for this type of Movie but it held little interest for me especially being an older movie! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis On his birthday, Omri (Hal Scardino) is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it magically comes to life as a tiny, cagey warrior named Little Bear (Litefoot). The boy then places other toys in the cupboard and they too come to life, even engaging in entertaining battles. But after Little Bear is wounded, Omri begins to understand that his animate toys are not mere playthings.
      Director
      Frank Oz, Robert Harris
      Producer
      Jane Startz, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
      Screenwriter
      Lynne Reid Banks, Melissa Mathison
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Columbia TriStar Home Video
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 14, 1995, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 31, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $31.1M
      Runtime
      1h 36m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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