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The Dingles - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB521781
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  William Pettigrew, Douglas MacDonald
Directors:  Les Drew
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Canadian Literature, Children's Stories, Language Arts, Literature, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1988
Running Time:  7:48
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Created by award-winning animator/director Les Drew, this magical animation film is bound to win little kids' hearts! The Dingles is full of singular characters that children can relate to, languid sunshine and warm friendship, sudden adventure and suspense, a happy ending, and just good fun.

The film's characters are a caring, grandmotherly figure, Doris Dingle, and her three delightful cats. Snobbish Donna is forever sorting through and admiring her collection of bird feathers. Curious DeeDee spends most of her time investigating the oddest details of Doris Dingle's activities, while all-round-good-guy Dayoh is intent on digging a hole to China. The plot involves an unexpected gale that bursts violently into the family's idyllic life.

Just how the Dingles escape certain doom is for viewers to find out! Young children will marvel at the storm's intensity, then sigh with relief to see Donna, DeeDee and Dayoh snuggled up in bed, safe and secure after an adventure-filled day.

The Dingles is an ideal film for home viewing, and a wonderful tool for education, pre-school to grade 3.

An adaptation of The Dingles, written by Helen Levchuk and illustrated by John Bianchi - a Groundwood Book published by Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver and Toronto, 1985.

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