The Racehorse Who Wouldnt Gallop by Clare BaldingCharlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.
The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. Theres just one problem - he wont gallop. In fact, he wont even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy.
Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed.
The stakes couldnt be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting?
Find out in this classic, funny animal story, perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell.
Film Review – Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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Director has gone to great lengths to insure that nothing is left unclear, and to make every scene as physical, playful and rollicking as possible. Result is a film that is continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot, one that offers a very generous welcome to newcomers to the play, and reminds those familiar with it of its heady pleasures. From the outset, Branagh injects this tale of foolishness, betrayal and transcendent love with an invigorating earthiness. Playing a major part in setting things right is the eccentric constable Dogberry Michael Keaton , who, with his ragtag band of deputies, manages to execute justice through the most improbable of means. Branagh and Thompson bring appealing intelligence and verbal snap to their ongoing sparring. Looking almost as weird as Beetlejuice, Keaton delivers a very alert, surprising turn as the malapropping constable, reminding in the process that he should never stay away from comedy for too long. Washington is pleasingly stalwart as Don Pedro, while Robert Sean Leonard is highly capable in the pivotal role of Claudio.
When the debt-ridden Grove canceled its season last month in Garden Grove, Bradac and his cohorts became the sole classical company with an Actors Equity contract for many miles around. Still, he should have seen the movie. It is gorgeous to look at no stage production could possibly match its lush scenery and equally beautiful to listen to. That makes it a very tough act to follow. Emma Thompson, who has never appeared more attractive on film, sounds sublime playing the feisty Beatrice. She delivers her lines with colloquial simplicity, rare grace and--when necessary--devastating sarcasm. Yet he makes a lovable fool of himself with every comic detail in word and gesture.
Sunshine and laughter, and merrymakers on a hillside sprinkled with flowers. In the opening scene of "Much Ado About Nothing," Kenneth Branagh insists on the tone the movie will take: These are healthy, joyful young people whose high spirits will survive anything, even the dark double-crosses of Shakespeare's plot. The story involves two sets of lovers. The first, Claudio and Hero, are destined to be almost torn apart by the treachery of others. The second, Benedick and Beatrice, are almost kept apart by the treachery of their own hearts. The plot is driven by the kinds of misunderstandings, deceptions and cruel jokes that work only in stage comedy, or perhaps in P. Wodehouse, where people are always lurking in the shrubbery, eavesdropping on crucial conversations.