The best kid's story about enchanted furniture since "The Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe." In this beguiling fantasy based an Lynne Reid Banks' prize winning book,
nine-year-old Omri (Hal Scardino) discovers a magic cupboard that turns a plastic Indian
figurine into a living, breathing three-inch-tall Iroquois warrior named Little Bear (rap
singer Litefoot). A rootin', tootin, cowboy (an amusing David Keith) is also reanimated,
along with his horse. As Omri deals with his "guests," he learns the same thing Dr.
Frankenstein did; playing God can have some unforeseen consequences. The movie's pedigree
is first-rate: Frank Oz, once Jim Henson's right-hand Muppet, directed and Melissa Mathison
("E.T'' and "The Black Stallion") wrote the screenplay. But for all the amazing
big/little juxtapositions, the movie's real magic lies in the evolving friendship between
Omni and Little Bear. Here's a movie you'll be proud to share with a child. Or with
another movie-lover of any age.