The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976)

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The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976)

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Original BBC mini-series adaptation of E. Nesbit's 1904 book 'The Phoenix and the Carpet.' The story features four Edwardian children who find a strange egg in their newly-arrived Persian carpet. It hatches into a Phoenix bird that grants them wishes and also turns the rug into a magic carpet, which takes them on a series of adventures all over the world and at home.
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  • A group of well-behaved British Children discover a magic egg that holds inside of it a magical creature, a Phoenix. Along with their grandfather's magic carpet, the Phoenix and the children embark on a series of adventures.moreless

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    Might not have had the greatest of production values, but this mini-series falls into the canon of British shows winding up on Canadian Public Television to fill childrens' minds with wonder. When I see a Harry Potter film (or - gasp - read the book) and it tickles me a certain way, it's because I see Harry Potter as being evocative of the kinds of creations that share a spot in the pantheon with Phoenix and the Carpet.



    The best known feature of the series is the metalic Phoenix puppet that takes the children on their adventures. Shares a lot in common with Perseus' Owl from "Clash of the Titans" but without all the stop-motion. The idea of being able to go on a magical journey by simply visiting your grandfather's house, helped sweeten the pot for our own real visits to our Grandma and Grampa's house. More than anything, I see this show as a rite of passage for a child destined to fall into the realm of Dungeons & Dragons and books about Greek Mythology.moreless

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