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The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997)

BBC (ended 1997)


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The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997)

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In this remake of the original 1970s series, five children in Victorian-era Great Britain find an enchanted carpet. They also find a magic egg, which hatches and they now have, new friend, a magical Phoenix.
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  • A great British childrens show.

    This was a great British childrens television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites (Amazon.com and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless
  • 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

    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