Directed by Les Drew
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada
DVD Purchase $59, Rent $20
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $20
US Release Date: 1989
Copyright Date: 1988
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-796-5
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0193-5
Children's Stories: Animation
Film Animation Studies
Awards and Festivals
ALA Notable Children's Film
First Prize, Animation, Chicago Int'l Festival of Children's Film
Red Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
U.S.A. Film Festival
New England Children's Film & Video Festival
A warm and loving film about a household facing and overcoming a crisis.
A warm animated adaptation by Les Drew of Helen Levchuk's book about a caring, grandmotherly figure, Doris Dingle, and her three delightful cats: Donna, DeeDee, and Dayoh. Suddenly a ferocious storm bursts violently into the family's idyllic life. Young children will marvel at the storm's intensity, then sigh with relief to see everybody safe and secure.
THE DINGLES brims with sparkling colors, singular characters that children can relate to, languid sunshine and warm friendship, sudden adventure and suspense, a happy ending and just good fun.
THE DINGLES is a great discussion starter for programs by librarians, teachers, and guidance counselors to discuss friendship and trust, security, and dealing with a crisis.
"Against the backdrop of the marvelously animated storm, Doris Dingle rallies to save her 'children' from the ferocious elements in a determined, albeit comic, way. Fun and funny, this winner from NFB is highly recommended."
"A fine musical background accompanies the lively narration, which helps to make this production an exceptionally entertaining and refreshing experience. At the same time, The Dingles could also be a way into a child's world and a starting point for a discussion about sharing feelings and pinpointing those to whom one would turn in a crisis. Many children who have under-gone natural or personal disasters can be reassured by watching this video...Every cat lover...will succumb to the charm of the delightful animation."
****Video Rating Guide for Libraries
"A charming tale noted for its bright, delightfully drawn animations and winsome, whimsical characters. Highly recommended."
"Absolutely delightful. Beautifully animated. Kids from 2 to 102 will love this."