The Little Vampire is excellently acted and great to look at. Stuart Little’s Jonathan Lipnicki carries, on his pint-sized shoulders, his every scene as 8-year-old Tony, befriender of vampires, and the Scottish setting lends itself nicely to spookiness. But where this video earns most points is in the plot department. A continent away from his native California, Tony’s having a tough time making new friends when a band of vagabond vampires enters his life through his bedroom window. The encounter seems pure coincidence at first, but then the scary truth surfaces: Tony, though he’s not a vampire himself, has "sympathy for our kind," as the dad of the bat-linked brood puts it. Visions of vampire happenings from generations past invade the third-grader’s consciousness, and they hold the key to the clan’s current gypsy-like predicament. Through his clairvoyance and, by extension, the discovery of a long-lost amulet, the mostly benevolent bloodsuckers are able to reclaim their rightful status as proper cave dwellers in their homeland. Clueless-parent predicaments abound and are cleverer than most—Tony’s mom and dad smirk at their son’s vampire-obsessed imagination until the cape-draped heads of the clan drop by for a visit—and the gang’s adventures eluding a bumbling vampire hunter are genuinely chuckleworthy. At-home Twizzler munchers ages 8 and older won’t soon tire of this charmer of a Transylvanian transplant.
About The Little Vampire (2000)
Starring: Jim Carter, Alice Krige, Richard E. Grant, John Wood, Tommy Hinkley, Johnny Meres, Iain De Caestecker, Scott Fletcher, Georgie Glen, Elizabeth Berrington, Harry Jones, Nick Smith, Robert Yates, Jonathan Lipnicki, Pamela Gidley, Anna Popplewell, Dean Cook, Rollo Weeks, Ed Stoppard, Jake D'Arcy
Director: Uli Edel
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