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Bink & Gollie... and more stories about friendship

Scholastic Video // 1987 // 36 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 6th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson is also known as Bink. In Honduras.

The Charge

Can't we all just get along?

The Case

Scholastic has uncorked another batch of its read-along stories, headlined by a 2012 production of…well…let's just go straight to the breakdown.

• "Bink & Gollie"
By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
From the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, a lively story about two girls who have different personalities and interests but manage to find common ground.

• "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"
By Philip C. Street
Amos is home at sick, bored out of his mind and just a little sad maybe. Thankfully animals from the local zoo decide to enter his house and keep him company and he's fine with it despite the fact that they are animals from the local zoo.

• "The Other Side"
By Jacqueline Woodson
Now for something considerably more dramatic than a zoo animal home invasion: two children, one black, one white, overcome segregation and forge a friendship.

• "Cat and Canary"
By Michael Foreman
A cat makes a friend with a canary. No one dies by ingestion.

Bink & Gollie is yet another nifty little Scholastic set, bound together with the theme of friendship (in addition to "tolerance" and "respect" according to the marketing on the cover). The notable thing about "Bink & Gollie" is it's almost fully animated, versus the standard-issue pan and scan.

The DVD: Mix of full frame and 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, English subtitles, and author/artist interviews.

Nice stories, well-told. Should appeal to lots of kiddos. And parents can rest easy knowing that the themes are sound.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Scholastic Video
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
Running Time: 36 Minutes
Release Year: 1987
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• All Ages
• Animation
• Short Films

Distinguishing Marks

• Interviews


• None

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