FW MOVIE PICK: INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD

Litefoot and Hal Scardino in The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

I sure have seen a lot of 90’s Tristar flicks from my childhood and this movie is a part of my top must-watch in terms of entertainment and centering on miniatures! On his birthday, Omri is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it magically comes to life as a tiny, cagey warrior named Little Bear. The boy then places other toys in the cupboard and they too come to life, even engaging in entertaining battles. But after Little Bear is wounded, Omri begins to understand that his animate toys are not mere playthings. The film starred Hal Scardino as Omri, Litefoot as Little Bear, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat as Omri’s friend Patrick, Steve Coogan as Tommy Atkins, and David Keith as Boone the Cowboy. While the movie can take pride in the convincing special effects for the time that it was made, the heart of the movie is what makes the whole experience so engaging. Especially for the friendship between the boy and his indian. It also provides us with some insight into history which is important. And of course this won’t be the last time Steve Coogan plays a miniature character. More dramatic then most movies about shrinking, but all the more reason you should check this out!

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