From the BFI:
The Children’s Film Foundation
BUMPER BOX Volume 1.
3 DVDs, 9 film collection. Year: 1956 – 1984. Total running time: 507 minutes. Black & White and Colour.
For over 30 years, the Children’s Film Foundation provided young audiences with entertainment, employing the cream of British film-making talent. Unavailable for years, these much-loved films now make a welcome return.
A wizard weekend for all the family is guaranteed with this carefully curated assortment of tasty cinematic treats from the Children’s Film Foundation: Britain’s best-loved and longest-running producer of quality cinema entertainment for kids of all ages. It’s fun and adventure all the way from the feisty Fifties to the electric Eighties with this bumper box set, lovingly loaded with nine fab, fast, furious full-fat vintage features and a brand-new documentary. In this Bumper Box the BFI brings together nine fantastic films on three discs with special features including a brand new documentary about the CFF.
Stand well back for 1960s bonfire-night fun in Peril for the Guy (1956), have a kick-about with George Best and Bobby Charlton at Manchester United in Cup Fever (1965) and share your orange squash with an incredible invisible rabbit in Mr Horatio Knibbles (1970)! Take your seats in the Big Top for circus hi-jinx with Anoop and the Elephant (1972), befriend the world’s only ice-lolly-loving Yeti in The Zoo Robbery (1973) and become a young 1970s eco-warrior for The Battle of Billy’s Pond (1976). Attempt to avert nuclear disaster in the nail-biting One Hour to Zero (1976), chase cockney crooks down London’s canals as you join 4D Special Agents (1981) and enlist The Who’s Roger Daltrey to back your 1980s reggae band on Brighton Pier in Pop Pirates (1984)! Take doggie delight in Rover Makes Good, Juno Helps Out and To the Rescue – three 1950s canine crackers from the CFF vaults, guaranteed to make you roll over, woof and wag your tail!
The Children’s Film Foundation Story (2018, 80 mins): split over 3-discs this new feature length documentary looks back at the history of the CFF and some of the classic films it produced. Includes interviews with children of today as they watch the films for the first time. Rover Makes Good (1952, 16 mins); Juno Helps Out (1953, 19 mins); To The Rescue (1952, 21 mins); Interview with John Tully (2018): new interview with the writer of One Hour to Zero; Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt.