must be something else, Duke - There must be!"
There has to be more to life than simply sitting
in your cage all day, eating and
sleeping the hours away with ne'er a care in the
world. Archie the rabbit wants
some excitement to brighten up his shed-bound
existence and it finally comes
on Christmas Eve, in the form of a present dropped
by Father Christmas.
It's addressed to a little girl called Polly, and
its sudden appearance is an
inspiration to the rabbit. Archie enlists the
help of his friends Duke the
guinea pig and Babs the clever hamster and with
the additional aid of a
helpful Snowman and some splendidly dexterous pigeons,
the trio attempt
to deliver Santa's present to its rightful recipient
in the nearby village, in
time for Christmas morning...
"Second Star" twists its title from J
M Barrie's "Peter Pan" (of course). In that
classic tale we learn that Neverland can be found
by flying "second
the right and straight on till morning."
The film is very cute, with appealing
character designs and attractive backgrounds, and
the trio making up the main
voice cast do an excellent job with their characterizations.
It's similar in style
to The First Snow
of Winter, Silver
Fox Films' previous award-winning special,
only here we get multi-skilled pigeons instead of
Now here's a sneaky
discovery for toon fans: Archie, Duke and Babs
near the end of their adventure
in Polly's bedroom where, if you look
closely, you'll spy two old Silver
Fox favourites perched upon her
toy shelf, in the form of Annie and
Teddy, otherwise known as
"The Forgotten Toys".
"Second Star to the Left"
premiered on BBC1 on Christmas Eve,
24th December 2001, at 1.22pm.
Star on DVD
Star to the Left: A Christmas Tale
1 / MGM / October 2003
directed by Graham Ralph
principal anim: Mark
Mason, Laurent Grisel,
Ramon Modiano, Odile Comon,
Tanya Fenton, Les Gibbard,
Paul Stone, Barry Hales
Sayer-Wade and Tolga Kashif
for The Music Sculptors
"You Can Be a Hero"
by Becky Taylor
Hugh Laurie (Archie)
Barbara Windsor (Babs)