Roald Dahl: Esio Trot
The Book: Far gentler than most on this list, Esio Trot is the story of Mr Hoppy, an old man, in love with Mrs Silver. Mrs Silver lives in a flat below with her pet tortoise, Alfie.
The story follows Mr Hoppy’s attempts to win Mrs Silver’s hand in marriage. These attempts involve an elaborate magic tortoise scam. Well, if he’d just asked her to dinner it wouldn’t have been much of a story, would it?
The Movie: Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film has an arts-and-crafts feel to it. Flicking between animated felt collages and real-life, it slightly over-indulges on the tortoise theme, but we enjoy it anyway.
It’s quaint and family-friendly, without the syrupy sentimentality usually associated with these sorts of films.
Mrs Silver (after having accepted Mr Hoppy’s marriage proposal): “It’s all due to Alfie.”
Mr Hoppy: “Good old Alfie. We’ll keep him forever.”
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