My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Director: Sheree Folkson Cast: Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Tamzin Merchant

DVD (Letterbox)


Author Gerald Durrell's childhood memoir comes to life in this Masterpiece Theater presentation starring Academy Award-nominee Imelda Staunton and detailing the journey of an eccentric family who seeks to escape the dreary English weather by making way to the sun-soaked Greek island of Corfu. Mrs. Durcell is a middle aged widow whose inability to lay down the law with her four adventuresome children has found her embarking on a series of strange adventures. Whether watching patiently as wild, avant-garde writer Larry rabble rouses with his unruly friends, ducking the buckshot of gun-obsessed Leslie, attempting to keep track of teen beauty Margot's bevy of boyfriends, or wondering at youngest son Gerald's amazing ability to bond with animals and insects, Mrs. Durcell is constantly playing catch-up with her energetic children in a household where "normal" is purely subjective and each new day brings a strange and wonderful adventure.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
UPC: 0783421409491
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Access to the Masterpiece Theatre website; Scene selection and closed captions

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masterpiece Theater: My Family and Other Animals
1. Selling Up [10:24]
2. Lessons [17:37]
3. A Whole New Species [13:03]
4. A Birthday Party [16:07]
5. Some News From Home [13:05]
6. Bound for Home [13:23]
7. Credits [:40]

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My Family and Other Animals 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
haritama More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL movie for kids (& adults) from 5 years & up. I have watched it 3 times & I still laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very funny movie, great for all ages. Though it's not very common I think you should watch it. It is especially funny because it is portrayed from a little boys perspective. I definately suggest you watch this movie!
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Gerald Durrell and his books, especially the Corfu Trilogy, which I used to reread every summer when I was a kid, so naturally I was looking forward to see this film. I was not disappointed but then BBC seems to make such excellent takes on these classics. The casting is excellent, and I laughed out loud quite a bit. I loved Imelda Taunton and Matthew Goode, who is hilarious as Larry Durrell. Of course, given that it is a 1,5 hr film as opposed to a TV series (which would be able to accomodate all the stories much better), a lot of stuff is missing from the books, but the rest is delightful, witty and charming. I will rewatch it again and again when I am in a bad mood. And read the books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a remake of a short series that was out some 15 or 20 years ago. I had the good fortune to see the first series with the great Brian Blessed as the family's Greek interpreter. It was fantastic. This remake does not even come close. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago