Awelcome antidote to the many vulgar and often violent films made for younger audiences, this imaginative sequel to the 1987 “Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller” should have no difficulty following in the successful path of its 14 predecessors in Rock Demers’ 10-year-old “Tales for All” series.
Tommy Tricker, his sister and friends return in a new philatelic adventure to free Charles Merriweather, the mysterious lad imprisoned for 60 years on Canada’s famous Bluenose sailing ship stamp.
Two companions see this as a humanitarian cause, but Tommy intends to ask Charles to partner in a stamp collecting biz. Working their magic spells, the children bring back Charles, but he surprisingly turns out to be pretty Molly Merriweather, Charles’ younger sister.
But Molly, back from her lost horizon, is aging visibly. Conjuring up their magic methods, the kids hie to the exotic Cook Islands, where potent layers of Bluenose stamps plastered all over Molly restore her youth and beauty. Tommy falls in love with her, Charles returns, and all ends happily with the suggestion that Tommy may well be traveling again in another sequel.
Michael Rubbo deftly handles writing and direction. Tech credits are first-class, young thesps are beguilingly natural.