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.

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.

The Return of Tommy Tricker

Canada

Production

A Malofilm release (Canada) of a Rock Demers and Kevin Tierney production (Les Productions la Fete) with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Sogic Quebec, Government of Quebec (Programme credits d'impot), The Movie Network (First Choice), Super Ecran, and the collaboration of Canada Post Corp., La Societe Radio-Canada, CFCF Television Inc., Radio-Quebec, Endeavour Tucker Ltd. (Murray Newey and Judith Trye). (International sales: Productions la Fete.) Directed, written by Michael Rubbo.

Crew

Camera (color) Thomas Vamos; editor, Jean-Pierre Cereghetti; music, Kate, Anna and Jane McGarrigle; art direction, Guy Lalande; costumes, Suzanne Ferland; sound, Louis Dupire; line producer, Lorraine Du Hamel; associate producer, Ina Fichman; casting, Lois Siegel, Agence Elite. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Market) May 21, 1994. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Tommy Tricker ... Michael Stevens Cass ... Joshawa Mathers Nancy ... Heather Goodsell Albert ... Paul Nocholls Ralph ...Andrew Bauer-Gador Molly ... Adele Gray
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