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The Blue Arrow

This dreary 1996 animated feature, a coproduction of Luxembourg, France, and Italy, is based on the Italian myth of la Befana, a good witch who delivers toys to children on the evening of January 5. Her evil assistant Scarafoni has been poisoning her to keep her in bed so that he can sell her toys to rich families; the toys decide to escape and bequeath themselves to an orphan boy who's wished for a ?blue arrow? train. The script, by Umberto Marino and director Enzo d'Alo, is a succession of cliches, and the animation is so sterile and unimaginative that it would insult the visual intelligence of a four-year-old. 90 min.

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