Another film which is very, VERY loosely based on a book, in this case the lovely classic Carnegie Medal winning novel The Little White Horse. If you watch the film as a completely stand alone story, it works ok in a kind of 'Updated for Today's Audiences' kind of way.
If you loved the original story, you may question why Loveday has suddenly become some kind of nature goddess rather than the kind & gentle soul of the book, why Robin has been completely changed in both character and family, and why Sir Benjamin has become angry & cold.
Worse of all, the feisty and dignified Miss Heliotrope, a woman of strength of character & conviction in the book, is here protrayed as nothing more than a cartoon character. The Miss Heliotrope of this film is in my opinion an appalling waste of Juliet Stevenson's considerable acting skills.
And this is the disappointment of the whole film really. The elements which make the book magical and wonderful are almost all stripped away, & we are left with CGI wizardry which just does not compare with the charm of the original story.