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Seventeen videos, all of them pleasing and some of them enchanting in their inventiveness and unexpected twists. In Stan Resnicoff's Seven Ate Nine number nine is missing and number seven is the prime suspect; numerals are marched down to the police station, and an inventive mix of animation and live action (the numbers "do" Leno and Letterman) shows that the world would have trouble functioning without any nines. In Linda Kudzmas's clever Five Little Monkeys the nursery-rhyme monkeys jumping on the bed are identical each time, but whenever one falls off and cracks his head the doctor is doing something different (one time he's playing golf). Other videos manage to be instructive without lecturing: in Balazs Pal's The Cow's Trousers a cow ogles a pair of jeans in a store window and works multiple jobs to buy them, and in Thomas Voigt's Marvelous Milly and the Fearbuster a girl's fear of the "lumpy bumpies" behind her bedroom curtain is defused when the lurking monsters turn out to be only cats. 75 min.

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