The Boxcar Children Movie {Review & Giveaway}

I received a copy of this DVD from the publisher for review purposes. They are also sponsoring the giveaway copy for a reader. I received no other compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

The Boxcar Children review and Giveaway

Update: Congrats to Brook S.

I have been so excited about this review and giveaway of the Boxcar Children Animated Feature! My boys LOVED this movie! But, before I get into that too much, I’ll tell you a bit about it…

About the Boxcar Children Film

About the Film

Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret – until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

About the Cast

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic!

Our thoughts

I remember enjoying The Boxcar Children book as a child, so I was very excited to see this, and the fact that it came from well-known and respected publishers of family-friendly entertainment made it even more exciting. However, I admit to having my doubts about it. Not all animated features are created equally!

This one did NOT disappoint! My boys loved it so much that they chose it, repeatedly, every time they were allowed to watch TV–probably 3 times in the same week.

But, it’s more than just another kid show. This film is so well done that it is truly a delight for the whole family. My husband and I enjoyed it nearly as much as the children, and that is great when we can find something that the whole family appreciates.

It was great to see the characters of Gertrude Chandler Warner really come to life, and to see that new life breathed into a timeless classic of a story was nothing short of inspiring.

This is just such a sweet, sweet story and I was very pleased to see that the film demonstrated that well. The children demonstrate such kindness and thoughtfulness toward one another! We loved to see that, along with the creativity, hard work, and diligence. As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for lessons in things, and this movie is a great one to build a character study around as there is just so much to learn from this movie and these characters.

My boys are 5 and 7 and the loved it. If you enjoyed the boxcar children as a child, or if you’re just looking for some great family-friendly entertainment, I strongly recommend this video. It will not disappoint.

Purchase the DVD here.

Win a Copy of the DVD!

Now for the exciting part! The publisher has generously allowed me give away one copy of the DVD to one of my awesome readers!! I love being able to bless my readers with giveaways, and have been especially excited about this particular one since we enjoyed it so much.

To Enter:

I’m making this super easy. Simply leave a comment letting me know why you’d like to win.

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The giveaway closes at midnight EST 8/26/2014.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway and is responsible for prize fulfillment. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


  1. Dorothy says

    We would Love to have this movie! My boys are also 5 and 7 and my 7 year old has read as many of the Boxcar Children books as he can find and some of them more than once! Glad to hear you enjoyed the movie and we’ll hope to win!

  2. Jennie S says

    Thank you for the chance to win! We are going on a looonnnnggg cross country adventure in October, and I only have so much room for books! This would be a great treat for the kids on the long trip!

  3. Kristin says

    I loved the books as a child and am enjoying the all over with my kids. We have movie night every Fri and are always looking for a good flick!

  4. Lynn Cox Herschbach says

    What a wonderful way to teach kindness and thoughtfulness to children. My husband & I are foster parents. This would be very helpful to teach these traits to our foster blessings.

  5. Tiffany Day says

    Loved reading the Boxcar Children growing up. I am introducing them to my kids, 3 and 5. They would love love the movie as well, and maybe so would I. :-)

  6. Heather Wahlmeier says

    As a homeschool mom I am always looking for ways looking for ways to teach lessons of Christian behavior to my kids. My kids love your coloring packs so I'm sure they would love this video too.

  7. Heather says

    We are just starting to read The Boxcar Children and my kids would love to see the movie! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  8. Teacher for Life says

    I would love to win this video to share with my 1st through 6th grade students at school. It would also be a great way to encourage them to read the series of the Boxcar Children at school! There’s so many great character lessons in the books!

  9. Rachel Warren says

    My youngest started reading the series last year and loved the books. I looked to see if there was any kind of movie and there wasn’t, so this would be so fun to have. :)

  10. Brooke Smith says

    I’ve recently started reading chapter books with my girls (3&4) and am always looking for good quality, family friendly shows (that are tolerable for adults too :). I’d forgotten about the Boxcar children! I remember loving the book as a child and can’t wait to share them with my own children.

  11. Jenell Costello Cline says

    I would love this DVD for my son! I remember loving this book as a child and I already have some of the books in the series to start reading to my little boy when he gets a little older.

  12. Amber Kemp says

    I LOVED the Boxcar children books as a child! This would be amazing for my son-an incredible way to model kindness and love.

  13. Susan Smith says

    Wow, I didn't know this was out there. I loved these books as a kid and will look forward to sharing them when they get older. I'd love to see the film with them too.

  14. Stephanie says

    We will be reading this book for school before too long. I think watching the movie after would be a great learning experience.

  15. David N Ashley Galarza says

    I want to win! I LOVED LOVED LOVED these books growing up. So excited to read them again with my daughter when she is a little older. :-)

  16. Megan Ann Holloway says

    My oldest daughter would love to watch this. She loved the book so much she wants the rest of the series.

  17. Melanie Camirand says

    I would to win it because I like this kind of quality entertainment for kids and it is really rare.

  18. Susie Wiens says

    I would love this dvd for myself and my daughter. I read the books as a child and I would love it for my daughter to be able to enjoy them as well when she gets a bit older.

  19. says

    The reason I would love to win this DVD is because we have been reading the boxcar children and my children love the books everytime I read them. They would flip if we won this.

  20. Lena Shelly Johnson Conner says

    My children would love this DVD. The Boxcar children we have been trying to get all the books. The DVD would just take the cake

  21. Kory says

    I grew up reading the boxcar children and I loved them! I was so excited each time a new one would come out. My kids are a little young for chapter books, but I would love to introduce them to the boxcar children! (And i’m excited for when they start to read them!)

  22. Sheila Peterson says

    I used to read the Boxcar Children so much growing up that my hometown librarian would refuse to let me check them out from time to time because I wasn’t giving other kids the chance to read them! Now, I’ve bought the first 30 books, so far, for my kids and they really enjoy the stories just like I did. How exciting to see that a video has now been made. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  23. says

    Oh my goodness, Crystal, I had no idea there was a Boxcar movie coming out! This is so exciting. My daughter was introduced to the book series in school last year and she LOVES it. She’s been reading the books one by one. We just got book #5 from the library this past week. She would love this movie, and I would be so happy to provide a quality program for my kids. Thanks for hosting this giveaway – and for letting us know about the movie!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      I was so excited to see it, but also a bit hesitant because I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I shouldn’t have worried. It is very well done :)

  24. says

    I would love to win a copy of the Boxcar children DVD because I teach at a small Christian school and the kids we have would love to see this movie. Some of them have read the boxcar children books and I think the movie would be a great addition to my classroom

  25. Barb says

    We would love to win this because my boys love to read, but often ask if there is a movie, too. Sometimes we luck out! ;)

  26. Deirdre says

    I read a few of those books when I was a kid. My six (almost seven) year old has recently been reading one of them too. It would be a great movie for all three of my kids!

  27. Mandy Germain says

    I read some when I was younger and my kids read them now. Even my mother read them. Would love to see the movie. Thanks for the chance!

  28. Judy Sekerak says

    My kids read these books, too. Will have to keep eye out for movie-maybe I'll see if library will let me request it ahead of time

  29. Bonnie Dučić says

    We would love to be the winners of this movie. I read the books as a kid. My oldest son read two of them for school… fingers crossed ;)

  30. Bethany Furness says

    I loved these books as a kid! I would definitely like to see what kind of movie they made and share it with my daughter.

  31. ashley says

    Read these books as kid and to my classroom as a teacher. About to start reading them with my kindergartener. It would be great to have the movie to go along with the books!

  32. Marisa says

    I would love to win this movie. There aren’t many kid friendly movies that I feel good about showing my kids lately. This would be a fun treat for them. Plus who doesn’t love the Boxcar Children?

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