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Directed by Bretislav Pojar

Canada, Czechoslovakia 1990 94 mins.

Alec is a lonely little boy who dreams a lot. One day, his father, a doctor who works on ships far from home, sends him some exotic cocoons that transform themselves into beautiful butterflies. One of the larvae turns out to be special: out comes a tiny fairy whose magic tricks include finishing Alec’s chores and giving him the best toys a boy could want. But gradually Alec realizes that only by doing for himself does he gain a real sense of accomplishment. Mixing live action, animation, and gentle moralizing, Pojar offers a charming tale of growth and the joys and pains of love.