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The Talking Parcel

The Talking Parcel (also published as The Battle for Castle Cockatrice) is a 1974 book by Gerald Durrell in which children are transported to the fantasy land of Mythologia to save it from cockatrices. They are aided by a talking parrot and encounter many other magical creatures, including a mooncalf. It was made into an animated feature for television by Cosgrove Hall Films in 1978, debuting on ITV. However, the film differs from the book mainly by introducing only one human protagonist, the girl Penelope.

The voice cast consisted of:

  • Lisa Norris … Penelope
  • Freddie Jones … Parrot
  • Mollie Sugden … Hortense, the Flying Train
  • Roy Kinnear … Ethelred
  • Edward Kelsey … H.H. Junketbury
  • Windsor Davies … Chief Cockatrice
  • Michael Hordern … Oswald, the Sea Serpent
  • Peter Woodthorpe … Werewolf
  • Harvey Ashby … Duke Wensleydale
  • Raymond Mason
  • Daphne Oxenford
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