Frances Hodgson Burnett's 19th-century novel "The Secret Garden" seems nearly a foolproof screen property. Enchanted, innocent of heart, uplifting, yet morally and psychologically complex, the book inspired two memorable theatrical features, two memorable TV movies, and one memorable
Broadway musical and this cartoon dud, done for ABC-TV (released to home video in 1995), that dutifully dumbs the material down to banality.
Orphaned in India, spoiled English child Mary Lennox and her kitty Darjeeling are shipped to her surviving relative's forbidding estate on the Yorkshire moors. Shrouded by tragedy, echoing with the wails of Mary's self-centered hypochondriac li...