DVD Review – Strange Magic

May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Strange Magic DVD

Strange Magic

  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
  • Studio: LucasFilm Ltd.
  • Genre: Animated musical fantasy comedy
  • Rating: PG
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Discs: 1
  • SMRP: $29.99

What I See:

Genius American filmmaker George Lucas’s CGI animated movie about oddball fairies, goblins, elves, and beasts, using a pop-culture sound track to tell the story adapted from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a modern operetta. Call it Strange Magic, but magic it is. Bet that its lack of box-office success will not stop it from becoming another Lucas classic in the making. What makes it so is its impressive voice acting (Alan Cummings, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sam Palladino), lovely colorful art, and loud and clear message EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE LOVED. I just wish it had been released on Blu-Ray as well as DVD. Its artwork is beautiful.

Brief Summary:

Tag this feature as “A Music-filled Fairy Tale About Finding Love in the Unlikeliest of Places”. Its fairies and light vs bog creatures, outside vs underneath beauty, love potion vs true love, and people with flaws combine into a meaningful fantasy.

PR Release:

“Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

BONUS FEATURES: Magical Mash Up: Outtakes, Test and Melodies, and Creating the Magic

My Opinion Only:

Princess Marianne is a positive roll model for girls. Two thumbs up for another feature which shows a true heroine, capable, not depending on a man. Its theme, namely in a male dominant world, women can be strong (or not) is appropriate when so many heads of household raising children are female.

Strange Magic dares to be different. Lucas conceived Star Wars for 12 year old boys, just as he conceived this one for twelve year old girls. However, Strange Magic’s 15 years in the works changed the market. I Bet it will develop a cult fan base similar to Burton and Raimi’s films.

Here is the official trailer.

Here are some fun activity sheets.

Download Strange Magic Fun Games

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May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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DVD Review – The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Day at the Races

May 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Day at the Races

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Day at the Races

  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2015
  • Studio: Shout Kids
  • Genre: Animated
  • Rating: TVY7
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • SMRP: $12.99

Shout Release:

Everybody, on your mark… get set… and race your way to fun with Chuck and his very best friends — Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip! Join the gang as they race each other to win a radio contest, form and astronomy club, create the perfect Mother’s Day gift and more. Strap yourself in, sit back and enjoy the ride!

Brief Summary:

Day at the Races stories about radio contests, astronomy clubs, demolition, anticipation, expanding interests, accidents, the joy of giving, worthy gifts, helping others, even envy are lessons of friendship, promises, and responsibility.

Episodes include:

  • Contest Countdown
  • Tough Break
  • The Short Cut
  • Race to the Race
  • Join the Club
  • Rowdy’s New Rigg
  • The Regifters
  • Mother of All Gifts
  • Wallbashers
  • Kid Stuff
  • Plus bonus brand-new sing-along

My Opinion Only:

Too bad that this eight release will probably be the last as grandson AL absolutely enjoys this series. Preschooler boys especially like to playing with cars and trucks, which makes stories about such vehicles hold their interest and attention. Just like people are different, so are little Chuck and friends (dump, bulldozer, tow, garbage, monster, and stunt trucks) in how they react and how they feel growing up.

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DVD Review – Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes

May 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

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 Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes

Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes

  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2015
  • Studio: Shout Kids
  • Genre: Animated
  • Rating: TVY7
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • SMRP:  $14.93

Shout Release:

Everyone’s favorite emergency first responders — Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder — return for five new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family! And this time, they’re joined by iconic Autobots like Bumblebee and, of course, the greatest leader of all time: Optimus Prime!

Brief Summary:

It’s the Transformers, an alien rescue team disguised as rescue vehicles and the Burnooses, a family of heroes, dealing with natural and manmade disasters. Watch them save the day as they deal withmeteor parasites, alternate times, snow day virtual vs real games, memories lost, weather machine prototypes, and evil Dr. Morocco.

Episodes include:

  • Bumblebee To The Rescue
  • Bot To The Future
  • A Virtual Disaster
  • Changes
  • Rise Of The Heroes

My Opinion Only:

Transformers Rescue Bots is an action series gentler than most Autobot ones. Simply animated, its episodes aimed for younger audiences show almost no violence to either people or machines. Its stories center on friendship, loyalty, cooperation, and protecting those in need.

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May 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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