Dreamworks keeps coming up more and more great family movies, and although Trolls is not quite as immersive as Sing, it has its own charm and lots of colourful 1970s nostalgia mixed in. Anyone growing up in the era will understand many of the references the Trolls and their enemies, The Bergens come across along the way.
These trolls are not the kind one fights in Middle Earth, nor are they the kind that get loose in the basement at Hogwarts. These are very different. These are tiny, happy creatures based on toys created by the Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam in 1959. Now they are their own nation, and sadly, that tiny tribe lives in a park in the center of a Bergen town, only to be harvested for a festival every year know as Trollstice. On this day, Bergens get to indulge in a feast of happiness that comes from consuming Trolls. This particular Trollstice is the first one for the new Bergen Prince Gristle Jr.(Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but the prince will never learn how to be happy, because this is also the night that Troll King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) gets everyone out of the captive park, and to a new home far in the forest. They live peacefully for twenty years, and soon the Troll princess, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is learning how to be a royal for the time when she takes the throne. Read more...(562 words, 7 images, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
It’s been awhile since we reviewed a animated film, and this one seems right at home in Musings stash. It is a tale told to us from decades ago, but still holds true even today. Let’s take a look at what happened to the colourful town of Thneedville.
While this town seems happy and bright, it holds a dark secret. This story is how one boy, Ted (Zac Efron) learns that the girls of his dreams, the artistic Audrey (Taylor Swift) wants to see a real tree. All the trees in Thneedville are plastic, as is just about everything else. Thneedville is about the most fake town ever. Even the air needs to be bought, and it is supplied by O’Hare (Rob Riggle) Air. Read more...(727 words, 87 images, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
We have seen some movies about characters from parallel worlds coming to our own before, but this the first one to use the classic animated fairytale world. Sure there was The Purple Rose of Cairo, back in the 80s which featured an adventurer from a 1930s movie serial, and a similar mini-series, The Tenth Kingdom, brought characters from a fairytale land to New York, as what has happened in Enchanted. Even Tin Man brought people over from Oz to collect the story’s main protagonist. Those two stories were far more serious and a bit more mature than this one. Hey, it’s a Disney family movie, and it brings the two classic Disney formulas together beautifully! Read more...(771 words, 102 images, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)
This version of the the family film series was more enjoyable than the previous movies that were made in the early 70s. This film was shot in the Jacksonville area, so if things don’t look as Swedish as they should, it is because this is an American production. Not such a bad thing, considering the bad dubbing in the earlier movies. We have a brand new crew featuring some B-list actors that we have seen in films made in the 70s and 80s, like Private Benjamin‘s Eileen Brennan and Happy Gilmore’s Dennis Dugan.
So, it starts as we see Pippi (Tami Erin) and her father, Capt. Efraim Longstocking (John Shuck) on their ship, which is suddenly struck by a freak storm, which separates them, and Pippi finds her way home with the help of some crewmates. She sets up in the old family house, which gets the attention of the two curious children living next door, Tommy (David Seaman) and Annika (Cory Crow) Settigren. The kids think the old house next door might be haunted, but once they meet the “ghost”, she turns out to be the most fun and interesting kid they have ever come across. To Mr. Settigren (Dennis Dugan), she’s a bad influence that needs to be supervised. Mrs. Settigren (Dianne Hull) is happy that her kids are happy, and sees the great things that Pippi can do, all things considered. Read more...(580 words, 89 images, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
There are several older movies that stick with you since you first saw them, and were lucky enough to be treated to seeing them again and again during holidays on TV, before we could instantly view them at any time. There was the Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Yes, Musings did review the latest version of the movie based on the modern classic by Roald Dahl, which starred Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton remake, but this time we are going to focus on the original, and when you get to see this movie exactly how it is meant to be seen, you will wonder why it took so long to get to Blu-Ray.
From the very beginning, we get drawn into this amazing world of fantasy meets pop culture, all filmed in Munich, but we never really knew what town the Wonka Candy Company called home. We get treated to the song about the candy man, and it was such a hit that Sammy Davis Jr. took it to number one on the Billboard charts not too long after this movie was released. Read more...(879 words, 139 images, estimated 3:31 mins reading time)