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Disney Princess Film Festival 2014: Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Starring:
Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury

Other notable appearances:
Richard White, Rex Everhart, Bradley Pierce

Running time:
84 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Aladdin, Tangled, The Little Mermaid  

 

Belle is a sweet and imaginative girl tired of her life in a ‘poor, provincial town’. Beast is a self-centred prince whose castle has been enchanted until he can overcome his selfish ways. To break the spell Beast must learn to love another and earn their love in return. When Belle agrees to stay in the castle so her father will be freed, Beast attempts to win her affections with the help of his servants. Can she learn to love a beast?

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Disney Princess Film Festival 2014: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Review by CJ

Snow White

Director:
William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen

Starring:
Adriana Caselotti

Other notable appearances:
Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, Scotty Mattraw, Roy Atwell

Running time:
83 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio 

 

The wicked Queen, infuriated that she is no longer the fairest in the land, sends the huntsman to kill Snow White and return with her heart. Unable to go through with the act, the huntsman sends Snow White running into the woods where she comes across a house belonging to seven dwarves. When the wicked Queen discovers that Snow White still lives, she takes matters into her own hands.

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Disney Princess Film Festival 2014: The Little Mermaid (1989)

Review by CJ

The Little Mermaid

Director:
Ron Clements, John Musker

Starring:
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars

Other notable appearances:
Buddy Hackett, Rene Auberjonois

Running time:
83 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin

 

Princess Ariel is a mermaid and the youngest daughter of King Triton. When Ariel falls in love with the human Prince Eric, her father’s forbidding sends her into the clutches of sea-witch Ursula. Ariel becomes human and has three days to share true love’s kiss with Eric to stay that way. The catch is that Ursula’s price is Ariel’s voice. When Ursula and her minions start to play dirty, Ariel needs a little help from her friends to get to her happily ever after.

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Disney Princess Film Festival 2014: Pocahontas (1995)

Review by CJ

Pocahontas

Director:
Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Starring:
Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, Russell Means, Christian Bale

Other notable appearances:
Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker, John Kassir

Running time:
81 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan

 

When the English land in the ‘new world’ they are searching for gold and glory. What Englishman John Smith doesn’t expect is that he will find love with native Pocahontas. They must overcome prejudice on both sides before their love can blossom.

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Disney Princess Film Festival 2014: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Clyde Geronimi

Starring:
Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Verna Felton

Other notable appearances:
The most adorable owl in the history of Disney woodland critters

Running time:
75 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid

 

After years of hoping, King Stefan and Queen Leah finally have a child, Princess Aurora. However, when they present their daughter to the world they do not invite the evil fairy Maleficent and invoke her wrath. The wrath comes in the form of a curse that their baby girl will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before the sun sets on her 16th birthday.

Good fairy Merryweather is the only fairy left who can bless the princess, but even she cannot remove the curse. Instead she changes it so that Aurora will not die, but will fall into a slumber only to be awakened by true love’s first kiss.

Merryweather and her fellow good fairies, Flora and Fauna, whisk Princess Aurora off to a cabin in the forest to raise her as a peasant in the hopes that Maleficent will never find her there. When the curse comes true, it is up to the dashing Prince Phillip to escape Maleficent’s clutches and rescue the princess for her happily ever after.

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Dear Dracula (2012)

Review by CJ

Dear Dracula

Director:
Chad Van De Keere

Starring:
Nathan Gamble, Ray Liotta, Emilio Estevez, Ariel Winter

Other notable appearances:
Matthew Lillard, Marion Ross, Tara Strong, Yuri Lowenthal

Running time:
42 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Monster House, Frankenweenie

 

Sam (Gamble) is a classic horror movie aficionado who lives with his grandmother (Ross). When Sam begs for the latest Dracula action figure, his grandmother suggests that he writes to Santa and asks for the ‘doll’. However, with Halloween significantly closer than Christmas, Sam decides it would be a far better idea to write to Dracula instead. This leads to a washed-up Dracula (Liotta) deciding to pay young Sam a visit with his minion Myro (Estevez).

I watched Dear Dracula on a whim because it was free, available and looked like fun. I have never been more happy to judge a book (movie) by its cover (promotional image).

At only 42 minutes, Dear Dracula is a movie that is shorter than most television shows I watch. However, in doing so the creators have ensured it isn’t stretching for material that isn’t there. For the story that is told, the length is perfect and adding to it would only diminish the quality.

The story is endearing as Sam helps Dracula get his scare factor back and Dracula helps Sam get the girl. Dear Dracula also has some very funny moments, including Dracula explaining why vampires who sparkle are not okay.

The animation leaves a bit to be desired at times but overall the aesthetic is good, especially for an animation studio that isn’t Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks.

Overall, with its fun story, amusing characters and subtle undermining of the less than horrific horror/monster films, I would highly recommend Dear Dracula for kids both young and old.

Rating: 4/5

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Review by CJ

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Director:
Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Starring:
Bill Hader and Anna Faris

Other notable appearances:
Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Mr T, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg and Benjamin Bratt

Running time:
90 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Despicable Me, Hotel Transylvania

 

Flint Lockwood (Hader) is a child inventor who grows up to be his small island community’s constant annoyance. Most of Flint’s inventions don’t work at best and cause havoc to the community at worst. That is, until he finds a way to turn water into a unlimited variety of foods. This is a breakthrough for the island population that has eaten only sardines since the rest of the world stopped eating the fish that supported the island’s economy.

However, accident prone Flint’s invention malfunctions and rockets into the atmosphere. Soon after, the sky begins raining cheeseburgers and the town rejoices. Flint forms a friendship with weather girl Sam Sparks (Faris) who is fascinated by the prospect of food raining from the sky. As Flint succumbs to the demands for different foods from the town, his invention begins to reach a dangerous level of instability culminating in what will be the perfect food storm. It’s up to Flint and Sam to save the day, with a little help from their friends.

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