Movies On The Little Screen!REVIEWS & CONTESTS | Nirasha Jaganath | April 2, 2012 at 11:27 am
Several wonderful movies are releasing on DVDs soon and you may want to keep an eye out for them. I wanted to give a shout-out of a few that I particularly loved.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
We never saw the 1st movie but I have known about Alvin and The Chipmunks growing up and the last one Chipwrecked happened to come out at a time when my girls were the perfect age to watch it. Plus I knew my girly-girl 4 year old would get a kick out of the Chippettes. I was happy to see that the movie was easily entertaining for the whole family and addressed simply family issues like responsibility and trust, something we do struggle with daily.
The sibling squabbles reminded me exactly of my girls and they giggled guiltily as they recognized the familiarity of it all. Since we had been on a cruise as a family they could easily identify with the pool deck and the cabins. The thing that topped it all for the girls, and me, was the songs. Sure the versions we were used to from our iTunes were not the squeaky versions from the movie, but that did not keep the girls from belting out familiar tunes. I was glad that the Just Dance on Wii finally taught them something.
We Bought A Zoo
I am a big fan of Matt Damon and it is possible that some of that love may come from the fact that he is also a fellow Bostonian but the truth is I consider him a very talented actor. Since I have been working towards getting my kids to see more family type movies, not just animation, I thought this was a good movie to try. I must admit that the story even started much heavier than I assumed, emotion-wise, and I don’t just mean for the kids. The emphasis of the fact that his wife, also the mother of his son and daughter, had recently died touched on many raw emotions for myself as well as I constantly thought of my own mom’s passing away.
If that was not enough the somewhat dark side of the boy’s reactions via his drawings and bouts of anger might have been a bit too much for my kids to chew but I did think they took things lighter than I did. Or maybe it was the focus on the animals on the newly bought home, which came with the zoo, that held their attention. I guess a scene that shows several snakes escaping and sitting on the front yard would more than grab my focus too. Dealing with loss and regrouping as a family is a tough issue to deal with, on-screen or off-screen, but I appreciated them dealing with it they way they did.
As I mentioned earlier, my kids did not grow up on Sesame Street, and I did not grow up on The Muppets. My kids do however know all the characters of Sesame Street and the same goes for me about The Muppets. They were an undeniable part of my childhood and I really did not realize how much until their familiarity made me smile uncontrollably as I explained who was who to my girls. I was unsure whether the movie would hold their attention since puppetry is not something we explore a lot of in movies. I have no idea if it was because of the quirkiness of each character or the extremely hum-worthiness of each song, the girls giggled crazily. I mean who could seriously resist the charms of Miss Piggy, especially if Kermit could not.
Disclosure: I received these DVD’s to review!