[DVD] Movie Review – Bedknobs & Broomsticks

 

I watched this growing up, and it’s part of why I love movies that blend live action and animation (see Who Framed Roger Rabbit or The Incredible Mr. Limpet). Movies don’t really do this anymore, if needed there is 3D animation for characters that can’t be actors.

Anyway, I also really like Angela Lansbury, and this is a young Angela. Also David Tomlinson is a treasure and really should have been in more Disney movies. There is a lot of nostalgia here for me, and so that is my bias here. Fair warning.

The Isle of Naboombu is a great sequence, and I love the ending where she finalizes the last spell to fight off the invaders (this movie takes place in WWII fyi). And, of course, since it’s Disney there’s a variety of lovely songs and dances to go along with the action.

 

[DVD] Movie Review – Coraline

Coraline is a novel by Neil Gaiman, who is known for his dark fantasy work. This movie is pretty much just that, an animated dark fantasy, that almost borders on non-child-friendly.

Dakota Fanning voices Coraline Jones the main character, with Jennifer Saunders as a supporting character, and various others filling out the cast. Wybie is a extra character not found in the book, so that Coraline wouldn’t have to talk to herself.

I’ll remind everyone that I like dark movies (see Gothika) and this is a dark movie. To me animated dark movies are maybe a little too scary for their targeted audiences, so if you’re a parent maybe watch it before you show it to your kids.

Having said all that, I like this movie. I happen to like movies where the child fights for their parents. I do believe children are underestimated quite a lot of the time, so when the plot has the child as the savior I think it rocks. All the characters have parts to play, which I like too. They aren’t just shuffled to the side, they add to the story.

Again, I like this movie, and now I want to read the book!

Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

The Last Hunt (Unicorn Chronicles, #4)The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like the previous book – there is a lot going on here. The last hunt to destroy the unicorns has begun with Cara right in the middle of it. This time she’s going to see another dragon, Graumag. The hunters bent on destroying the unicorns are destroying Luster in the process, tremors shake the land.

The world is dying and only one being can heal it, but he is no where to be found. Cara is reunited with the group she lost and even rejoins her father her mother. In the end it takes all the inhabitants of Luster to save it.

I will honestly be rereading this series again, and probably a few times after that.

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Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3)Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finally finding a copy of the hardcover (this doesn’t exist in paperback) I devoured this book too. It is the third book in the series and there is a lot going on here in this book. It shows by how much bigger it is than the last two books in the series.

Continuing the plot in the magical land of Luster Cara is given the task of learning a story from the Chiron, leader of the centaurs. However, their trip does not go as planned. The group of five start out easily but soon enough the three unicorns, two humans, and dwarf are split into three groups each with their own objective as the plot to hunt and kill the unicorns thickens.

I’m fully tempted to go back and reread this book again as I said there are many things going on in this book. We find out about the rainbow prison, meet the mysterious Fallon, playful Rajiv, and the unpredictable dragon, Ebillan, as well as a handful of Centaurs.

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Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville

Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the first book in this series, I devoured this as a slightly older adolescent. The story continues on in the magical world of Luster. We meet more magnificent creatures and have more adventures as the plot thickens and becomes more mysterious.

Our heroine is Cara, a girl from Earth who has flung herself into another world to escape the man following her. Last book we met a unicorn, the Dimblethum, the Squijum, and the Delvers. This time we meet a dragon, the Chronicle Keeper, and a gryphon in the attempt to figure out just what exactly is going on in Luster.

This is my second or third time reading this book and I still enjoyed it. The magic has not dulled with this book either and I cannot recommend them enough for those who can still find them. I am not a big audiobook consumer, but the audio versions can still be found on Amazon.com.

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Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a teenager (and an adult) I liked unicorns, so my mother bought me this book, Into the Land of the Unicorns. One night I couldn’t sleep, found the book and read it all in one night. I was instantly hooked, and still am. It reads quicker now as an adult as it is more of a YA/children’s book, but I still love it.

I recently found the last two books in this series (they are hard to find, only in hardcover or audio files really) and wanted to reread the first two books before reading the last two (as a book lover does).

Rereading them as adult has not dulled the magic these books emitted as young teenager the first time I read them. I also mentioned these books the Thrice Read Tag I did on my blog and my statement there is true here. These are and will be my most reread books.

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