“Giving Bear” in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s CARE BEARS: THE GREAT GIVING HOLIDAY.
From left to right: Back row: “Cheer Bear” (left), “Funshine Bear” ( right), Front row: “Grumpy Bear” (left), and “Share Bear” (right) in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s CARE BEARS: THE GREAT GIVING HOLIDAY.
From left to right: “Grumpy Bear,” “Wonderheart Bear,” “Giving Bear,” “Harmony Bear,” “Funshine Bear,” “Share Bear” and “Cheer Bear” in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s CARE BEARS: THE GREAT GIVING HOLIDAY.
CARE BEARS: THE GREAT GIVING HOLIDAY is not Christmas time in the traditional sense–this one features the beloved Care Bears giving gifts of love and joy to each other on a specific day. “Happy Great Giving Day” is the name, and everything that takes place to celebrating this holiday is very similar to how Christmas is celebrated–baking cookies, exchanging gifts, and the Great Giving Bear, like Santa Claus, delivers gifts to all of Care-a-Lot–the home of the Care Bears. It’s a new yet fun spin on the holidays and will delight any young one and their family.
Join the entire Care Bears gang to celebrate Great Giving Day, a holiday started by the residents of Care-a-Lot showing acts of kindness and giving gifts to one another. Great Giving Bear is in charge of delivering presents to all those who show good manners and caring, and this year Tenderheart will be his assistant. There are just two problems–Beastly wanting to spoil the holiday as he did not receive any gifts last year, and a troublemaking boy who wants to be the head of the “Great Giving Day Pageant” with his own ideas. The Care Bears must team up in order to restore order to their precious holiday.
The “Giving Holiday” DVD is more intriguing than the Belly Badge for Wonderheart DVD perhaps due to its focus on the particular characters development wise, and it is always a good idea to promote a character’s personality. Harmony Bear, the prominent bear in the featured animation, livens up any scene she is present. Take care though, for those sensitive to flashing images and colors there is a lot presented in the animated film do to the story revealing more of the Bear’s special powers. In addition, it should be noted the DVD packaging show a couple of the Bears as members of the cast; however, they are not present in the final animated product. Aside from that, The Great Giving Holiday will entertain and provide the entire family with something pleasant and fun to enjoy for the holiday season.
Tis’ the season to be caring when the all-new CGI holiday special Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday
• Bonus Episode: CHERRI-NO!
Cheeri-No is a 22-minute long episode about Harmony wanting the bears to make preparations and assist the baby animals for the arriving hibernation season. Everyone is behind this idea, however they find Harmony to be very bossy in getting them to complete their tasks on time. Cheer finds herself overloaded with trying to finish her chores as well as helping everyone else with theirs.
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THE GARFIELD SHOW: A PURR-FECT LIFE is another collection of misadventures from everyone’s favorite orange tabby–Garfield. Based upon the original characters created by comic artist Jim Davis, Garfield quickly realizes that he should not take for his caring owner Jon, his endless supplies of lasagna, his adorably cute and sloppy puppy and best friend for granted.
We again join Garfield as he proves time and time again that cats, and not dogs, are man’s best friend. Garfield’s adorably cute and fuzzy pal Nermal is back for a visit, and the two cats are again at odds as Garfield believes that he is a mere alley cat that eat from a rubbish bin. In Black Cat Blues, Garfield experiences a run of bad luck and is on the bad end of a mice exterminator’s vacuum!
The purr-fect collection of six-episodes also features Garfield’s devoted human, Jon, as he does anything and everything to make his favorite two pets happy. Meanwhile, Garfield shows a very rich and pampered kitty cat what it is like to enjoy a cat’s life even if it means he had to wind up stuck in a tree.
I have always enjoyed the Garfield cartoons. They are always fun, exciting and cleverly animated. Though not perfect with respect to character development and the predictability of each episode plot–it does make for an overall enjoyable animated series.
The Garfield Show: A Purr-fect Life single disc DVD include the episodes The Art of Being Uncute, History of Cats, Meet Max Mouse (Garfield gets into a lot of trouble here), Garfield Astray, Black Cat Blues, Pampered Pussy cat including a short series of animated and informative shorts! The series, developed by Philippe Vidal, Robert Rea and Steve Balissat. Presents in widescreen format to preserve the aspect ratio of its original exhibition. In English Dolby 5.1 audio. Total episode runtime 74 minutes.
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A HOWL-IDAY ADVENTURE!
ALPHA AND OMEGA 2: A HOWL-IDAY ADVENTURES again follow the alpha wolf couple Kate (Kate Higgins) and Humphrey (Ben Diskin) and their three adorable wolf cubs Stinky, Claudette and Runt in a new adventure as they prepare to celebrate the holidays. The pups are just as curious as their father and just like in the first film they will find themselves in an inconvenient predicament–or two. The beautifully animated feature is only 45-minutes long; however, each viewing moment is charming enough for the entire family to enjoy.
The holidays are fast approaching and Kate is busy preparing the cave for her parents visit. Humphrey gets sidetracked while collecting holly to decorate the cave and find marrow-rich bones for dinner. The cubs are bored and decide to go off on an adventure of their own. While trying to escape a large bear, Runt, the smallest of the trio goes missing. When Stinky and Claudette return home without Runt, their mother Kate, their father Humphrey and their grandparents frantically search for the cub. Winter is coming and coming fast. They have to find Runt before the first snow falls and block their return home. Little do they know Runt is not just missing–but he is in the custody of Humphrey’s old and dangerous rivals. Will they return to celebrate the holiday’s with their family? Will they be forced the very real possibility of never returning home?
Alpha and Omega 2 Howl-iday Adventures isn’t as dramatic or as intriguing as the first ALPHA AND OMEGA (2010)animated film. However, it is perfect enough for younger viewers to enjoy and parents not to worry about their kids watching the film. The animation overall is appealing which is a huge plus if you plan on adding the DVD to your collection. The story is decent and is not overly complicated to follow and is predictable. The film also has its heartwarming and adorable moments, filled with enough action and suspense to keep young ones glued to the television.
All told, an enjoyable family film.
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure arrives just in time for the holidays courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The attractive DVD package comes with a code for a free digital download. The film presents in widescreen format (16×9: 1.78:1), DVD Digital Ultraviolet. Closed captioned in English. Look for the home entertainment film exclusively at Walmart.
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From left to right: Claire Geare (“Biggie,” left), Jon Heder (“Fu,” center) and Rebecca Black (“Peony,” right) star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT.
Jon Heder (“Fu”) stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT.
Jon Heder (“Fu”) stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT.
Kung Fu. This time, with a rabbit.
Sun Lijun‘s LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT is what you’d expect of a film with a similarities to the more familiar animated Kung Fu film Kung Fu Panda (2008) and its subsequent releases to try and capitalize on a successful franchise. However, instead of a quality animated martial arts action-comedy, what we see here is a paraphrased tale with horrid voice acting on the part Jon Heder as Fu, the Kung Fu rabbit. Understanding Heder’s attempt to “distance” himself from his more familiar Napoleon Dynamite character. The result: a barely audible and mundane character voice appearance. similar title to a mainstream, successful franchise–lacking in quality. The animation is satisfactory for a lower budget studio, however the downfall of this animated feature lies within the character dialogue, silly special effects, and the fact Napoleon Dynamite was cast as the protagonist. Listening to Jon Heder do a modified impression of his famed character’s voice for ninety minutes is not a satisfying experience, nor one that can be recommended for the viewer to sit through. Kung Fu Rabbit is a “Kung Fu” ripoff in every sense of the word.
Fu the Rabbit (Heder) is sent on a quest at his master Sifu’s deathbed (Tom Arnold) to locate his kung fu prodigy daughter Penny (Rebecca Black) and her sidekick Biggie (Claire Geare) to defeat Sifu’s panda rival, Slash (Michael Clarke Duncan) and save their martial arts school.
It is clear as day the film was inspired by the blockbuster “Panda” hit right down to Michael Clarke Duncan being cast in both films. Did you know that Rebecca Black, infamously known for her annoying and viral video “Friday” voices in this animated film? The realization just hit me while typing out this line. However, to be fair, her performance is pretty decent. Heder “rabbit” serves his role as a sort of poor version of Jack Black‘s panda, but without the funny. The Napoleon Dynamite schtick does not work here under any circumstance, and the only thing worse than his voice is the action scenes and the dialogue between the characters. Scenes where chi energy is used frankly look cheesy and the humor is forced. Usually terrible films and rip-offs should at least get a few chuckles out of the audience for being so bad it’s good, but even in this–the rabbit fails.
Move along, there’s nothing to see here.
Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit special features include “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Jon Heder, Tom Arnold, Rebecca Black, and Michael Clarke Duncan. “Minuscule” Sneak Peek. Presents in widescreen. English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio with optional English and Spanish subtitles. The recording studio featurette shows the cast discussing their reasons for working on the film, the characters they lent their voices to, and why they could relate to those characters. It should be noted the background music is too loud and sometimes it can be hard understanding what is being said. The Minuscule sneak peeks are five animated shorts featuring a variety of insects and their daily lives. Well-animated and with subtle traces of humor, Minuscule can be enjoyed by everyone.
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Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
I truly wish that the SECRET MILLIONAIRES CLUB television series was on television when I was a kid. It would have been a perfect fit in my weekend cartoon line-up nestled comfortably between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Darkwing Duck and the Muppet Babies. The lessons learned in this series would prove invaluable as I pursued financial assistance to help me pay for my college education. I am also sure it would benefit the many of adults who are also under the thumb of the financial institutions to pay back home, car and any other financial loans perhaps haplessly incurred as part of one of the milestones of adulthood.
No worries for the youth of today. Warren Buffet‘s fantastic television series is a “gift” to the growing youth of today. The animated series follows the adventures of Radley, Elena, Jones, Lisa and their robot Starty. As the kids involve themselves in small business projects–whether it is to raise money for a good cause, simply saving money for a “rainy day” and to raise money to buy the things they want, they enter into a savvy and efficient method to go about it. The kids in this series are smart and lucky for them, they are being mentored by none other than Buffet himself.
In volume 2 of Secret Millionaires Club, Radley discovers that his passion for space can help others, Elena, Jones and Lisa learn that in business it’s always good to know your competition and they learn about the value of loyal customers. Follow the group of business-savvy friends as they put on their astronaut suits and go on a space-filled financially responsible adventure!
Highly recommended series.
Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club volume 2 dvd presents in full screen format and is in English. The disc features a total of 6 animated episodes “Down and Out in Beijing,” “Listen to the Music,” “Paranormally We Don’t Do this Kind of Thing,” “The Final Financial Frontier,” “Sweet” and “Just Say Snow.” Special features include additional webisodes: House of Cards, Debt of a Salesman, The Big Trade-off, The Trouble with Credit Cards and Gotta Dance. Total run time 132 minutes.
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