Wednesday, September 21, 2016

[Movie Review] The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today!

Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.

Hello, my lovely readers!
Last week, I told you about the newest Swan Princess movie release, The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! Today, as promised, I'm reviewing the movie, and announcing our giveaway winner!

Style:
Animation and Music
 
As the movie started, I noted that the background music was lovely and very fitting -- somewhat Narnia-esque. The island scenery was also beautiful, if a bit simplistic in its animation style. The living beings seemed rough and awkward in their movements, and the mouths didn't always match the characters' speech. However, most of the returning characters still looked just like the old characters I remembered: Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle, King William, and Queen Uberta.
The animation held a lot of serious flaws, though. The ocean looked pale and shallow; movements of living characters in the water looked completely unrealistic. Alise's animation was generally okay, but there were several scenes where she looked angry for no reason or her eyes were unnaturally far apart. The minor animals that were meant to look "scary," like the gators from the old movies or a set of electric eels, really just looked like fat balloons. Several close-ups happened that felt jarring and didn't make a lot of sense. And because it was so terrible compared to any other bit of scenery, let me repeat that the ocean was completely, totally unrealistic.

Odette though.

Odette.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

[Giveaway] The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today!

 Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.

I grew up watching the animated Swan Princess series based on the Swan Lake ballet. This included The Swan Princess, The Swan Princess and the Secret of the Castle, and The Swan Princess and the Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure. It's been more than a few years since my last viewing, so my recollection is fuzzy, but I remember thinking the turtle and frog sidekicks were hilarious.



Basically, the first movie follows the basic plot of Swan Lake, while the others introduce and defeat new villains.

In 2012, The Swan Princess Christmas was released, which was the first in the series to use CG animation. I haven't watched this one. In 2014, I apparently also missed the Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale addition to the franchise, in which the now-married Odette and Derek adopt a daughter, who is kidnapped and requires her new family to rescue her.

The latest adventure in Odette and Derek's life is this new daughter's quest to be a pirate, titled The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! Here's more information about the movie:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FishFlix Promotion: $100 Giveaway!

Some of my readers may remember my previous post about FishFlix.com, the site that sells Christian movies and television shows. Now, in promotion of season three's release of the When Calls the Heart show based on the popular book series, they're running a giveaway for a $100 gift card!

In order to enter the drawing, one needs simply to leave a review of Season 3 on this page: https://www.fishflix.com/review/product/list/id/1836/category/153/#review-form and send an email to promo@fishflix.com verifying the “nickname” used on the product review. A drawing will take place on September 1, 2016 and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to FishFlix.com.

This is what FishFlix has to share about the new When Calls the Heart Season 3 DVD Set:

We’re really excited about the When Calls the Heart Season 3 boxed set because it provides some truly unique bonuses for committed fans of the show (#Hearties.)

As with the When Calls the Heart Season 1 and Season 2 Collector’s editions, this 10 DVD set contains both the film versions and the TV episode versions of When Calls the Heart Season 3. You can watch the series as 10 hour-long episodes or 5 feature films. As in previous years, fans will enjoy finding small differences between the film versions and the individual episodes.

The really exciting elements of the Season 3 collectors’ edition are the three bonus Discs. Disc 8 features the typical bonus material one would expect from a project like this – behind the scenes footage, interviews, etc. Disc 9 is a special product devoted to the fans that have made When Calls the Heart such a grassroots success - featuring footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January of 2016. The 10th disc is a When Calls the Heart trivia game that devoted fans are sure to love.

In exchange for hosting this promotion, FishFlix.com will be sending me a set of When Calls the Heart season one DVDs. Time permitting, I hope to start a review series of this show during the fall semester at university.