SQUANTO: A WARRIOR’S TALE (1994)

   

An interesting movie about an American Indian who was kidnapped by the pilgrims and taken to England to be a slave and his journey at trying to make it back to America, his tribe and his new wife. It kept our interests and I liked the story but may be boring or too much violence for the younger kids. We counted this as a Thanksgiving movie since it did end with the first Thanksgiving dinner.

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THE LION GUARD: RETURN OF THE ROAR (2015)

   

The Lion King is back…sort of. This time with Simba’s son, Kion, who has been given the task of reorganizing The Lion Guard, a group of animals that protect the pride lands. We were both excited to check this out since we are big fans of the original movie. This launches a soon to be TV series and is aimed for the younger kiddos. It wasn’t the super great but it was fun to watch and see our beloved characters back. And although Simba and Nala did not sound like themselves, Mufasa made an appearance in the same booming low voice of James Earl Jones aka Darth Vader aka Awesome. Then, Melissa found out that the actor who provides the voice for Pumbaa has always and I mean ALWAYS, every single time, done the voice for Pumbaa. Nice. I could defintely take a life long job of providing a voice for a Disney character. Sign. Me. Up. One thing did quite puzzle us though, why was Kion’s best friend, a honey badger named Bunga, calling Timon and Pumbaa his uncles??? Did they adopt him? I feel like it would be more appropriate for Kion to be calling them Uncle. They did, after all, half raise his dad. So how did Bunga get into the family? No explanation was given. I can’t just accept this. Tell me!

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2015)

   

The newest Disney/Pixar film doesn’t officially come out until tomorrow (Nov. 25, 2015) but thanks to almost every movie doing “pre-release” or “early screening” these days, we were able to see this movie a day early. This is a really cute movie about what dinosaurs would be like now if they never went extinct millions of years ago. Of course, since it’s Pixar, it made us cry, made us laugh and taught us a new life lesson of the importance of facing your fears to see the beauty on the other side. Also a note on the beautiful imagery: We couldn’t believe how realistic the landscape scenery was. Is that a real tree or CGI?? If I didn’t know I was watching an animated movie, I swear I wouldn’t be able to tell at times, especially in the credits! Well done, Pixar. Well done.

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WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: THE MOVIE (2009)

   

We like the Disney Channel series that this movie comes from, so we obviously enjoy the movie more than those who have not seen or don’t like the show. However, I don’t think the movie lives up to the show. It’s entertaining and has the characters we love from the show, but overall isn’t one of the best. We definitely wished Harper was in it more than brief scenes in the beginning. So uh I guess I’ll end this review in the words of Harper, “Well…..(runs away)”

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THE LAST FLIGHT OF NOAH’S ARK (1980)

   
First thought of the movie…”Hey, it’s Ross and Monica’s dad!” Other than that, the movie was ok. It held our attention since it was an interesting situation the characters were in. But it was weird, especially the ending…I mean, what? You two have to do that right then? It couldn’t wait until you were on land? If you see the movie, you’ll understand what I was saying. If not, then that’s ok.

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101 DALMATIANS (1961)

   

One of the classics. Gotta love the dalmatians. All one hundred and one of them.  This movie of course brought us all the infamous villain Cruella De Vil. She is actually one evil lady.  Who would want to skin puppies and make a dog skin coat? A cruel devil, that’s who. What a coincidence that description matches her name. Watching the movie this time was fun because we watched with an eight year old who had never seen it before. She got pretty stressed about the puppies and their well-being. But she loved it. As do we.

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